Rating:
8.8
Hardcore Superstar - Hardcore Superstar
2005


01. Kick On The Upperclass
02. Bag On Your Head
03. Last Forever
04. She's Offbeat
05. We Dont Celebrate Sundays
06. Hateful
07. Wild Boys
08. My Good Reputation
09. Cry Your Eyes Out
10. Simple Man
11. Blood On Me
12. Standin On The Verge


From the growing glam-rock revival of Sweden comes Hardcore Superstar with their self-titled fifth album. And this album is a great treat for those who love 80's glam/sleaze rock.

Don't let the above statement fool you, this is not a re-hash or knock off of any 80's sound. They take the sleazy bad-boy sound of the 1980's Sunset Strip scene and put a heavy twist on it. Though the intro song 'Kick On The Upperclass' is catchy and powerful, Hardcore Superstar don't show their true greatness until the second track 'Bag On Your Head' (and yes the song is about exactly what it sounds like) opening with possibly one of the heaviest riffs I have heard to date. And that is counting all forms of music. A few fun, yet slightly forgettable songs pass before we hit the heart of the album, and possibly the greatest song from the entire Hardcore Superstar discography; 'We Dont Celebrate Sundays'. It's a very upbeat fun song with a great chant-along chorus and an amazingly catchy main riff. As before there are more streaks of slightly forgettable songs before we hit more gold like 'Wild Boys' and the humourus yet vindictive sounding 'My Good Reputation'.

It's not that the weaker songs are bad the entire way through, it's that they don't have the same flow that the 4 strongest tracks have, those strong tracks have incredible intros that pull you in from the first second of play, and keep you held on until the end. The weaker tracks have great catchy riffs and memorable chorus' but you have to sit through a few seconds of a terrible intro for each song, which can be a downfall for us impatient metalheads who hit the skip button on our CD player if the intro doesn't grab us. To sum it up, these tracks take a few moments of patience.

The music is simple, straightforward rock 'n' roll, and the lyrics are just as straightforward. There is very little symbolism if any at all. To answer the question I end most reviews with "would I recommend this album?", it's a lot harder to answer this time around. I'll put it this way though; if you're a fan of glam/sleaze rock from the 80's you'll fall in love this album instantly, and it will give you hope for the future of rock n roll. If you're one of the many metalheads who spits upon glam rock I tell you to avoid this album like the plague.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 9
Production: 9


Band profile: Hardcore Superstar
Album: Hardcore Superstar


 


written by Doc Godin | 26.04.2007


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