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Bullet (Sweden) - 2012 Full Pull

ARTIST: Bullet (Sweden)
ALBUM: Full Pull
LABEL: Nuclear Blast
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: Hell Hofer - vocals * Hampus Klang - guitar * Erik Almstrom - guitar * Adam Hector - bass * Gustav Hjortso - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Midnight Oil * 02 Full Pull * 03 Running Away * 04 All Fired Up * 05 Rolling Home * 06 In The Heat * 07 High On The Hog * 08 Rush Hour * 09 Freeriding * 10 Gutterview * 11 Warriors * 12 Get On (bonus)



Hot on the heels of 2011's 'Highway Pirates' is the fourth album from Bullet, 'Full Pull' a relatively quick turnaround after the three year gap between 2008's 'Bite The Bullet' and last year's release. With each subsequent album I've been asking myself whether Bullet are finally going to offer up a dud, but with their fail-safe formula of classic heavy metal there's no chance of that. The band also now have a proper label backing them, Nuclear Blast wisely signing the lads up and publicizing this album in a manner the others never received. It's the music that matters however and the Swedish rockers haven't disappointed here; it's the sound and style we've come to expect from the band and to be honest would you want it any other way?

The Songs
'Full Pull' has more of an AC/DC influence running through the majority of it, with less of the Saxon or Judas Priest sounds that filtered through past efforts. But despite the obvious nods to those bands, Bullet has really forged a sound of their own and it's become more succinct with every album. But this is the same dirty biker metal as always and 'Midnight Oil' opens the proceedings in a slow, grinding manner with the requisite 80's riffs at the fore. The title track is where the magic takes off, the surging riffs and pace, Hell Hofer in full voice, two and a half minutes of anthemic Accept style metal. I don't know how these guys do it so convincingly, nobody else can. The melodic side of Bullet is on display on 'Running Away,' which is probably one of the most radio friendly songs they've recorded so far. It's definitely their most accessible chorus to date. 'All Fired Up' instantly conjures up thoughts of AC/DC, but again Bullet does it in a way that is unique to them. Let's face it also, nobody sounds like Hell Hofer, the guys voice is one of a kind. The riffs of 'Rolling Home' have an early 80's AC/DC feel, more Brian Johnson than Bon Scott, but it's just great metal at heart. My favourite track is the boogie of 'In The Heat,' where the band does their finest Krokus imitation circa 1981/82. I've said this in every Bullet review, but it might as well be 1982 such is the authenticity of the sound. So simple, but effective . all it takes is two minutes to get the point across. 'High on the Hog' offers another major chorus to some slower, solid riffs, but when the band is at full speed as on 'Rush Hour' that's when they're at their best for me. 'Freeriding' throws up more vintage heavy metal, as does the rapid delivery of 'Gutterview' and its exemplary guitar work. Saved for last is 'Warriors,' which is a flat out classic in my opinion. Structured like 'Balls to the Wall,' this is the most atmospheric track Bullet has created yet, tossing up images of the European metal scene of 1984. It's all in the guitar work and melody lines which show a band in a different class from their peers.

In Summary
With four albums under their belt, Bullet now has an impressive canon of work at their disposal. With their staunch dedication to maintaining their particular sound, I don't see how they can go wrong. If you enjoyed any of their last three albums then this is essential. Once you start listening it's almost impossible to stop. How many metal bands can anyone say that about now? For me at least it's very few. Bullet has taken the hard road on their way up the metal ladder and with the increased exposure from Nuclear Blast hopefully they will start reaping the rewards they deserve. This truly is 'gutterview' heavy metal, the way it was meant to be.

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#1 | gdazegod on September 20 2012 21:44:03
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#2 | dangerzone on September 20 2012 21:55:49
Man that 'Get On' is a right stormer! Shame it wasn't on my copy.
#3 | gdazegod on September 21 2012 02:25:34
There's this youtube clip of a bunch of American guys sitting around a table full of empty beer bottles getting excited about Bullet; calling them a 'new band'. Haha. Seems these Budweiser popping Neanderthals have been AWOL for awhile as Bullet have been in existence now for 11 years!
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