I got a nice chance to chat with Jona Tee back in May at MRF5 in Chicago and funny enough, he said the same thing when I was asking him if they had started working on the next album and what the direction might be. He said he wanted to make an in-your-face, kick ass melodic hard rock album.
He had also said that they had a bunch of songs ready to go and were hoping to start recording toward the end of 2018 but tour plans were probably going to push recording off until the spring. He said they were aiming to have the next album out by the end of 2019 and that they couldn't afford to take so much time off like they did between TDTW and ITGU. He commented that while a couple guys in the band have other sources of income, some guys only have the band so they need the band to be working.
Some interesting comments by Erik on his thoughts about "Into the Great Unknown" according to a recent interview with AOR Watchtower
The next album was "Into The Great Unknown" , released last year. Undoubtedly, it is HEAT's most experimental work to date. What was different while composing the album that sets it apart from others, musically?
Erik Grönwall: I think the big difference was that we did not spend as much time together as we did while working on the album and even while writing material. We were all spending time with other people in the middle and I think that somehow influenced the compositions. I honestly do not like "Into The Great Unknown" , I think we could have done something better ... but it was something we needed to do.
I believe you already have some material being worked on for the new album. How would you define the musical direction of what is coming?
Erik Grönwall: No antics. Hard & Heavy ...
Good album, the comments above are right on the money. If you liked the debut this picks up where that one left off, but with a fuller sound. My favorites are probably the first two promo tracks along with "Life Ain't Like This On the Radio" and "Until the End". But I'd be hard pressed to point out a song that I didn't enjoy listening to.
The second song is pretty good melody wise but there's something lacking in the production department. Too rough, almost sounds like a demo. The guitar sound is pretty awful. Don't like the production at all, sounds too 'busy'.