Despite the rather bizarre band name, The Eagles Of Death Metal aren't Death Metal at all, it came from when band founder Josh Homme (Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age) was played a band called Vader by a friend who was trying to get him into death metal. Josh quipped that Vader sounded like they were The Eagles of death metal. This then gave birth to a concept, crossing a band like The Eagles with a genre such as death metal. Interesting band origin story, sure, but what you hear on this, their third album, doesn't really bear much resemblance to either The Eagles or death metal. Instead, it sounds like Queens Of The Stone Age crossed with The Rolling Stones but, and this is the most important thing, it is really very good - excellent, in fact, but you definitely have to be in the mood for it.
'Heart On' is sleazy, sexy ('I'm Your Torpedo', anybody?) rock 'n' roll at its best. It is a powerful, raucous beast of an album which gets your heartbeat raised, the adrenaline pumping and sounds great at a decent volume, accompanied by a couple of beers and an attitude of wanting to have a good time. With the exception of the more laid back, but still excellent 'Now I'm A Fool', this is a high-tempo album full of hard, dirty riffs, great rock vocals hooks and thumping, persistent drums. This is what Primal Scream tried to do back in 1994 when they released 'Give Out But Don't Give Up', but Josh and Jesse have done a much better job of it. Although this album features enjoyable lyrics, there's no point in looking for anything too deep here, this is an album designed for having a good time and for those who appreciate a fair amount of raunch in their rock! I heart it.