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Second Heat - 2004 Second Heat

Thomas Bursell - vocals
Patrik Svard - guitars
Niclas Olsson - keyboards
Thomas Loyska - bass
Roger Landin - drums

This Swedish band are linked at the hip to AORsters Alyson Avenue. Only the female vocals of Anette Blyckert are missing; replaced by one Thomas Bursell. The rest of the band is essentially the same. Second Heat are also closely aligned to prog metallers Cloudscape. So, depending on your flavour of rock music, you could dip into all three varieties: mild, medium, and hot. Second Heat are mainly melodic metal and in places where the edge is taken off, they drop into hard rock territory. The keyboard touches of Niclas Olsson gives them more options than a band say with two guitarists. The results prove that this side project has a lot going for it, the band opting for a sound that isn't a million miles away from Germans Frontline or Evidence One.

The Songs
The band have some good ideas, and they crop up from time within the songs. The keyboard melodies and the solo steal the show on the opener 'Anything But Love'. 'Never Surrender' (how many times has that title been used in a hard rock song?) is a very heavy track, and is followed by the mid-tempo near progressive outing that is 'Breath Of Gold'. 'Someday' sounds as if it could've been written with Alyson Avenue in mind. It is at the AOR end of the scale for a band like this. The last trio of songs: 'After You're Gone', 'Eyes Of Fire' and 'What Am I Gonna Do' reel off Frontline flavoured riffs as if it is going out of fashion (it probably is!) but at the end of the day I am wondering where the obligatory ballad is? There is none. A pity.

In Summary
This is good competent stuff from these Swedes, some songs are tremendous while some others just miss the mark slightly. Though the keyboards are there, the guitars sound very one-dimensional and samey from one track to the next. Svard really needed to avoid pulling all those guitar squeals at the end of his riffs. It got annoying after the second song. They really needed contrast.. I guess that is why the keyboards are there, though they can only do so much. Variation is good, but on an album like this it is essential.

Track Listing:
01 Anything But Love
02 Naked Flame
03 Never Surrender
04 Breath Of Gold
05 Chained
06 Deep Blue Sky
07 Someday
08 After You're Gone
09 Eyes Of Fire
10 What Am I Gonna Do

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