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SECOND HEAT AOR Heaven (2004)

Second Heat

Debut album by yet another classy Swedish melodic rock band - just what do they put in the water there? There have been a stream of top quality bands down the years and add to that list second Heat. The band are made-up of members of two other bands - Cloudscape and the rather good Alyson Avenue. Only vocalist Thomas Bursell has no attachment to either of these bands.

Second Heat

It’s quality melodic hard rock with a distinct metal edge (check out ‘Never Surrender’ with its metal riffing, very Judas Priest). ‘Anything But Love’ is a slice of blissful melodic rock - think Giant or Domain. Keyboards feature high in the mix; hardly surprising, as keyboard player Niclas Olsson is the driving force behind this band. Try ‘Deep Blue Sky’ where keys and guitars meld into a catchy rocker. Amazingly no ballad on the album although ‘Eyes of Fire’ is a slower number featuring banks of keys and staccato riffing.

One of the few bands who successfully bridge the gap between melodic rock and metal. Stands up to repeated plays and a very strong debut release.


Review by Jason Ritchie

Breath Of Gold
© 2004 Second Heat/AOR Heaven. All rights reserved.

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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