Melodic Rock Stalwarts HEAT Score Again going Into The Great Unknown
“I thought this was a blues site” I hear you cry… yes it is, but without the blues, there would be no rock music & no apologies for covering the latest album by H.E.A.T. – Into The Great Unknown
Although far from blues, it does have references aplenty with some interesting chord structures not dissimilar to some of Gary Moore’s blues work.
It is a very good album for those who like the AOR/Melodic genre – think Joe Lynn Turner, Europe & latter-day Whitesnake & you’ll be on target.
The line up of Guitar: Sky Davis, Bass: Jimmy Jay, Keyboards: Jona Tee, Drums & Percussion: Crash, Vocals: Erik Grönwall make a damn good noise &, in a crowded Scandi-Rock scene, they are definitely in the vanguard. The vocals of Erik Gronwall are particularly strong reminding me of the aforementioned JLT but stronger & with more light & shade… sorry, Joe!
The opening track – full of “whoa, whoa, whoas” – goes by the unlikely title of Bastard of Society! Ludicrously catchy & well structured this (like We Rule with it’s lighter waving potential) has to be have been designed for full-on audience participation.
“Things ain’t pretty, down in Shit City” is the main theme of another truly melodic & well-executed song despite the strange title.
Blind Leads the Blind is the ‘heaviest’ of the bunch but still retains the melodic verse/chorus structure typical of the whole album.
Bowing out with We Rule – another anthemic riff, woven around by keyboards, finishes as we started with another catchy song (Justin Hawkins should listen to this one…). A damn good album for any rock fan.
HEAT New Album Takes Us Into The Great Unknown, has been long awaited released on Friday 22nd September 2017 via earMUSIC.
“What can you say about H.E.A.T? If you don’t like these energetic Swedes you must be dead inside, as this year they’ve shown the UK crowd how to be the most complete band on the planet.” – Classic Rock Magazine
After one and a half years of intense songwriting, with guitarist DaveDalone (aka Sky Davis) back in the mix, the band went on a questionable trip to record an album in Thailand, once again with Swedish Grammy award-winning producer Tobias Lindell. With 10 top songs in their cannon, H.E.A.T entered the heavenly Karma Sound studios in the outskirts of Bangkok to record what would become the fifth studio album. Once again the band continue the musical landscape with an innovative, highly explosive and refreshing melodic rock sound and an unforgettable collection of fantastic new songs.
“Into The Great Unknown” is the follow-up to 2014’s critically acclaimed “Tearing Down The Walls”. 2012’s successful “Address The Nation” album praised worldwide as one of the best albums of the year, and consolidated the H.E.A.T’s growing reputation as the new leading band in hard-edged melodic rock.
In 2009, H.E.A.T had a huge hit in Scandinavia with the song “1000 Miles”. That same year the band’s second album “Freedom Rock” nominated as one of the Top 50 albums in 2010 by Classic Rock magazine UK. Since then, they’ve toured all over the world, blowing audiences away with their outstanding live concerts.
In a time when artists like Foreigner, Journey and Whitesnake are enjoying a resurgence, teenagers are re-discovering the melodic approach to hard rock. The kids are suddenly wearing their classic rock band logos on t-shirts. H.E.A.T is the beacon of light that many say will carry this tradition into the future. They’re young, ambitious and full of energy and ideas.
H.E.A.T don’t hide their love for their classic rock heroes, but don’t try to copy it, either. They just do it and they want to be the best at it. And they are one of the best – drawing both young and old to their mesmerising, freshly sounding, energetic classic rock and bombastic melodies.
H.E.A.T Guitar: Sky Davis (aka Dave Dalone)
Bass: Jimmy Jay
Keyboard: Jona Tee
Drums & Percussion: Crash
Vocals: Erik Grönwall
“Into The Great Unknown” is a rock and roll journey into the great unknown. The album delivers everything H.E.A.T is loved for – front-man Erik Grönwall’s incredible vocal talent and the band’s traditional approach to melodic rock.
“During the making of this album, I think we all felt a little bit like astronauts going off to space for the first time,” says guitarist Dave Dalone (aka Sky Davis). “We set out on a journey not knowing what we would come back with, or if we’d even make it back. Somewhere along the way, the pieces began to fall into place. There’s just no point in doing the same album over and over again just because it works. When it all comes down to it, you want to make the songs shine to their full potential. If that includes bending the rules of the genre or crossing paths into unknown territory, so be it.” The title of the album Into The Great Unknown reflecting the content of the album. The melodies are huge as the band has focused on the song writing. For the first time there have been no live shows until the release of the new album. Once again the album cover has been created by Russian artist Vitaly S. Alexius inspired by Mystical Space.
Into The Great Unknown available for Pre-orderORDER HERE then the countdown begins until release date on 22nd September 2017.