H.E.A.T. – Address The Nation

Edel/Ear Music 2012

This new album from Swedish melodic hard rockers HEAT introduces new singer Erik Gronwell is a blistering and cracking album – and a breath of fresh air. It’s very much a late 80s throwback – it’s classic melodic rock some some FM tendencies, with the bonus that it’s completely glam / sleaze free.

Opener “Breaking The Silence” kicks off in thunderous fashion, and features some soaring lead vocals and guitar, plenty of vocal harmonies, a decent melody and some good guitar solos to boot. There are hints of Thunder, FM and the more commercial side of Magnum, and closes with a hint of Hendrix.

The new single “Living On The Run” grinds a solid rhythm with the keyboards take the lead, think a beefed up Europe without the parp. And another fine guitar solo – classic AOR indeed.

The vocals have a solid depth and good range, the production is crisp and crystal clear, the melodies catchy, the guitar and keeps mix melody, riffs and shred, and it’s all polished to perfection.

I know this is 2012 but the music does not sound retro, dated or out of place – it is classic melodic rock that is uplifting and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Joe Geesin

If a big ol’ polished slab of quality melodic rock is what you are after then look no further than Norway’s H.E.A.T, whose 3rd album “Address The Nation” has just been released. Solid vocals, a tight band, big backing vocals and choruses and those important keyboards, this is a band with one foot firmly in the ‘80’s and the other planted right next to it!!

Opening with the Danger Danger style “Breaking The Silence”, the Lou Gramm like vocals on “Better Off Alone” and “Downtown”, then we have “Heartbreaker” which is reminiscent of mid career Bon Jovi- this album has got pedigree. “The One and Only” is a big love song that sits somewhere between Def Leppard and Bon Jovi, whilst there is some stunning guitar playing on “Falling Down”.

The album’s highlights are rounded off by “It’s All About Tonight”, however, I have to admit that I am not a fan of the sax opening on in and out of trouble but with an album this good I won’t hold that against the band!! “Address The Nation” was produced by Tobias Lindell (Europe, Hardcore Superstar) who has done a great job here, meanwhile the vocals in the band are handled by Eric Gronwell, the winner of 2009’s Swedish Idol- who said nothing good ever came out of reality TV!!

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Nikk Gunns


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