There is no debate about who will be the natural successor to AC/DC‘s throne. It is clearly Airbourne. Since their formation in 2003, the Australian hell raisers have partied hard, climbed the scaffolding of many stages across the world, played hundreds of gigs and festivals, and written some damn fun albums along the way. Their fourth album, Breakin’ Outta Hell released on Spinefarm Records is no different to their previous works in the sense that is another incredibly fun outing for the band.
Airbourne are one of those bands who don’t deviate from the formula, for some bands sticking to the formula doesn’t work and makes the band seem repetitive and forgetful. But Airbourne have created another album full of charisma, energy, and passionate vibes. Led by the title track and lead single, the album does not stop from the moment it launches, only slowing down to build anticipation before launching another surgical strike upon the listener.
This is classic Airbourne material. The guitars are loud, the solos are slick, the drums pack a punch and the bass holds the madness in check with confidence and swagger. Joel O’Keeffe does Bon Scott proud by commanding the songs with real presence. No song on the album is longer than four minutes and every number is an anthem in its own right. Album closer ‘It’s All For Rock and Roll’ is a Twisted Sister-inspired sing-a-long that reminds us to protect the glorious rock ‘n’ roll we all love. This isn’t going to win album of the year, but it’s sure as hell one of the mot fun albums of the year.
Airbourne aren’t concerned with rewriting the rule book, they just want to have fun with an audience and Breakin’ Outta Hell is an album that will enable that. AC/DC must be proud knowing that they have spawned a great protege band in Airbourne.
Best Tracks: ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell,’ ‘Get Back Up,’ ‘Never Been Rocked Liked This,’ ‘It’s All For Rock and Roll’/
1. Breakin’ Outta Hell
3. Get Back Up
4. It’s Never Too Loud For Me
5. Thin The Blood
6. I’m Going to Hell For This
7. Down On You
8. Never Been Rocked Like This
9. When I Drink I Go Crazy
10. Do Me Like You Do Yourself
11. It’s All For Rock ‘n’ Roll
Joel O’Keeffe – Lead vocals / Lead guitar
Ryan O’Keeffe – Drums / Percussion
David Roads – Rhythm Guitar / Backing vocals
Justin Street – Bass guitar / Backing vocals
Airbourne will be touring the UK with Crobot in November, the dates are as followed:
17-NOV UK, PORTSMOUTH PYRAMID
18-NOV UK, NORWICH UEA HEADLINE
19-NOV UK, NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY
21-NOV UK, BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY
22-NOV UK, LEEDS O2 ACADEMY
23-NOV UK, NEWCASTLE O2 ACADEMY
24-NOV UK, GLASGOW BARROWLAND
26-NOV UK, MANCHESTER RITZ
28-NOV UK, LONDON ELECTRIC BALLROOM
29-NOV UK, LONDON ELECTRIC BALLROOM