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Bullet (Sweden) - 2011 Highway Pirates

ARTIST: Bullet (Sweden)
ALBUM: Highway Pirates
LABEL: Black Lodge
YEAR: 2011


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

TRACK LISTING: 01 Highway Pirates * 02 Back On The Road * 03 Stay Wild * 04 Blood Run Hot * 05 Fire And Dynamite * 06 Down And Out * 07 Knuckleduster * 08 Heavy Metal Dynamite * 09 Citylights * 10 Into The Night



There aren't too many bands worth getting excited about these days, but Bullet are a massive exception to that rule. This much anticipated follow up to 2008's 'Bite The Bullet' classic might be their best effort yet - and that's saying something considering how great the first two albums were. As you'd expect nothings changed, with the band cranking out another vintage set of 80's inspired metal, with the same AC/DC, Krokus, Saxon, Accept, Judas Priest et al influences. That said Bullet have forged their own identity and the veritable amount of classics here makes AC/DC themselves look like a bloody joke!

The Songs
Anyone thinking Bullet may have begun to compromise their ideals by the third album will be very relieved by the onslaught of anthems on offer here. There's no respite whatsoever and this is the best biker boogie heard in decades. The fast paced opening track is all metal, much in the Accept mold, which automatically renders it a winner. 'Back On The Road' is the type of anthem not heard in raw fashion like this since the early 80's. This is so catchy it will be burned into your consciousness after one listen. Hell Hofer is in great voice here and this track is reminiscent of Krokus as a whole. 'Stay Wild' continues the barrage of riffs and general mayhem and 'Blood Run Hot' has a commercial AC/DC vibe in the addictive chorus and riff. 'Fire And Dynamite' and 'Down And Out' run the mid-paced gamut with effective results before being blown away by the all out metal ferocity of 'Knuckleduster'. This is already the album of the year just seven tracks in! These guys are at the top of their game and another Krokus inspired feast, 'Heavy Metal Dynamite' is the icing on the cake and the second title featuring 'dynamite'! 'City Lights' has a victorious chorus with has a NWOBHM tinge but I prefer the brooding 'Into The Night', which has an epic feel with some noticeable Iron Maiden riffing straight from 'Number Of The Beast,' showing yet another side to the bands influences.

In Summary
This is the only new album I've bothered with thus far in 2011 and judging by the way things are going it might be the only one all year! The beauty of Bullet is you know exactly what to expect and they deliver the goods in comprehensive style. It seems the bands popularity is on the rise and deservedly so. There will always be a market for this kind of music and Bullet hopefully will carry the flag for years to come.

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#1 | gdazegod on March 22 2011 11:23:54
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#3 | george_the_jack on March 22 2011 11:48:00
This is a fantastic album Alun indeed! Totally agree with the review! A pure true heavy metal revival!
#4 | gdazegod on March 22 2011 11:49:42
I'm lovin' it too. All the aforementioned bands in the review should be thanking BULLET for giving them the breath of life! (metaphorically speaking of course)..
#5 | sabace on January 24 2012 20:56:21
I have'nt heard this lp, but I purchased the first lp based on a similar rave review and I was underwhelmed by it . Good lp yes but they sound like a ac/dc, rose tatoo cover band and I failed to hear the accept references .
#6 | gdazegod on January 24 2012 21:12:41
Cover band?
#7 | dangerzone on January 25 2012 03:09:25
Don't hear the Accept influences? Not sure about that one ...
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