H.E.A.T – “Tearing Down The Walls” (earMusic)
Built to level arenas, Sweden’s H.E.A.T live up to their awesome reputation as one of Scandinavia’s premier AOR bands who continue to raise their international profile with increasing tours in Europe and as far as China! They’ve already staked their ground in the UK, having already had their 2nd album “Address The Nation” nominated by Classic Rock – and it’s easy to see why, as they take the best of the classic and AOR genres, along with their own Scandi-rock sound to bring it right to you – and 10,000 others. With Sweden’s Idol winner Erik Grönwall on vocals and working with Grammy award winning producer Tobias Lindell, H.E.A.T’s sound and material reflect the top of the line aspirations of this band, who will shortly be supporting the Scorpions in Spain. Mixing deep heart felt melodies with incredibly catchy rock grooves and addictive singalong choruses on the stadium shaking ‘Inferno’ or the passion of ‘Mannequin Show’ or the anthemic ‘Eye For An Eye’, H.E.A.T take it right from their jukebox heroes Foreigner – no limp wrists here but macho crowd air punching right down to the authentic 80s AOR sound (check out those synths and drum sound – Ed) – and simply ooze the rock overflow like a dry ice machine outta control. Commercial to the max – and clearly aiming for that – H.E.A.T have balls in their bravado and unashamed love for stadium rock which is why they are built to destroy them. Simply irresistible.