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Bullet (Sweden) - 2008 Bite The Bullet

ARTIST: Bullet (Sweden)
ALBUM: Bite The Bullet
LABEL: Black Lodge
YEAR: 2008


LINEUP: Dag 'Hell' Hofer - vocals * Hampus Klang - guitars * Erik Almström - guitars * Adam Hector - bass * Gustav Hjortsjo - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Pay The Price * 02 Roadking * 03 Bite The Bullet * 04 Dusk Till Dawn * 05 Nailed To The Ground * 06 City Of Sins * 07 Waste My Time * 08 Rock N Roll Remedy * 09 Rock Us Tonight * 10 Wheels Keep On Turning * 11 The Rebels Return



Anyone who thought the sound of early 80's Krokus, AC/DC and Judas Priest was dead and buried, never to be revived might want to lend an ear to up and coming Swedish metalheads Bullet. Their 2006 debut 'Heading To The Top' was such a perfect replica of said bands, particularly Krokus and AC/DC, that listeners may have been fooled into thinking Krokus had resurrected their vintage 1980-82 form. In other words it was absolutely brilliant. Two years later Bullet have released the all important follow up and thankfully nothing has changed. Metal to the core, this time taking in some Saxon and Accept along the way, this is as pure as the genre gets and in 2008 that is almost unbelievable.

The Songs
Vocalist Hell Hofer takes his cue from Brian Johnson and Marc Storace for the most part, but there's a large dosage of Accept's Udo thrown into the pot also. 'Pay the Price' instantly recycles 'For Those About To Rock', tossing in every AC/DC riff post 1980 along the way to great effect. Krokus are borrowed from next and in even more spectacular fashion, 'Roadking' copping the main riff from 'Bad Boys, Rag Dolls' with energy and melody levels soaring, a great piece of heavy metal. Bullet's riffs are a headbangers dream, cue the title track and the rebellious chorus, straight from 1981. 'Nailed To The Gun' recalls Saxon at their fastest during their glory years, particularly the twin guitar attack. The defining moment of the album may be the Gary Glitter styled chants hear during 'Rock and Roll Remedy', which are sure to raise a hefty grin! More Saxon madness appears during the speedy 'Rock Us Tonight' and the biker anthem 'Wheels Keep Turning' features classic lyrics about the dullness of 9-5, a stupid boss, fighting to be free and keeping the dream alive by hitting the road. These guys make it work. 'The Rebels Return' has Accept written all over it, think 'Princess Of The Dawn' or 'Neon Nights', but Bullet have their own sound the more you listen, despite the obvious comparisons, making this one for any fan of classic metal.

In Summary
Bullet have made a splash with both albums and bands of this kind are exactly what the world needs. This doesn't exceed the debut but it isn't far off either. Bullet understand exactly what is required to replicate the distinctive early 80's sound unlike many others who can't come close. For some reason Hammerfall spring to mind. Nevertheless denim and leather still lives thanks to these madmen. One listen and you'll know exactly what I mean.

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#1 | george_the_jack on October 30 2008 00:44:48
This is a great Scandinavian ACDC sounding, 80's heavy metal replica! Woahhh guitar2
#2 | MUSCLE on October 30 2008 19:55:06
the greatest blast of pure macho no frills no fancy heavy metal ive heard in years. as you say bro many try to imitate those glory daze of the early 80's but very few get it right. bullet do. and then some man!dog
#3 | gdazegod on November 09 2008 10:20:03
This is pharken awesome stuff! cheerleader 'Roadking' is killer stuff. And how about that lead singers name.. Hell Hofer!

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