AOR Heaven has announced the forthcoming release from Swedish rockers Heartwind. Higher and Higher will be available from April 27, 2018.
With members from bands like Constancia, The Poodles, Token, Narnia and Essence of Sorrow, and with guest stars Nina Söderquist (Bjorn Skifs/Badrock, Champions of Rock), Janne Stark (Grand Design, Mountain of Power), and Tåve Wanning (The Voice, Adrenaline Rush, Peaches), new melodic hard rockers Heartwind may come across as one of those one-off band projects, but nothing could be farther from the truth.
Heartwind is the story of two old friends, with a common love for classical melodic hard rock and AOR, that after fifteen years of friendship started to write the album they always had wanted to listen to themselves. Over a meal in downtown Stockholm, guitar player and songwriter Goran Engvall (former with Hitworks) and progressive/melodic keyboard player and fellow songwriter Mikael Rosengren (Constancia, Token, Scudiero), laid down the vision for what was yet to come. 15 original songs and 12 months later, Mikael started to pull some strings from his many fellow musicians in the Swedish hard rock scene of the past 20 years. The two songwriters were amazed at the positive response they got on their first demos, from hard rock industry people and fans. It became evident that they were going to be able to attract some great talent to the album and the band.
Believing in the importance of fellowship and a strong people fit when starting a band, Mikael and Göran started to search for the best people: 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. With Peter and Germán onboard, the band knew they had both a powerful backbone and a phenomenal frontman in place!
Germán then invited his old friends, and former bandmates, guitar virtuoso Martin Hall (Germán Pascual band) and bass wizard Germain Leth (The Poodles, Watchmen) to join the band and magic was about to happen. When the very well respected Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed, Firespawn, Eclipse, Scudiero), accepted an invitation to team up to produce and mix, the band knew they had something special going on. Fredrik’s contribution also as a musician on the album (guitar & bass) cannot be underestimated.
With classic albums like Hysteria (Def Leppard), 1987 (Whitesnake) and Escape (Journey) serving as inspiration, the intention of the band has been to get every single track to stand on its own two feet! Timeless melodic hard rock with a modern but still genuine sound!
Heartwind stood ready as any band and was offered record deals by no less than three different labels. Heartwind was happy to sign with AOR Heaven in early January and making an old dream come true.
The album is mixed and produced by Fredrik Folkare, Chrome Studios, and mastered by Erik Mårtensson, Blowout Productions (Eclipse, Ammunition, WET).
Heartwind is ready to rock the world!