9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Album number two from the Swedish AOR hopefuls. Now I wasn't that fussed about their 2008 debut, which seemed a bit generic to me. However, hands up, I'll confess to the error of my ways. Because this is a cracking album.
They've definitely upped their game here, and it's easy to see why single 'Beg Beg Beg' was a big hit in their homeland. Like many of the songs here, it's dripping with melodic rock class, and sees them moving away from the Europe comparisons that were rife when they first appeared on the scene, and heading off in a direction of their own.
Vocalist Kenny Leckremo, in particular, has come on leaps and bounds. So far, in fact, that he even holds his own on 'Black Night', one of the best tracks here, which sees him duetting with Avantasia / Edguy frontman Tobias Sammet. The big ballad is 'Everybody Wants To Be Someone', and it's huge, so huge that it would have been a certain US hit back in the eighties. However, if you're looking for the killer rock song, then it has to be 'Nobody Loves You Like I Do', an almost perfect AOR song.
It's an album full of memorable melodies, sparkling keyboards and catchy guitar riffs. "Freedom Rock" is the statement of a band heading for the top, and this will be top of many best of lists come years end.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2011
If you like 80s influenced melodic rock in the vein of Europe and Bon Jovi (when they were both good...) then you'll love this. Why?
-Excellent songs that you'll be humming all day
-Excellent vocals (just like Joey Tempest!) and Excellent musicianship (especially the guitarists)
-Excellent production with excellent sound quality, especially on the debut where it's outstanding.
I gotta say I prefer Heat a little over Freedom Rock, this might be just down to the awesome production of the former but I think the songs have the edge...though in time, I might change my mind ;o)
I'm so glad that young bands are making this sort of stuff again...sadly not many in the UK (but, having said that, checkout Vega)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2010
Liked this Swedish group's first album although it was nothing special. This new album ups the ante with stronger songs like We're Gonna Make It In The End, Black Night and Nobody Loves You Like I Do.The big power ballad is Everybody Wants To Be Someone and ranks alongside the best of REO Speedwagon. If you liked Survivor, Journey or Bon Jovi in the 80's this is for you. If you are looking for other new melodic rock try Wig Wam Non Stop Rock N Roller and W.E.T. Self titled album. This may not be the most original music but it's uplifting, great driving music and a welcome change to the glum rock - sub Radiohead stuff from most British groups of the moment.
on 2 August 2015
H.E.A.T are not a band that have huge following here in the UK,I hadn't hear of them before and that's a real shame,because these guys are great at what they do and that's delivering high quality AOR no question about it!!! There are a total of 13 brilliant tracks on here and each song has great lyrics,excellent guitar riffs and solos and a sing along chorus,there is no filler on here at all...I love this kind of stuff.
I don't know why Swedish bands are taking the lead on this kind of popular hard rock music,but they appear to have stepped in and filled the gap left by British bands who appear to have all but given up-with the Darkness a possible exception-which is kind of sad.
Will be checking out other albums by H.E.A.T starting with their debut one,make sure you do to.