HARD­CORE SU­PER­STAR

Kerrang! (UK) - - Lives -

FOR FANS OF: Guns N’ Roses, Buckcherry, Back­yard Ba­bies ■ Some peo­ple just don’t like change. Take lis­ten­ing to AC/DC, for ex­am­ple – they know what they like and all they want is to do lots of it. The idea of stick­ing to what you like hasn’t hurt Swedish sleaze-punks Hard­core Su­per­star as they lob out their 11th dose of the good stuff. And if You Can’t Kill My Rock ‘N Roll turns out to be their swan­song, as clos­ing track Good­bye strongly sug­gests, it’s a hell of a way to go. The band sim­ply dis­til all that’s ever been great about them­selves into 12 un­fet­tered, care­free, highly-charged tracks. They may have stuck to the same path these past 20 years, but they’ve cer­tainly honed their art, as per­fectly dis­played on Elec­tric Rider and Have Mercy On Me – two caf­feine bombs, sharp-hooked and dan­ger­ously in­fec­tious. The best thing here, how­ever, is Bring The House Down, which sounds like ‘70s glam le­gends Slade gone metal. We all know rock‘n’roll can’t be killed, but it sure doesn’t hurt to be re­minded. STEVE BEEBEE

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