Absolute party metal
Remember the days of party metal? When bands just sang and lived the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll lifestyle? Maybe some of you are old enough to remember those days. But for those who haven't quite discovered that era of metal (aka the early 80s hair metal days), maybe you could start with Norwegian quintet Absolute Steel who are the modern day equivalent - at least musically anyways. Since forming in 1999, it's been a slow release process for the band (who are K2 on vocals, guitarists Dave Bomb and Andy Boss, bassist Dr. Schmutz and drummer Rick Hagan) who have only now followed up their 2002 debut The Fair Bitch Project with their latest album Womanizer.
The classic sounds of High Heels and Fishnet Stockings alone should give you an idea as to what these guys are all about. Hell, if the music doesn't (and there are plenty of hard rockin' chord progressions and rock cliches here) then the lyrics sure as hell should! Itâ€™s hard not to laugh at Beer Run ("We're out of beer! NO! Let's make a beer run! YEAH! We gotta save the party tonight!"), but at the same time, it's equally hard to not get a kick out of such a fun, rockin' track which is clearly the album's highlight. Kick is another of those songs that reeks of cheesy lyrics and plenty of gang vocals before the Def Leppard feel of the rock ballad Rough Love (Tender Heart) shows a slightly more sedate side to the band.
Deeper's straight up rock vibe could almost be considered serious compared to the absolute absurdity of the pointless ballad Juicy Lucy - accept that this song is five minutes of your life you won't get back and just move on. The fun factor continues with the up beat Too Slow Above and for something completely different, the last two tracks, Deliverance and Opus Suite, are rock instrumentals that give Bomb and Boss more space than outback Australia to show off their axe skills.
There's no doubt that these guys know how to party just as much as they know how to rock. Don't take this album too seriously and enjoy it for what it is - it's not perfect but for the most part, it's a hell of a lot of fun - and your guests will thank you for it. Crank this one up to 11!
(Black Lotus Records/Riot! Distribution)