MARTIN HALL – Stranger In The Light (2021)

Now this is really nice surprise: Swedish guitar virtuoso, songwriter, producer and educator MARTIN HALL, from melodic hard rockers HEARTWIND, is releasing his first solo album “Stranger In The Light“.
And Hall has assembled an impressive line up for his venture: the great Apollo Papathanasio (GATHERING OF KINGS) handles the lead vocals, John Levén (EUROPE) & Nalle Påhlsson (LAST AUTUMN’S DREAM, GATHERING OF KINGS) both the bass duties, Kaspar Dahlqvist from melodic hard rockers NATION on keyboards, and Johan Kullberg (TALK OF THE TOWN) on drums.
These incredible musicians put their best on the 11 tracks on offer, with songs ranging from classic ’80-inspired Scandinavian Melodic Hard Rock to traditional Hard Rock. There’s a couple of instrumentals of course, but what’s really amazing is the power and the quality of the song-format tunes.
Think KEE MARCELLO, ANDY TIMMONS, GEORGE LYNCH material with vocalists, or MARCELLO/VESTRY, EUROPE, TAKARA, etc, great songs all with vibrant production sound.
HIGHLY Recommended

HEARTWIND – Strangers (2020)

HEARTWIND formed around keyboard player Mikael Rosengren and guitarist Goran Engvall (who also played bass on the album). Since their debut release they have changed vocalists bringing in not one, but two vocalists – Nina Soderquist and Stefan Nykvist – with only drummer Peter Svensson remaining from the original line-up.
With this revitalized crew, HEARTWIND is releasing tomorrow their second platter “Strangers“. There are a few notable guest spots too including Mike Lavér (Dynazty), Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T.) and Mats Levén (Treat).
Much more elaborated and catchy than the debut album, ‘Stranger’ is a ‘must listen’ for lovers of Scandinavian melodic rock / AOR.

HEARTWIND – Higher And Higher (2018)

Hailing from Sweden, HEARTWIND is the creation of two musicians and long time friends, guitarist Goran Engvall (ex-Hitworks) and keyboard player Mikael Rosengren – ex Scudiero, one of my favorite underground AOR band from the ’90s. Their debut CD titled “Higher And Higher” is being released by AOR Heaven Records, and I can see why: Heartwind is pure Scandinavian melodic...