7/6/2007 - Review by: Frank Hill
Hardcore Superstar - ST - 2005 - Gain Records
Coming from the Gothenburg home of melodic death/thrash metal, Sweden's Hardcore Superstar may look like a gypsy-goth, cast-off collection of Motley Crue, Aerosmith and L.A. Guns, but their chops are apparent as catchy riffs and shout choruses cascade through "Kick On The Upperclass", "She's Offbeat", "Wild Boys", the infectious "We Don't Celebrate Sunday's" and the politically incorrect "Bag on your Head". Other than some vacuous lyrical content there's a lot of attitude and fun on "Hardcore Superstar" which also includes the introspective tune and the stalwart power ballad.
Party rock continues to live on, but to better locate the sleazy glam that spilled into our living rooms so abundantly decades ago, we must open our ears to farther vistas than the Sunset Strip. Europe's hard rock revival is currently a great place to start.
Rating: 4 of 5
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