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H.E.A.T Rise again – H.E.A.T II Album review

H.E.A.T Rise again - H.E.A.T II Album review

H.E.A.T are one of the finest melodic rock bands to have come out of Scandinavia. It was way back in 2012 when the talented Swedes released their third album, Address The Nation, their first with singer Erik Grönwall. ATN took the genre by storm and still stands in my opinion as one of the best of its kind. After follow-up, Tearing Down The Walls, the band released Into The Great Unknown in 2017 which had a different feel and is widely regarded as H.E.A.T’s most controversial release. Now the band are back, returning to their roots and set to unleash H.E.A.T II.

H.E.A.T Rise again - H.E.A.T II Album review

Picture: Steven Christie

I’m never a fan of long albums, it often signals filler material, so I was pleased to see that H.E.A.T II clocks in at just over 40 minutes with 11 tasty tunes. The band sounds great straight out the blocks. Opener Rock Your Body is a chunky track with a Pour Some Sugar On Me vibe which I love.

 Check out the official lyric video for Come Clean!

Latest single, Come Clean is my favourite from the album, the chorus is super catchy with Grönwall’s stellar vocals soaring through the higher register with ease. Think a glorious mix of Living On The Run, with Time On Our Side. Brilliant.

We Are Gods is perhaps one of H.E.A.T’s heaviest moments. Dripping with power and melody, it’s reminiscent of Dio-era Black Sabbath.

Check out the official lyric video for One By One

H.E.A.T II is the first album to be self-produced, with guitarist Dave Dalone and keyboardist Jona Tee creating a crisp and powerful sounding record. The album sounds stunning which is a great reflection on just how talented these musicians are.

Adrenaline is another standout featuring a big, catchy chorus with huge backing vocals and some clever lyrics referring to past album titles – listen out for them!

As with most of H.E.A.T’s records there’s a ballad, called Nothing To Say. Whilst I don’t think it is necessarily their strongest song, it does offer some welcome light and shade.

 Check out the official lyric video for Rise

Bringing the album to a close is the epic single Rise. I loved this song when it was released and in context with the entire album it is even more effective.

For many, H.E.A.T are an enigma. Super talented, and in Erik Grönwall they have an astonishing vocalist and frontman of the very highest standard, yet the band haven’t had the recognition that they surely deserve. With more brilliant songs than most bands write in a whole career it’s curious as to why the Scandinavian 5-piece haven’t quite broken through to the big time. I think that is set to change. This release sits up there amongst H.E.A.T’s best work. It’s only January but surely a contender for album of the year. Buy it.

H.E.A.T II will be available as CD Digipak, Vinyl and Digital on 21st February 2020 via earMUSIC. The album is available to pre-order here.

H.E.A.T will be playing 3 headline shows across the UK in May alongside VEGAMason Hill and Collateral. Tickets available here.

H.E.A.T Rise again - H.E.A.T II Album review

About the author

Madz Lenthall

Hi everybody! My name is Madz, a 16 year-old rock obsessed girl based in NE Scotland (I started this blog when I was 14). I am lucky enough to have parents who are also fans and have taken me gigging since I was 4! As well as being a big rock fan, I am an aspiring music journalist, who shares my thoughts on new music, gig reviews, interviews with people from the industry and much more. I would love it if you stopped by regularly to check out my material. In the weeks ahead, I'll be posting reviews of gigs I’ve been to, some I’m looking forward to, along with other rock news and thoughts. I am also excited to say that I have lined up interviews with some great artists, so keep your eyes peeled for them! I hope you enjoy reading and would love to hear your comments. All the best, Madz. *A lengthy chat between friends. A lot of people have asked, so the photography credit for the shot of my jacket which I use for my profile goes to the incredibly talented Oliver Halfin! Check him out as he takes some amazing shots!

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