Dutch band Vandenberg's debut from 1982 was a success and went a bit unexpectedly well in the U.S. Produced by Stuart Epps in Jimmy Page's studio, Sol Studios, it is a very competent record filled with a mix of AOR and classic hard rock.
The bands sequel Heading for a Storm follows the same track with the same producer and also studio. However, it did not do quite as good on the charts and lacked above all from a real hit like the debut had in "Burning Heart". Personally I think that this second album is almost as good and that is should have generated one or even two hit singles. Both "Friday Night" and "Welcome To The Club" is AOR of world class and with the right promotion both would have been hits. Also, "Time Will Tell" and especially the very beautiful ballad "Different Worlds" is worth mentioning on this nice record.
Unlike the debut, Heading for a Storm has a few more standard tracks and doesn’t quite have the same high level over the entire album. The second half is not as good as the first half that is incredible good and is more or less prefect.
But overall this is a very nice album that you should check out if you like AOR with influences from hard rock, like MSG, Triumph and why not say Coney Hatch.
The package from Rock Candy Records is on again magically well with a fully remastered sound, 12 page full color booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, photos and new interview with Adrian Vandenberg. Great stuff!