Who else considers the two LOST HORIZON albums as two highlights of the Power Metal genre? I thought so, I am not alone with that. What this has to do with HEED you ask? Well, maybe the names Fredrik Olsson and Daniel Heiman will ring a bell, because they two are the core of this quite new Swedish band. I don’t really know the reasons for the split, but actually I don’t really care as long as the voice of Daniel Heiman is preserved, the band around him is not all that important (don’t get me wrong, the band does have importance, of course!).
Who hopes for a seamless transition of the LOST HORIZON sound, though, should not really set his hopes to high, cause HEED are not really Power Metal, they actually follow a mid-tempo and have reoriented themselves stylistically as well. No, they have not passed into Metalcore or something like that, no, it is still melodic and quite traditional Metal, which here and there incorporates a few modern guitar tones, without disappointing the fans of tradition. And Heiman’s vocals are an assurance that the link is kept anyway.
After the rather dispensable intro “Heed Hades” follows the measured “I Am Alive”, an impressive proof for the exceptional voice of Heiman, because these vocal lines are really world class, there is no other way to put it. The short passage in the middle, where he screams/growls and the guitars take a rather modern and harder path seems a bit far-fetched to me, though. And it is the voice of Heiman, which is the core of the songs and lifts the mostly mid-paced songs above the average (don’t get me wrong, the rest of the musicians are all of the better kind as well), the melody lines and the choruses in “Last Drop Of Blood“, “Enemy“, “Hypnosis“ or “The Permanent End Celebration“ are great.
A negative point is the fact that the most of the songs follow mid-tempo and are not breaking out of this, except “Ashes”, the ballad “Nothing” as well as the hidden track. The songs and the album are great, there is no question about it, but one or two faster tracks could have elevated the album, in my opinion.
In spite of this, “The Call” is a felicitous debut, which leaves us hoping for more and it is good to hear the voice of Heiman again, the melodies are cool, the technical abilities of the band are quite obvious, thumbs up! (Online August 8, 2006)