AIRBOURNE - BLACK DOG BARKING (Roadrunner Records)

 

                          (Review by Patrick De Sloover)

If someone asks you if you know a band from Australia that has two brothers in the lineup and their musical style is hard rock’n roll, I guess that 99% of the respondents will mention AC/DC. Compared with this rock institute, we must admit that Airbourne suffice on all mentioned qualifications, we dare to go one step further and proclaim that Airbourne will be the next big thing from down under. They have the natural daring, the vivid live shows, the energetic song writing ability and the charismatic lineup to compete legends. Airbourne isn’t just a rock’n roll band that is ready to enlighten people at all venues they appear, Airbourne has much more to offer and their vision on rock is simply loyal, honest and meant to fill stadia with thousands of metalheads. 

Their third full length album is called ‘Black Dog Barking’ and those that want to hear a new style, a re-arranged point of view or just a band that evolved through the years, better skip, as the new album is a logical continuation of what happened in the past. No new elements, no specialties or extravagances, but just rock, pure and raw, with a lot of allusions to the standard clichés of sex, drugs and rock. For example opener ‘Ready To Rock’, contains a very clear message, and if they kick of their live concerts with a track of this measure, the whole crowd will be chanting out loud! I personally witnessed this at the Forta XL Festival, June 1st, in Holland. The band walked the stage, asked if we were ready to rock, and the music grabbed us immediately by the throat! Awesome!! 

All songs on ‘Black Dog Barking’ can be described as a direct hit, except for one: ‘Live It Up’.  This track is in my humble opinion one of the most interesting arrangements ever written by Airbourne. Listen to the intro, that will drag you slowly forward to lead you into an explosive riff. This is cult, this is why I became a metalhead. Some might say, that there are a lot of comparisons with ‘For Those About To Rock… We Salute You’, but I really don’t mind. This is so pure, so perfectly mixed and fine-tuned that this neckbreaker might become the Airbourne anthem for the next coming years! It’ s hard to mention every song individually as they all have some special ingredients to make things interesting. ‘Animalize’ can compete with ‘No One Fits Me’ while ‘Firepower’ is equal to ‘Woman Like That’.

This ‘Black Dog Barking’ album is a high standard for the next era of rock’n roll bands, and if you have a chance to see the band, do it. The band will come in the fall for some clubshows, and they will tear down the roof in every city they will visit!  It’s worth to check them out in a smaller venue, as the future and fame lies ahead!

Fans of AC/DC, please welcome the new class of rock’n roll, and perhaps, even perhaps, this band might become better than the original…

My rating:  92 / 100

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95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish