I am head-banging of happiness. Rock is back in my life …finally! Not that ever left, but I was missing a bit of rough stubborn loud guitars and rough yelling voices in my every day life and now to double the joy, I just got the last new released album of AC/DC. Yeah!
Black Ice is actually a very red and hot come back of one of the greatest bands of Rock ‘n’ Roll; this album sounds as a confirmation, for Rock is the DNA of these five guys and they are full committed with their sound and their style, which by the way, is the most solid and coolest ever; it is pure dirty Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Lately I’ve been hearing a lot the sentence “nothing new” about bands and music, and every time I wonder what were they expecting. To me that sounds pretty much the same as when someone sees a painting, like those Pollock’s style of color shower on canvas and then a “smartie” says: “anyone could do it”. I wonder if so, why they don’t do it then. It seems common to get this kind of comments saying “why don’t you do other thing” instead of this which is not what I! want. Kind of twisted, I believe. There are people around saying similar comments about bands that don’t change their style, this is an additional reason for me to love this album because it is an emblem to Rock ‘n’ Roll. AC/DC haven’t changed their style at all and now they even have had the nerve to do this Black Ice album, starting with the shameless youthful “Runaway Train” with Johnson singing rough as always “One hot ringin’ bell, old school rebel, a ten for the revelry.” This album is full of life, hormones, stubbornness, strength; all tremendous Rock ‘n’ Roll!
AC/DC has comeback with Black Ice after eight years of silence; they are coming back totally honest to themselves and their music, no shameful mistakes introducing the “solve it all” medicine of Hip Hop or the popular temptation of electronic music. They sure are eternal school boys, singing adrenalinic lyrics, almost all in their 60s, they are more in their 3 times 20s, with no regrets, with no dull thoughtful sermons from the distant land of ‘maturity’, AC/DC come-rolling-back on decibel boards. They say: “Come on and blow your mind, you’re out of time, beat your chest, join in like all the rest,” I’m totally having fun with these guys.
Black Ice global launch was around the third week of last October, already it has reached number one in more than 29 countries and the sells are already over the two million copies, this is one hell of a comeback.
The album is full of great songs ready to become classics. The Young brothers super hot guitars, Angus’ riffs all the way and their ardent lyrics for the love of Rock ‘n’ Roll; strong spells to jump on the top of the couch, the desk, the speakers, the roof!, with your invisible guitar ON and rocking as hard as your heart can. Williams and Rudd’s strong beats are the soundness vehicle bringing back the black to today. Brian Johnson’s burning howls, powerful as always conjuring the spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll and the very well chosen touch of Brendan O’Brian for producing the album. Black Ice is an emphatic, striking ode to Rock ‘n’ Roll.
What others are saying about it:
“It’s good to know that unlike other maturing rock stars, AC/DC makes age look like its prisoner. Perhaps it’s because the band doesn’t cater to pretension or coolness (it never did), preferring to focus on rocking out and melting faces with guitar solos.” – Southtonwstar
“There are even a couple of subtle and rather successful deviations from the formula: ‘Anything Goes’ has a sprightly, if still riff-heavy, FM-radio bounce to it, and is catchy as hell; while ‘Rock N’ Roll Dream’ (the word “rock” appears in no less than four song titles) is a ballad that recalls the Who in its yearning for the simple, unsophisticated pleasures that rock itself is ultimately all about.” – Telegraph
“So what can fans expect from “Black Ice”? The 15 hook-heavy songs harken back to AC/DC’s classic ’70s sound: interlocking guitars, crashing drums, relentless bass. Still, Williams says they didn’t consciously try to return to that “Back in Black” vibe. They just wanted to make some great music. “It was just our all-around attitude in playing,” he says. And if the song titles are any indication, the album will make rock-‘n’-roll fans happy. Four of the titles have the word “rock” in them. Subtle? Of course not. But Williams says there’s truth in advertising there. “At least you know what you’re getting,” he says and laughs.” – News-press
“You couldn’t ask for a more badass bunch of Jeremiahs, though. Aided by Brendan O’Brien’s loud-and-clear production, the gleaming, Def Leppard–catchy “Anything Goes” will have stadiums slobbering. Smart strippers have already called dibs on “Big Jack” and “Rocking All the Way.” And when the Youngs (combined age: 108) lock horns on the hooky “She Likes Rock’n’Roll,” they expose all their ax mimics — i.e., everyone from Buckcherry to Montgomery Gentry — as mere schoolboys in knee pants.” – Spin
“That act and the music that goes with it — more than a dozen studio albums of strict blues-riff grammar, lewd vocal snarl and bull-elephant charge — have made AC/DC one of the biggest bands in the world. Their 1980 album, Back in Black, has sold 22 million copies in the U.S. alone. Over the past two years, AC/DC are second only to the Beatles in U.S. catalog sales, and they’ve sold a combined 23 million albums and DVDs worldwide since 2003, when the band moved from its longtime label, Atlantic, to Sony Music. And AC/DC’s new Columbia album, Black Ice, their first studio release in eight years, is poised to be the bestselling rock album of 2008. Advance shipments by Wal-Mart, the album’s exclusive retail outlet, to its stores reportedly totaled 2.5 million copies.” – Rolling Stone