Album Review: Airbourne, Black Dog Barking

One thing you need to know about Airbourne is they sound a hell of a lot like ACDC, a “Highway to Hell” of a lot, in fact. If you can get past this obvious comparison — and accept they’ve chosen a pretty good band to emulate the sound of — then you should enjoy the no-frills, hard-hitting 4/4 rock and roll they consistently churn out.Like the Warrnambool quartet’s last two releases Runnin’ Wild (2007) and No Guts. No Glory. (2010), Black Dog Barking is chock full of made-for-air-guitar riffs, ferocious vocals, solid rhythm playing, squealing Angus-Young-inspired solos and lyrics that pander to just about every cliché of rock music. Song titles on this album include “Ready To Rock”, “Firepower”, “Women Like That” and “Live It Up”, the first single whose chorus begins “Hell raiser, Risk taker/ Full speed ahead till I’m dead in the fast lane”. On “No One Fits Me (Better Than You)”, front man Joel O’Keefe’s voice reaches full falsetto and features one of his more creative riffs, while “Women like that” showcases the sturdy backing vocals of the rhythm section that make Airbourne’s songs so easy to sing along to.Lifelong Airbourne fans will invariably draw links between some of the tracks on this record and those on their earlier albums, but you have to expect that from a band that only uses three chords per song and has ACDC and Motörhead as its key influences. And let’s be honest, the music Airbourne has created up until now has been pretty damn good and earned them worldwide recognition, so it can’t hurt them to keep making the same music again and again.To quote a recent post on the band’s Facebook page, “crank it up, crack a beer and stick some rock ‘n’ roll in your ear!”Black Dog Barking is available on iTunes from Friday, May 17 and in stores Monday, May 20by Alexander Darling

May 15th 2013
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