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H.E.A.T (Sweden) - 2008 H.E.A.T

ARTIST: H.E.A.T (Sweden)
LABEL: Stormvox Records
YEAR: 2008


LINEUP: Kenny Leckremo - vocals * Dave Dalone - guitars * Eric Rivers - guitars * Jona Tee - keyboards * Jimmy Jay - bass * Crash - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Intro * 02 There For You * 03 Never Let Go * 04 Late Night Lady * 05 Keep On Dreaming * 06 Follow Me * 07 Straight For Your Heart * 08 I Cry * 09 Feel It Again * 10 Straight Up * 11 Bring The Stars * 12 You're Lying * 13 Feel The Heat * 14 Change * 15 Scream



This band have been talked about a lot, since news first leaked of their existence toward the latter part of last year. H.E.A.T are the merger of two previous Swedish bands: Dream and Trading Fate. The hybrid band originate from Upplands-Väsby, a town on the northern outskirts of Stockholm, and it is their brand of 80's flavoured melodic hard rock/AOR which is causing temperatures to rise throughout the AOR underground. A couple of their tracks sneaked out among the Rapidshare community and gave an indication as to how good this band were. Think the very best Sweden had to offer back in the 80's and it's all wrapped up among thirteen (yes.. thirteen!) tracks with nigh on a weak moment. Singer Kenny Leckremo is the ace in the hole for this band, and for me, he goes staight to #1 as 'rookie of the year'.

The Songs
The band move easily among different styles. Whether it's a juicy ballad such as 'Follow Me' or the bluesy jaunt of 'Straight Up', H.E.A.T aren't afraid to step outside the sometimes generic nature of the hard rock genre. Mostly it's guitars that lead the way, but occasionally something else takes the lead. Jona Tee's grinding organ work on 'Late Nite Lady' is one such example, as is Jimmy Jay's pulse laden lines on the exquisite ballad 'I Cry'. Other featurettes include the 80's AOR of 'There For You' and the power-spike pairing of 'Never Let Go' and 'Keep On Dreaming'. Really though, I can't complain on what's on offer here.. it truly is a great collection of songs. From Talisman to Europe, Giant to FM.. you get it all.

In Summary
I'm not going to wax lyrical over this disc. I don't need to, the music does that automatically. If you like European and in particular Scandinavian melodic hard rock then look no further. When extending your likes/faves to further afield such as North American melodic hard rock, then H.E.A.T should satisfy your cravings equally. I have no hesitation in predicting that this should make everyone's top 10 lists without too much problem. Go to it people.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
Definitely good stuff here. Available as an MP3 download at for $8.99. This sounds like it could have been recorded in 1990, and these guys are all in their early 20s as far as I can tell. There are really 12 'music' tracks, as 'Intro' is just a 30-second little intro deal. But it is definitely 12 good tracks.

Is it me, or does anyone else think the chorus of 'I Cry' sounds a lot like 'You Just Died In My Arms Tonight' by Cutting Crew? Hey, after millions of songs have been written over the years, most good melodies have been used by somebody...

Kudos for these guys making their music available on amazon. I knew it was coming out on 4/28, and I was able to purchase it and burn it to a CD before I drove to work. I wish some of the other new releases this year were more readily available like this - I can't spend $30 for each CD that comes along.
#2 | jeffduran on May 06 2008 08:03:21
WOW! This is good stuff...Nursed on the bosom of the best in Swedish AOR! This year is already better than last with this taking the top 5 thus far!
#3 | YNGWIEVIKING on May 07 2008 07:48:34
After THE POODLES/CRASH DIET/BROTHER FIRE TRIBE here is the new SCANDI sensation! I think KENNY LECKREMO (the singer) is a rising STAR!
GUITAR players ARE perfect in this kind of music with short but singing smoking solos!
the above comparisons are fair, but it sound more US than SCANDI to my ears! like RED DAWN clap! very good anyway!
My no 1 2008's SCANDINAVIAN CD so far!
#4 | aorjocke on May 10 2008 11:12:13
Indeed a very strong debut from this new young band!
Everything is great...the lead and background vocals, guitar solo's, production is clear, and most importent of all... the songs is really good! Favourite tracks must be 'There for you', 'Follow me', 'Straight for your heart' and 'Bring the stars' wich all are fantastic keyboard laden AOR with strong refrains! A must buy for every AOR fan! I'm proud to be swedish! Smile
#5 | marciotex on May 20 2008 01:13:39
really this release is between of my fave albums in 2008!
man, i miss music like that! gorgeous!
#6 | george_the_jack on May 26 2008 14:21:39
Excellent Stuff from these new kids on the block hailing from Sweden. This is the best album of the year so far despite 2008 has offered us great pieces such as ''work of art-Artwork'' and Silence's ''Open Road''.
Here, we have to do with solid melodic hard rock offered with an exceptional melodic touch. This new swedish band, together with ''Work Of Art'' prove that Sweden is the future of our music...Highly Recommended for the fans of german and scandi hard rock!
#7 | gdazegod on May 26 2008 21:47:49
Yeah it's good, but Marcello Vestry and Myland lead the way for me in 2008.
#8 | george_the_jack on May 28 2008 12:07:51
I've only tried one or two songs from Myland' s new. These Italians do sound pretty good to me indeed but as many of you would expect,there is a little issue with the vocals and a bigger with.accentSmile
#9 | Jez on October 10 2008 14:21:19
Excellent album and one I wasn't going to bother with after hearing a few negatives. Glad I did as these boys have a really cool sound and they certainly know how to write a good song or 4. This takes you right back to the heady days of the 80's and unashamedly so, even the cd cover smells of the 80's. Hard to pick a favourite, as I like them all, except maybe 'Straight Up' which is a little too close to Alannah Myles' 'Black Velvet' in places for it's own good. One of the surprises of the year for me, that has pretty much booked it's top 10 place come years end.
#10 | roadrunner158 on December 10 2008 15:36:13
Excellent CD, hardly a song to skip over. Very good production, excellent songwriting and musicianship. This will definitly be in my top 10 for 2008.
#11 | jeffrey343 on October 31 2017 15:02:16
Can't believe I never commented on this back in the day, as I really liked it then. And I still enjoy it, although I haven't played it as much as I should. Now that album 5 has just come out, it's interesting to revisit where they started. Their sound has definitely evolved over the past nine years, and Erik Gronwall brings a different vocal style. This is definitely a more straight-ahead affair than their most recent two albums, and it has more of a "live in the studio" sound (especially the drums). Glad to see that this was the start of what has become a really nice run for these guys.
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