H.E.A.T – Tearing down the walls

album by:
H.E.A.T
Version:
CD
Price:
9.28

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On 4 March 2014
Last modified:4 March 2014

Summary:

This is an excellent album. Great vocals, really strong choruses, great guitar work ranging from catchy riffs to nice solos and well crafted songs.

Swedish Melodic Rock band H.E.A.T are set to release the follow up to their 2012 album “Address the nation” in Mid April.  The band formed in 2007 and released their debut album in 2008.  Since they they’ve been rapidly gaining fans impressed by their great live performances and their albums.  Appearances at Firefest and HRH AOR festivals in the UK last year were extremely well received, so there’s plenty of interest in the new album.  H.E.A.T will be back in the UK in October to headline this years Firefest.

In mid February the band released a 4 track EP digitally – A shot at redemption EP – effectively the first single from the new album.

Brief comments on a  few tracks…

The album opens with “Point of no return”.  A short acoustic introduction is soon replaced by some great melodic rock.  Strong hooks, excellent vocals, a good beat and great guitars – what more could you ask for?

Things get even better with second track “A shot at redemption”.  It’s got a real party feel to it with it’s relentlessly catchy upbeat feel and that really strong chorus.  It reminds me of “Slippery when wet” era Bon Jovi – around the time they were at their peak and before they became the bland dull band they are now.

“Inferno” has a harder edge to it – more hard rock than melodic rock, and the keyboards have a classic Deep Purple Hammond organ sound to them. The vocals are great with plenty of power.

Title track “Tearing down the walls” is a great power ballad.

“Emergency” kicks up the power and pace with some strong drumming and plenty of guitars – yet another strong song.

“All the nights” is a piano ballad with some strings in the background that add quite a bit to the music even though they’re used quite subtly.  The star here though has to be the excellent vocals.

This is an excellent album.  Great vocals, really strong choruses, great guitar work ranging from catchy riffs to nice solos and well crafted songs.  The rockier sougs such as “Point of no return”, “A shot at redemption” and “Emergency” in particular are my favourites and sound superb, but the slower ballads are great too.  These songs sound great on the album and I’m sure they’re going to sound even better live – anyone going to this year’s
Firefest is in for a treat.

“Tearing down the walls” will be released on 14th April 2014 via earMUSIC

HEAT - Tearing down the wallsTrack listing:

1. Point of no return
2. A shot at redemption
3. Inferno
4. The wreckoning
5. Tearing down the walls
6. Mannequin show
7. We will never die
8. Emergency
9. All the nights
10. Eye for an eye
11. Enemy in me
12. Laughing at tomorrow

This is an excellent album. Great vocals, really strong choruses, great guitar work ranging from catchy riffs to nice solos and well crafted songs.

About Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.
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