H.E.A.T - Tearing Down the Walls Metal Traveller Rating: 5/5 (Masterpiece)
Two years after the excellent record Address The Nation, H.E.A.T is back with a new album Tearing Down The Walls.
Their previous record was a hard to surpass… But I think they just did it!
Let’s put this in a simple way: Tearing Down The Walls is a Hard Rock masterpiece.
Each and every single ingredient is part of the recipe: catchy melodies, powerful guitars, good songs, faultless performances, a faboulous voice, and a clean production.
Tearing Down The Walls features 12 pure Hard Rock songs. Each one has something special and a melody to remember, even after only one listening.
The spirit of the 80’s Hard Rock runs through the album, but Tearing Down The Walls doesn’t sound like the lost album of an old band. On the contrary, it sounds fresh and modern. The voice doesn’t sound like the 80’s typical singers, and the structures of the songs aren’t from these days either. H.E.A.T isn't inventing a new style of music, but they're very creative into the music genre they chose.
The performance of every musician is outstanding and the music is mostly driven by the guitars. While keyboards are an essential part of H.E.A.T’s music, they don´t take over the other instruments, so the Hard Rock atmosphere is kept.
And of course, Erik Grönwall vocals sound magnificent. He’s been a major asset since he joined the band.
A song like A Shot At Redemption will easily become one of the band’s live favourites. In fact, it could become a big radio hit if adequately promoted. And the title track could make it too. And Enemy In Me too…
Actually this album could have as many hit singles as Def Leppard’s Hysteria!
On a heavier and faster register, Inferno is an amazing song too.
Sooner or later you´ll find yourself screaming the chorus of Emergency, or raising your hands as you hear Laughing At Tomorrow.
On a softer side, the piano-driven ballad All The Nights is just beautiful. And there’s another great soft song called Mannequin Show.
You got it, there’s no weak tune in Tearing Down The Walls! Each song is strong has a lot of work behind.
Sweden has produced its lot of high quality Hard Rock bands, and H.E.A.T is one that deserves to get to the top.
If you’re a Hard Rock fan and you’re not yet into H.E.A.T, you should run and get this album as soon as possible.
Perfection might not exist, but Tearing Down The Walls comes close.
Erik Grönwall – Vocals
Eric Rivers – Guitar
Jimmy Jay – Bass
Jona Tee – Keyboards
Crash – Drums
01. Point of No Return
02. A Shot at Redemption
03. Inferno4 The Wreckoning
05. Tearing Down the Walls
06. Mannequin Show
07. We Will Never Die
09. All the Nights
10. Eye for an Eye
11. Enemy in Me
12. Laughing at Tomorrow