BLACK ACES - HELLBOUND (Bad Reputation)
Talking about Hard Rock from Australia, the first band that comes to mind is the legendary band AC DC. Loved by many around the planet, they were Hard Rock pioneers. They still are active today and inspire bands everywhere and rely on a huge fan base!
Many bands are aware of this. Last decade a lot of musicians realized that the authentic sound and songwriting of Australian most legendary band is loved and worshipped. We all know Airbourne from Australia and Bullet from Sweden. They copied and tributed the style of AC DC, and that paid off, making them also very popular around the globe.
These gentlemen, from Victoria, Australia, had the same thoughts. Their first effort, only an EP, immediately takes you back to the glorious days of Hard Rock. Rhythm guitars played on a nostalgic Gibson SG create the Hard Rock sound we all know from back in the days. This sound, mixed with some wicked bass lines and fierce drumming, forms the base of overall great songs. Add a singer that could be called Bon Scott (God rest his soul) and Brian Johnson at the same time. Trying to be original, he screams some high pitches and creates a rebellion atmosphere. Simply energetic riffin’ takes the score. Ready to bang your head?
Lyrically it’s all quite simple. Traditional songwriting about women, drinking, rocking out and so on…. Honestly, that’s all this genre needs. This album is far from original and doesn’t deliver anything new. Black Aces plays AC DC like it sounded back in the 70’s and 80’s. Music we can all enjoy, but this album isn’t filled with original tracks. If you are looking for a band with an own unique style, then you will be definitely disappointed.
However, needing some nice music for a long road trip, or wanting to pump up a barbeque party in the back yard, then this is the stuff you need.
These guys will probably rock on stage as well. They’ve already done intensive touring in their home country and a 2 week tour in the UK. Personally I hope they can grow with this EP and play some more shows on European soil. We know some similar revival bands who gained quite some popularity, for example, Free Fall, Scorpion Child and The Answer. They all remind us about the foundations of Metal, called Hard Rock.
My final verdict: Nothing original, just pure rock ‘n roll that will remind you about the most famous Australian band ever. On the rocks!
My Points: 78 / 100
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, substandard50- : Rubbish