Airbourne: ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’

Released on September 23, 2016 (Spinefarm Records)

“No ballads. No bullshit.” — Well, that sounds very promising! Could Airbourne really deliver a fourth great album in a row? Judging from the two first songs that had been released — the title track “Breakin’ Outta Hell” and the first single/video “Rivalry” — Airbourne were poised to do it again, which is deliver an album full of AC/DC influenced down and dirty rockers that will have your head bopping in record time.

One listen to Breakin’ Outta Hell confirmed that Airbourne were indeed going to respect their credo of “No ballads. No bullshit.” Frankly, Breakin’ Outta Hell is everything that you would expect from Airbourne. The Aussie lads are not out there to reinvent the wheel on their fourth album and simply deliver another slab of fist pumping, go for the throat, easy to enjoy rockers. You’ve got the faster tracks such as “Breakin’ Outta Hell.” You have the sing along song with the “Oooh. Oooh. Oooh.” portions contained in the first single “Rivarly.” You have the rock n’ roll anthem in “It’s All For Rock N’ Roll.” You’ve got the apparent feel and homage to Bon Scott era AC/DC during the intro verses of “I’m Going To Hell For This.” You’ve got a more bluesy like tune with “Thin The Blood.” In a nutshell, all of the songs on Breakin’ Outta Hell are good ones with some falling into the great category such as the album closer “It’s All For Rock N’ Roll” and the faster paced title track “Breakin’ Outta Hell.”

Airbourne will not win any points for originality on Breakin’ Outta Hell. The Aussie rockers stay well within their comfort zone but who really cares? When your “safe zone” produces simply amazing stuff, why venture into unknown territory, experiment and possibly ruin it for your fan base? Some will therefore say that Airbourne played it safe on Breakin’ Outta Hell. I say that Airbourne delivered exactly what Airbourne fans (I am going to put myself in the place of all Airbourne fans here) wanted, which is no easy feat. It’s difficult to write good to great songs over and over again — just ask any songwriter. There’s no need to say that Airbourne‘s fourth album Breakin’ Outta Hell will find itself nestled in Sleaze Roxx‘s Top Ten Albums year-end list. The only question that remains is where exactly on Sleaze Roxx‘s Top Ten Albums of 2016 that Breakin’ Outta Hell will place.

Sometimes, all you can say is “thank you.” Thank you Airbourne for not compromising and delivering once again an amazing record full of kick ass, head banging, fist pumping, adrenaline filled rockers.

Track List:
01. Breakin’ Outta Hell
02. Rivalry
03. Get Back Up
04. It’s Never Too Loud For Me
05. Thin The Blood
06. I’m Going To Hell For This
07. Down On You
08. Rocked Like This
09. When I Drink I Go Crazy
10. Do Me Like You Do Yourself
11. It’s All For Rock N’ Roll

Band Members:
Joel O’Keefe – vocals, rhythm and lead guitar
Ryan O’Keefe – drums
David Roads – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Justin Street – bass, backing vocals

Produced by Bob Marlette
Recorded, mixed and engineered by Mike Fraser
2nd engineer and ProTools editing: Luke Cincotta
Mastered by Adam Ayan
Additional ProTools editing by Chris Marlette

Band Websites:
Official Website

Reviewed by Olivier for Sleaze Roxx, September 2016

Airbourne‘s “Rivarly” video:

Airbourne – Rivalry


Airbourne‘s “Breakin’ Outta Hell” lyric video:

Airbourne – Breakin’ Outta Hell (Lyric Video)

Airbourne ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’ single taken from the Album ‘Breakin Outta Hell’ released 23rd September worldwide via Spinefarm Records Buy / Listen here:i…