ARTIST:

H.E.A.T.

(SWEDEN)
TITLE:

TEARING DOWN THE WALLS

(2014)
LABEL:

EAR MUSIC

GENRE:

MELODIC HARD ROCK

TAGS:
80's, Easy-Listening
""Tearing Down The Walls" remains an indispensable album for all Hard Rock fans, both muscular and melodic, with that extra touch typical of Scandinavian bands."
LOLOCELTIC (20.06.2014)  
4/5
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After two very successful debut albums, the Swedes from H.E.A.T. saw their career take off with "Address The Nation". If the arrival of Erik Grönwall as frontman was no stranger to this evolution the intrinsic quality of the opus was more than enough to justify taking it to the next level. Marrying power and melody with success, the Scandinavian combo had been able to evolve his music to bring it into a new dimension. Keeping a rhythm that sees a new album being released every two years, it is thus in all logic that "Tearing Down The Walls" is released in 2014, the line-up being slightly modified by Dave Dalone's departure, transforming H.E.A.T. into a quintet.

This departure of one of the two historical guitarists of the band, if it's not anecdotal, doesn't prevent the Scandinavians from continuing their evolution. Indeed, "Tearing Down The Walls" continues to strengthen the band's purpose while remaining melodic. The influence of the 80's, a blessed period, is still strong and remains an unavoidable trademark, but the production and the energy deployed anchors H.E.A.T. in its time. Tracks such as the first single, 'A Shot At Redemption', with its Hard-Country sounds and its chorus worthy of a hymn in homage to rebels of all kinds, or most of the tracks composing the second part of this album are the best examples of this. Classic but effective, combining heavy power and FM melodies, they hit the bull's-eye every time.

The beginning of this opus is simply unstoppable. From 'Point Of No Return', a fragmentation bomb with a big, powerful and sharp riff and a catchy chorus, to the Gotthard-like mid-tempo 'We Will Never Die', to the biting 'Inferno' with its percussive rhythm section, or a 'Mannequin Show' combining energy and originality with very present keyboards, there's nothing to throw away. The rest of the album is also very good but more classical, even if the fat and slightly syncopated riff of 'Enemy In Me' and the hymn-like chorus of 'Laughing At Tomorrow' are very close to the goal.

Even if it's a little bit lower than its predecessor, 'Tearing Down The Walls' remains an indispensable album for all Hard Rock fans, both muscular and melodic, with that extra touch typical of Scandinavian bands. It reinforces H.E.A.T. in its rank of new leader of the genre and confirms all the hopes born on the occasion of the release of "Address The Nation". 


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Point Of No Return - 5:16
02. A Shot At Redemption - 3:51
03. Inferno - 3:45
04. The Wreckoning - 1:02
05. Tearing Down The Walls - 3:33
06. Mannequin Show - 3:43
07. We Will Never Die - 3:49
08. Emergency - 4:11
09. All The Nights - 4:08
10. Eye For An Eye - 3:41
11. Enemy In Me - 3:37
12. Laughing At Tomorrow - 4:25

LINEUP:
Don Crash: Batterie
Eric Rivers : Guitares
Erik Gronwall : Chant / Guitares
Jimmy Jay: Basse
Jona Tee : Claviers
   
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