First Signal, a musical union between Canadian singer Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) and Swedish drummer/producer Daniel Flores (The Murder Of My Sweet, Find Me), has announced the upcoming release of their new album, Closer To The Edge, in April 8.
The new record, their fourth overall, offers another outstanding collection of songs that continues the fine tradition they have now established over the course of their discography. The first single and music video from the album, “Don’t Let It End”, was released today. Watch the video below and pre-order/record Closer To The Edge on CD/digital here.
Hess is, as always, on fire here and it’s another outstanding production job from Flores. As with previous releases, this will be another must-have for fans of the AOR/melodic rock genre as, in 2022, it doesn’t get any better than this. Pete Alpenborg (Arctic Rain), Guillermo Del Medio (Inner Stream), Alessandro Del Vecchio, Kristian Fyhr (Seventh Crystal), Herman Nori and others have brought their songwriting talents to this latest installment with spectacular results. “Closer to the Edge” is once again a total delight for AOR and melodic rock fans and an easy candidate for AOR Album of the Year.
Launched in 2010, First Signal began as a musical partnership between singer Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) and German producer Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Khymera). The seeds of this union were planted the same year when Frontiers president and head of A&R Serafino Perugino introduced Hess to melodic rock songs that had the same vibe and magic as Harem Scarem, who, at the time, was on hiatus. The self-titled debut album was met with excellent reviews from the melodic rock faithful, so even when Harem Scarem rebooted to record an excellent comeback album, Thirteen, Hess was still eager to record more excellent songs. of melodic rock that he had collected from various songwriters under the First Signal banner.
So the idea for another First Signal album kept floating around and with the help of Swedish producer/drummer Daniel Flores who now steps in for Ward, the second album, One Step Over The Line (2016), began. to take shape. Once again, the inspiration behind the songs was Harem Scarem’s first two albums, two absolute classics of melodic rock, but, as with the debut, new twists have been added with the songs covering everything from AOR to Hard Rock Arena. The album was also received with great enthusiasm by Melodic Rock/AOR fans, especially in Europe. With that kind of reception, recording a third album, Line Of Fire (2019), was a no-brainer. With songs provided by Stan Meissner, Harry Hess, Henrik Hedström, Lars Edvall, Anderz Wrethov, Andreas Johansson, Carl Dixon, Bruce Turgon, Sören Kronqvist, Morgan Jensen, Hal Marabel, Daniel Palmqvist, Ulrick Lönnqvist, Nigel Bailey and tasks by production handled once again by Daniel Flores, “Line of Fire” was another impressive slice of great AOR/melodic rock for the 21st century.
And now, in 2022, the band is continuing the traditions they established with their three previous releases on their catalog’s fourth entry, Closer To The Edge.
“Don’t Let It End”
“I don’t want to feel that the night is over”
“Show me the way”
“Don’t Look Away”
“Closer to the Edge”
“Angel with a Rose”
“He Who Hurts”
“I must believe”
Video “Don’t Let It End”:
Harry Hess – Vocals
Daniel Flores – Drums
Andi Kravljaca – Guitars
Jonny Trobro – Bass