Airbourne – Breakin’ Outta Hell

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Sporting album number four, that little old band from down under, AIRBOURNE, knocks out some serious rock n roll with Breakin’ Outta Hell (Spinefarm Records, out now). From Melbourne, Australia, AIRBOURNE’S members are Joel O’Keeffe (vocals, lead guitar), David Roads (guitar), Justin Street (bass) and Ryan O’Keeffe (drums). Formed in 2003, their style is an intertwine with the likes of AC/DC, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, THIN LIZZY and MOTÖRHEAD. With only four albums produced, most of the \m/etalhead community already know who they are. What they have is very appealing and a long life lies ahead for them.  

Number four explodes from the very beginning. The title track “Breakin’ Outta Hell”, gives that same feel as putting the pedal to the \m/etal and racin’ down the highway at full speed. It’s a great way to start a new production. I love new efforts that start by running over your ass. “Rivalry” will slow down long enough so you can pick your butt up off the pavement, but will soon beat you up again. I found myself trying to reproduce the main riff with my fretting hand while driving down the road (aka “air guitar”). This track reminds me of why I really like this band. Good, simple rock n’ roll, nothing fancy, straightforward, no nonsense punch in your face. Probably my favorite on the LP.

“Get Back Up” is an inspiration for those who have it tough at one time or another, so just get back up and get on with things. With “It’s Never Too Loud for Me” in fourth position, one really gets that small club attitude. “Thin the Blood” cranks up the beat to a fast paced, MOTÖRHEAD-AC/DC head butting. Excellent riffage and hard pounding skins dominating this track, one of my favorites. “I’m Going to Hell for This” is also reminiscent of the AC/DC, Back in Black genre. I can hear the preacher as he points a finger, looking down his nose and saying “you’re going to hell for that son”. Not like that ever happened to me.  

“Down on You”…..about being depressed….not, try again!! If you have to guess what this is about, well, you need to get out more..or get in more, if you catch my drift. I think the ladies especially will like this (wink). “Rocked Like This” is a nice tune, and has a bit of a nasty feel. Well, hell, look what precedes it. “When I Drink I Go Crazy” is a good fast-paced tune with some lightning fast licks and fun lyrics: “Standing drunk in the middle of the road, directing traffic like a Ninja”…..but who hasn’t done that, right?  “Do Me Like You Do Yourself” is a fun song with imaginative, self-pleasing, lyrics.

Finishing the LP is “It’s All For Rock N’ Roll,” a nice tribute to Lemmy (RIP) from MOTÖRHEAD. Lemmy was very influential to AIRBOURNE and many other bands. It’s a tragic, but very classy way to end the LP. I think this is just a great album. Some tunes are better than others, but all are very easy to listen to. Fast and slow tracks get changed up to keep it interesting and some simple and nice n’ nasty lyrics. The perfect combination. Nice effort guys. One of my favorites for the year.   Salude’

STANDOUT TRACKS: ALL OF THEM

RATING: 10/10

-MARK EHRLICH


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