Saturday, March 10, 2018

REVIEW : Heartwind --- Higher And Higher (AOR Heaven, April 2018)

Heartwind is the story of two old friends, guitar player and songwriter Goran Engvall (former with Hitworks) and progressive/melodic keyboard player and fellow songwriter Mikael Rosengren (Constancia, Token, Scudiero), with a common love for melodic hard rock and AOR, that after fifteen years of friendship started to write the album they always wanted.

The next step for those two musicians was to put together the missing pieces of the puzzle, the line-up! Drummer Peter TrumPeter Svensson (Constancia, Faith) and singer Germán Pascual (Narnia, Dj Mendez, Essence of Sorrow), happily joined the band, and two key pieces of the puzzle came into place. The line-up completed with guitar virtuoso Martin Hall (Germán Pascual band), bass wizard Germain Leth (The Poodles, Watchmen) and Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed, Firespawn, Eclipse, Scudiero a.o.) who helped them to produce and mix the new record.

After the first spin of "Higher And Higher", I have to say that I like this album a lot. To be honest I loved it!! Some mid 80's Europe elements, here and there, but also the classic Scandi 'pinches' are all over the record and that's a thing that I like the most. Beautiful melodies, clever hooks n' choruses, edgy guitars and a tight songwriting are some of the things that someone will find in "Higher And Higher". It's a well-played and well-performed album and there's no filler in sight to tell the truth.

The opening tune of "Higher And Higher" (which reminds Europe of 'Out Of This World' era), the amazing ballad of "One Night Away Of You",  the edgy "Surrounding Me", the ultra 80's hard rock hymn of "Too Late For Roses" (feat. Tåve Wanning (The Voice, Adrenaline Rush, Peaches) and the superb AOR anthem of "Don't Be That Girl" are some of the highlights here.

All in all, Heartwind is a band that comes to prove why we love this kinda of genre. Simple, heart-full and with attitude hard rock with plenty of melodies, inspired guitar lines and memorable songs "Higher And Higher" is an album that will be appreciated by any fan of the melodic rock sound in general. Highly recommended!!!!!

Rating : 8/10

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