Review: Freedom Rock

Freedom Rock is the second release from the Swedish hard rock group H.E.A.T. As a natural successor to their self titled debut album, Freedom Rock follows the same hard rock sound but does not improve on it in anyway.

Freedom Rock is an album that was originally released in 2010 through Stormvox Records and later re-issued through earMUSIC. The sound is very reminiscent of the rock and metal bands from the ’80s like Bon Jovi and at a push Def Leppard but most specifically Out of This World era Europe. The only difference here is that the song writing ability H.E.A.T. isn’t quite up to the clever standard of their genre predecessors and it does make it sound like a bit of a knock off.

The biggest downfall this band’s album has is the lyrics. The songs whilst fun musically have some serious corny lyrics that are borderline cringe worthy. Despite the lyrical downfall, each song has a great stomping rhythm that hooks you in and never lets you go. It is quite uplifting in its own little way. Much like the previously mentioned bands, you will get some nice up tempo rockers and a few corny ballads to mix things up a bit.

Those out there looking to relive their ’80s glory days will enjoy this album. It has a lot of good catchy moments, some well recorded pop melodies and big guitar riffs. It may not be the best album out there but this record sits nicely amongst other modern bands like Brother Firetribe and is worth your time until the next big thing.

Rating : 7 / 10

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Track Listing :

  1. We're Gonna Make It to the End
  2. Black Night (ft. Tobias Sammet)
  3. I Can't Look the Other Way
  4. Shelter
  5. Beg Beg Beg
  6. Danger Road
  7. Stay
  8. Everybody Wants to Be Someone
  9. Nobody Loves You (Like I Do)
  10. I Know What It Takes
  11. Cast Away
  12. High On Love
  13. Who Will Stop the Rain