Black Lodge Records 2011
From the country that brought us ABBA comes hard rock/heavy metal act Bullet. Highway Pirates is album number three for vocalist Dag Hell Hofer and company. With song titles like "Stay Wild", "Blood Run Hot" and "Heavy Metal Dynamite" you should already have a pretty good idea at what your looking at here. Given the fact that Holfer sounds like a cross between Bon Scott and Udo it's no surprise that the rest of the band would follow suite. Get some AC/DC, mix it with Accept and toss in some hard rock circa mid eighties (Judas Priest/Scorpions and The Cult will do) and you've got Bullet. Now if your like me and "Shake Your Foundations" was a battle cry then tracks like "Back On The Road" will make you want to break out your denim jacket and ripped up jeans. If your tastes are a little more highbrow then a band that has the word "dynamite" in two song titles will probably make you cringe. I don't know what it is but this album reminds me of the 7th grade when "Highway To Hell" was still the most evil album I'd ever heard. It takes me back to hanging out with my friends at our local amusement park, trying to get older kids to buy us beer and failing miserably to pick up girls. It has that rustic charm and as long as there are still guys like me (and a shout out to my friend Tim who will love this album) who still embrace old fashioned hard rock then groups like Bullet will find their niche.
Do yourself a favor and crack open a cold one and blast "Into The Night" for old times sake. It will be good for you.