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Hardcore Superstar. You Can’t Kill My Rock N Roll

You Can’t Kill My Rock N Roll is exactly that from team Hardcore Superstar. Beginning with a high energy track (as you might expect) track ADHD they then progress into Electric Rider which bares all the hallmarks of a traditional Hardcore Superstar anthem. With catchy hooks and instant sing-a-long choruses, it’s easy to see why this band have lasted the pace.

My Sanctuary takes it down a notch with an acoustic beginning, which in true HCSS, style kicks into a groovy riff which is bound to get any live crowd absolutely bouncing. With soaring melodic choruses and then dirty, sleazy riffs you can see how tis band would fit in perfectly as one of the headliners for HRH Sleaze in the coming years. (Hint, hint). Of course, My Sanctuary develops into a sexy solo, the only disappointing thing about this track is that it seems to fade out and leave the audience wanting more. Give us the full HCSS experience, headbanging and all! At only 3:44 it’s one of the shortest track on the album.

Hit Me Where It Hurts quickly remedies this being solidly riff heavy, head shaking material with deep guttural bass that shakes your insides and traditional Jocke vocals the move from incredibly fast to incredibly high yet still completely engaging and make you want to join in. This song seems like it’ll be a real hit from the album – breakdown and all where there’s some great technical guitar work. In this track we hear the traditional HCSS ending which build to crescendo them bam, it’s ended. It’s a technique that’s worked for them time and time again and still does successfully.

YCKMRNR is completely reminiscent at first of Above The Law, just due to the beat and the chanting feel but quickly develops itself into its own unique party-vibe song. It’s the perfect getting ready to head out song with great hairbrush singing moments, clapping and generally just a great feel-good vibe! Isn’t that exactly what this band do best? It’s also a perfect end of night to belt out at the top of your voice too! A win-win really!

 The album then takes a darker twist with track The Others and really brings the metalz with the iconic HCSS wail of guitars, creating a real searcher feel to the track. This song will make you want to head bang, absolutely no doubts about it – so if you’re listening on the train just be aware of this! The breakdown is a solid hair-swinging moment that ends the track with a menacing laugh. Perfect.

Next up, Have Mercy On Me, which you may have heard before as it was released in earlier 2017 is so catchy it really should be tested for STD’s! If you listen carefully you’ll hear it begins with the quote from The Poltergeist “They’re Here” and boy is that true. Dare I say this might be the most sing-a-long song on the album? Try it. Press play and listen to the whole thing and then try and get through the whole entire day without then finding yourself later singing or humming parts of the tune. High Octane, energetic, catchy and an earworm all at once. If you’ve caught a Hardcore Superstar show within the last year or so, you may have had the privilege of seeing this live, and what a song it is live!

Never Cared For Snobbery is a song for the everyman with a little touch of rebellion, again another trait that HCSS do so well in their tracks. It begins with a chant along “Never Cared For Snobbery” which continues throughout the song. Baboon is next up, which you may have already checked out previously as it was released as single from tis album in 2018. With vocal effects, gang vocals it creates a big sound to the song with drums from Adde and Vic Zino’s guitar solos throughout. Again, another quick track at 3:12 (although there are smaller tracks on the album) this one has a whole lot packed into the punch.

Bring The House Down does exactly what it says on the tin and you can image this being the last song on the set. With call and response vocals it gives great opportunity for audience participation (especially with the odd “woah’s” and “That time where you bring the house down… bring the house down.”)

Track 11, Medicine Man, brings things back up again into a bit of a bluesy groovy feel, completed by drums from Adde as always. A touch of slide guitar gives it that old dusty feel that you’d associate with medicine men back in earlier times. Again, there’s nice use of gang vocals and isolation of the guitar to build the track up with Jocke bare vocals ending the track.

Lastly, and aptly named in Goodbye, which as you begin to play in has a slight ballad feel which builds up a little whilst still maintaining this feel. Again, equally another great live ender. This, in comparison to their usual pace, is a little slower in feel and a bit more heartfelt, with lyrics like “Goodbye to all of you, there’s nothing left to do.

 

All in all, a fairly high-octane album and it’ll be a cracker to witness live!

 

 

review Lynn Carberry.