H.E.A.T — Force Majeure (earMUSIC)

H.E.A.T seekers rejoice.

Welcome to your ultimate summer soundtrack.

Force Majeure is a melting pot of peak melodic rock.

Its sweltering mix of sweet harmonies and searing riffs is nothing sort of sensational.

H.E.A.T’s stroke of genius fires a career-defining record from start to finish.

And the return of scorching frontman Kenny Leckremo adds a blistering sense of urgency to a band back where it belongs.

In 2020 Rushonrock asked ‘have H.E.A.T gone cold?’ following the release of lukewarm effort H.E.A.T II.

It had nothing on 2012’s sublime Address The Nation.

And a hugely disappointing album couldn’t hold a torch to Tearing Down The Walls or Into The Great Unknown.

In fact, H.E.A.T II spectacularly failed to read the temperature of a fan base expecting so much more.

Where to go? Leckremo.

And H.E.A.T’s original vocalist is breathing new life into band revived.

Predecessor Erik Grönwall might be pulling up trees as the new voice of Skid Row.

But 12 years after fronting the fabulous Freedom Rock, Leckremo lucks out on the magical Force Majeure.

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Europe’s noisy neighbours (both Swedish powerhouses hail from Upplands Väsby) pay tribute to their trailblazing fellow countrymen on Not For Sale.

And while Joey Tempest and co. continue to build their blues rock legacy, H.E.A.T proudly keep the 80s pop metal fag flying.

Leckremo uses power ballad One Of Us as a platform to push his claims as melodic rock’s man of the moment.

It’s a faultless, powerful and passionate statement of intent.

And it’s a song Grönwall, for all his strengths, would have struggled to realise.

H.E.A.T might have teased Force Majeure with triple threat singles Back To The Rhythm, Hollywood and Nationwide.

But the record’s strength is its driving mid-section.

There’s no chance of the momentum being lost as Harder To Breathe, Not For Sale, One Of Us and Hold Your Fire stoke things up.

Where H.E.A.T II quickly lost its way, Force Majeure is the epitome of focus, consistency…and fun.

Soaring set closer Wings Of An Aeroplane might boast a cumbersome, almost toe-curling title.

But Leckremo signs off in style with yet another Tempest-esque vocal tour de force.

In 1989 Doro dropped one of Rushonrock’s all-time favourite records in the shape of solo debut Force Majeure.

H.E.A.T have reprised that classic album title and clawed back their reputation as melodic rock kings.

Doro will be proud.