Classic Rock is a great music magazine, and in their August edition they had a review of Baptism by fire. Since the British magazine is not online, I’ll write the complete review for you here to read:
Baptism by fire – Frontiers
By-the-book AOR done to perfection.
Fergie Frederiksen’s achievements with Toto (he sang on 1984’s celebrated Isolation album), Trillion and LeRoux will be familiar to AOR buffs. Tommy Denander, leader of his own all-star project Radioactive, might well have credits on more than 1,000 releases but he is Frederiksen-Denander’s junior partner.
Baptism by fire took the US/Swedish pair three years to create, and disciples of the melodic rock genre will agree that the time and effort involved were not wasted. Right Heart, Wrong time and Written in stone are perhaps the best songs here, allthough with the help of Ricky Phillips from Styx, former Survivor tunesmith Jim Peterik and ex-Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro, among others, the record’s consistency levels do Fergie and Tommy proud.
7 out of 10. Dave Ling