H.E.A.T — H.E.A.T (review)

H.E.A.T — H.E.A.T album cover Album · 2008 · Hard Rock Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
Sweden continues to amaze me in the last couple of years, providing a lot of entertainment from almost any kind of genres, and this time, H.E.A.T has a chance to blow me away with an enthralling grandeur melodic rock in the veins of classic 80s heroes such as Bon Jovi, Europe, Survivor, and Giant. Most of the members are very young, probably in their early 20s, but thumbs up for their songwriting capacity and instruments-handling expertise. Kenny Leckremo, the singer, has the Joey Tempest pipe with a gentle blend of Jimi Jamison. His vocal range is phenomenal and at times we can hear a metallic edge on his voice.

Ignited by "There For You", this is an instant favorite with its memorable chorus, but then they take you to the higher level with "Never Let Go". An anthemic chant in the mix of Talisman and Europe's distinctive notes and stands out as the best track of the album for me. Eric Rivers and Dave Dalone made a twin killer combos, shred swiftly throughout the songs especially on tracks such as "Straight Up" and "Straight For Your Heart". "Cry" is a beautiful midtempo ballad with a heartfelt passionate delivery with a thick 80s texture. "Follow Me" is another power ballad and no doubt, is a great song as well. "Bring The Stars" has an affecting emotional touch with massive vocal harmonies. If you can get the 2cd version, it worth your penny as the second disc contained the song, "1000 Miles", a huge and pompous 80s vibe track and another H.E.A.T's well-composed tune.

If you like Europe's "Out" and "Prisoners" era or Giant's first two albums, I'm not boasting when I say that you will love this amazing album instantly. Not to forget that Stormvox has done a splendid job with a flawless sound production. If only this was released in 1988, probably H.E.A.T would sell out a 30.000 capacity stadium and top charts across the world. This is a five stars album and a must-buy if you're into glam metal and melodic rock.
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