YOU CAN’T KILL MY ROCK N ROLL
Released on September 21, 2018 (Gain/Sony Sweden)
Wow! Isn’t it cool that Hardcore Superstar are still around? This band from Gothenburg, Sweden first landed on my radar ten years ago via a Sleaze Roxx review of Dreamin In A Casket. Again in 2010, Split Your Lip hooked me. These albums became the epitome of new wave sleaze, along with Crashdïet, Crazy Lixx, The Last Vegas, etc. After nearly a dozen albums dating back to 1998, You Can’t Kill My Rock N Roll is still kicking ass. Sure, they have matured since “Sadistic Girls”, but that’s alright. I won’t say the band has mellowed, but Hardcore Superstar have refined their direction.
“AD/HD” launches the album pretty well, proving that this record will be something familiar to long-time fans. “Electric Rider” transitions from the frantic first track to a guitar and vocal driven hard rock tune. Following the acoustic intro, “My Sanctuary” has one killer guitar line where the rest of the band simply falls into the pocket. The chorus kind of floats along, but it’s worth putting up with for that grind in the verses. I’m into track four — “Hit Me Where it Hurts” — and I am running out of words to describe how much this is yet another solid Hardcore Superstar album. I get a kick out of “You Can’t Kill My Rock N Roll.” The clear ZZTop guitar is really killer. I love this track. Maybe the bridge/chorus is a bit over the top but man, you have to sample it to understand. “Have Mercy On Me” has a bit of Pretty Boy Floyd in its pop metal feel, but I think it works. The chorus is worthy of a sing-along. Not particularly into “Never Cared For Snobbery” as it seems to be trying to incorporate too many elements. Each is good, but combined into one song seems too much for me.
“Baboon” combines both modern and old-school sleaze elements like a boom boom. A good listen, but not particularly memorable, except for the blazing solo. There’s something strange about “Medicine Man” between the stomp verse and a strangely high pitched chorus. It is surely played well, particularly leading into the solo section but overall, it’s a bit odd. The aptly named closing track “Goodbye” isn’t much to talk about, as it’s mostly filler.
I am into 85% of the new Hardcore Superstar album. What rocks is totally worth the listen, and the rest doesn’t really appeal to me, although others may feel differently. Regardless, this is a better effort than the band’s 2015 release HCSS, since You Can’t Kill My Rock n Roll has a few memorable tracks and is far more focused.
02. Electric Rider
03. Bring The House Down
04. You Can’t Kill My Rock N Roll
05. Never Cared For Snobbery
06. Have Mercy On Me
07. Hit Me Where It Hurts
08. Useless Information
09. The Others
10. Medicine Man
11. My Sanctuary
Jocke Berg – vocals
Vic Zino – guitar
Martin Sandvik – bass
Adde Andreasson – drums
Reviewed by Metal Mike for Sleaze Roxx, September 2018
Hardcore Superstar‘s “You Can’t Kill My Rock N Roll” video:
Hardcore Superstar – You Can´t Kill My Rock n Roll Title track from album, release September 21st. Lyrics below!
Hardcore Superstar‘s “AD/HD” video:
Hardcore Superstar – AD/HD (Official Video) Lyrics below!
Hardcore Superstar‘s “Electric Rider” video:
Hardcore Superstar – Electric Rider (Official Video) Live from Tour De Saster, Lisebergshallen Sat March 24th 2018, Hardcore Superstar and Mustasch co headline tour. Stream/download song: https://hardcoresuperstar.lnk.to/nP7gn Filmed and edited by Max Ljungberg. Special thanks to Marcus Witold and Jim Nedergård.