It’s album number 4 from the Aussie rabble rousing rockers, and that my good brethren can only mean one thing. Yes! More chest beating anthems in the spirit of pissed up partying & rock n roll. Well, seriously, what else should we expect!?
So that said, my introduction to the band were back in 2011 when I witnessed Airbourne supporting Iron Maiden. And a tad harshly I reckon, my other half then said, “They look like they’re trying too hard”.
Now in hindsight, that’s definitely an invalid point, because they still rock with the same visceral energy like they did back then. And let’s not overlook the fact that the Warrnambool rockers have spent years slogging it out on the road duly earning themselves a solid reputation.
To date, they’ve become one of the most unmissable live acts around, and it’s hard to argue. So without further ado, it’s time to weigh ’em up if & see their brand of earsplitting, high energy, bar room brawls transfer soundly to the comfort & safety of our homes.
AIRBOURNE’S NEWEST ALBUM ‘BREAKIN’ OUTTA HELL’ FEATURES:
An album stocked with a full crate of beer can exploding tracks.
- Breakin’ Outta Hell – Declaring war on all things that do not rock.
- Thin The Blood – An ode to boozing, partying and the inevitable hangover.
- When I Drink I Go Crazy – Another one about booze, why stop at just one?
- Rivalry – Groovy riff with macho fist fighting video. See Below.
- Never Been Rocked Like This – A bold statement. Can Airbourne outmatch fellow countrymen AC/DC?
One thing you won’t see are Airbourne slipping in a nice soft, romantic ballad between their earth shattering songs. The album is charged with foot stomping, head banging material from beginning to end. Hell, ‘Breaking Outta Hell’ even closes with Airbourne paying their due respect to the late Lemmy Kilmister on the final track ‘It’s All For Rock N’ Roll’.
As you can see from the song subject matter, there’s no let up from the all guns blazing swagger. Singer Joel O’Keeffe sings like he’s rockin’ out his last day on earth. And I say fair play to ’em. It’s not new and it’s nothing ground breaking, but their brand is distilled from the finest recipes of rock n roll, only this one’s 90% proof.
Airbourne are back to celebrate, & that’s good news, because you’re all invited join in on the balls out, beer swilling, cock swinging, loud brash unapologetic rock n roll. Lemmy would indeed be proud.
Check out Airbourne’s macho foot stomping fist to the face video.
Who’s it for?
If you have a penchant of pumping your fist to 3 open power chords, while the other hand busts a beer can over your head, then you’re unmistakably an Airbourne fan. With macho lyrical content to make you feel manly enough bench press a rhino, it’s the kind of stuff that gets hooked deep into the reptilian brain. Hard Rock + Max Volume + Beer = You.
Where to find this?
Airbourne do what they do best and nothing else, That’ll be hard rocking, heavy riffing & more sleazy lyrics. Thankfully they’re not about to fix something that ain’t broke.
It could be easy to sneer at Airborne’s lack of diversity without witnessing the raucous sheer entertainment of a live show. To some, this may seem like rinse and repeat.
Alternative Albums/Essential Listening.
Now the fracturing of AC/DC painfully unfolds, with Brian Johnson’s ousting due to ear problems, & Axl Rose in as live replacement, Cliff Williams’s recent resignation & more tragically, Malcolm’s dementia, Airbourne are left to carry the torch. It’s up to them now to give us a fix of good time high voltage rock n roll, & the fellow Aussie lads are no doubt the natural successors to grab the Baton before it gets dropped to the ground completely. Although not exactly trailblazers, & frankly, who cares? It’s a tried and tested formula and one that works.
There’s not many who can match Airbourne’s spirit and enthusiasm right now. So even if you’re not interested in adding them to your CD rack this time round, check em out live.
Airbourne’s ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’ Is out now via Spinefarm Records.