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Final Frontier - 2002 The First Wave

ARTIST: Final Frontier
ALBUM: The First Wave
LABEL: Z Records
SERIAL: ZR1997076
YEAR: 2002


LINEUP: Rob Moratti - vocals * Mladen Haze - guitars, keyboards, bass * Joe Tambourini - keyboards * Pier Greco - bass * Roger Banks - drums, percussion * Pete Lesperance - guest lead guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Restless Heart * 02 Two Strangers * 03 The Power * 04 Ambrosia * 05 Long Live Those Golden Years * 06 Show Your Love * 07 Forever's A Heartbeat Away * 08 Hello And Goodbye * 09 Once Touched By Love * 10 Soul Surrender * 11 The Last To Know


This is the debut Final Frontier from 2002. We have reviewed all of their subsequent releases, and we're sort of covering some blank spots in terms of the many artists covered here at GLORY-DAZE. No doubt you'll see us picking off the glaringly obvious omissions among the reviews not already written. We'll start here with the principal Canadian duo of Rob Moratti and Mladen Haze. Many of you will know that both gentlemen came from similar but different backgrounds. Rob of course had his own band Moratti while Haze was part of the supergroup Von Groove featuring Matt Gerrard and Mike Shotton. It came as a bit of a surprise when these two hooked up. Even more of a surprise that the pair decided to sign with troubled UK record label Z Records. However, as it would prove, 'The First Wave' ended up causing a minor tsunami among melodic rock fans during 2002. It would be the first of a handful of albums that Final Frontier would release over the next few years, but it all started here.

The Songs
We're sorta doing things backwards here, because we've already reviewed their other albums, and have become quite familiar with the material. 'The First Wave' is the embryo of the ideas that would follow on 'Second Wave' and 'High Tension Wire' and 'Freelight'. Certainly with 'Restless Heart', things open up in a promising fashion, likewise the breezy 'The Power' which sounds like a Saturday Night anthem for the boys. 'Ambrosia' is Final Frontier's first ballad, and it's a killer! Gorgeous AOR is an understatement with this song. 'Once Touched By Love' is a good 80's styled rocker a la Helix, whereas 'The Last To Know' sounds like something you'd find on that 1991 Surrender album. You know the album? The one that sold for mega bucks on Ebay at one stage. Not at all the songs hold together well, particularly when reviewing this CD a few years later, but as we know, the band improved markedly for their next albums.

In Summary
Final Frontier stayed with Z Records for their next album 'Second Wave' before changing ship to Frontiers and Escape Music for their subsequent releases. 'The First Wave' is worth collecting if you are a fan of the band, hopefully Rob and Mladen will be back for more in the second decade..

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