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Wake The Nations – Heartrock [2019]

Four years already passed since their highly acclaimed debut “Sign of Heart”, Finnish AOR/melodic rock band Wake the Nations, have returned with their second brand new album “Heartrock” issued by AOR Heaven Records. The line up features lead singer Kristen Stenbom, guitarist Risto Tuominen, bassist Janne Gekko Granfors, Jori Tojander on keys and Tuomas Peeli on drum duties.

In terms of musical direction, “Heartrock” is a lavishly produced album with a huge arena-like sound, similar to that of other acts of AOR Heaven Records such as State of Rock and Grand Illusion. For instance, writers also include gurus as Sören Kronqvist (Joe Lynn Turner, One Desire) and Thomas Vikström (Therion). Mixing and mastering were conducted by the almighty Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T.), producers include Ilkka Wirtanen (Reckless Love, The Nights).

We are definitely looking at a great start to finish album with “Heartrock” which is exactly what a fan who enjoyed their debut would demand from the group. Each and every song is filled with incredible melodies and choruses. Harmonious keyboards, substantial melodic guitar lines and fulfilling rhythm section. The album is a real joy to play over and over, thanks to the solid song-writing and straight-to-the-point performances. On “Heartrock” the group remains faithful to their `80s orientation, striving to capture the beat, melodies and essence of the time. Once again, they succeed, delivering such melodic highlights as “Midnight Lovers”, “Fallen Angel”, “Flames” and “Something in your Eyes”.

“Heartrock” delivers the optimum in both melody and groove, add to that the stellar songwriting, intense performances, a very convincing lead vocalist Krister Stenbom and you have one of the best melodic hard rock albums of the 2019. Honestly it is quite amazing how artistically credible this Wake the Nations album is, while I have to say that I was not a big fan of their debut. Wake the Nations really got everything right on this second studio effort- melodic guitar lines, thick rhythmic keyboard harmonies, inventive-AOR rhythm section and sensational vocals.

Band Members
Janne Granfors – Bass
Krister Stenbom – Vocals
Jori Tojander – Synth
Risto Tuominen – Guitars
Tuomas Pelli – Drums

Tracks
01. No Mercy
02. Tattooed Girl
03. Midnight Lovers
04. All my Life
05. Fallen Angel
06. Now You’re Gone
07. New Day
08. Flames
09. Something in Your Eyes
10. Higher
11. This is Over

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