Airbourne are and always have been the modern equivalent to ACDC in their peak prime. In the live circuit especially, these boys have prevailed since their debut “Running Wild” way back in 2007. Now we are in 2019, twelve years later with album number five entitled “BoneShaker”. Up to this point Airbourne have kept their Aussie sound in full tact with more polish from record to record with “Breaking Outta Hell” being sonically a very hard hitting album. However, with this new album, they decide to go a way more raw route.
It would be foolish to describe song by song as they are all pure sex, drugs and rock n roll but the sound is definitely a lot more organic with the band virtually sounding like they are recording live in a garage. The guitars aren’t necessarily boosted in the mix and are running almost along side the bass and drums a lot of the time. The solo’s are still great as ever but they cut like chainsaws throughout the album more roughly than I think they have on any other release and I love it. Some of my favorites are the title track, the scorching “Burnout The Nitro” and the heavy grooving “Weapon Of War” among pretty much every other song. They still remain as consistent as they ever have
Airbourne are at their core pure simplicity and if you didn’t enjoy them before you sure as hell wont enjoy them now. While they are trudging repeated grounds they are at the same time keeping the four to the floor rock n roll sound of the old days alive in spades and this record shows it with warts and all. The more organic sound definitely makes this record stand out a bit more as it sounds almost like it could have been an independent release and from this band it sounds just as good as their more polished work. 8 out of 10 check it out!