AIRBOURNE – Runnin’ Wild

AIRBOURNE - Runnin' Wild
  • 9/10
    AIRBOURNE - Runnin' Wild - 9/10


Release date: January 28, 2008

User Review
10/10 (1 vote)

A new band from Australia. Nice. But, what do they sound like? Well, what do you think? AC/DC? Rose Tattoo? Right – exactly like that! Take fifty percent of each, and a rejuvenation, and you have Airbourne!

Runnin’ Wild is the debut album of the Melbourne four piece, and they have toured already with Mötley Crüe and the Rolling Stones, and now they have embarked on a new tour to kick the world’s ass. With the songs encountered on this album, the world is in for a rough ride! The AC/DC-like beginning of “Stand Up For Rock n’ Roll“ shows the direction, and the little similarities in song structure to “Thunderstruck“ are surely not done by accident. Oh, and by the way, the sound is the almost the same, too, and if ever Brian would step down as singer of AC/DC, the band has someone who may be worth contacting. Cool riffs and driving rhythms, great melodies and a hard rockin’ attitude, straight music for straight people with typical rock, sex, and booze lyrics –- put this in your car, and take no responsibility for what will happen next!

The album contains 11 songs, which includes not a single weak composition. Even extremely simple mid-tempo rockers like “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast,“ “Fat City,“ and “Cheap Wine And Cheaper Women“ manage to catch your ear, although cool up-tempo hitters like “Diamonds In The Rough,“ “Blackjack,“ “Girls In Black,“ “Heartbreaker,“ and “Hellfire“ just hit you harder. Only “What’s Eating You“ sounds a bit too simple because the guitar section is too laid back –- a lot like several tracks from the last few AC/DC albums.

This is 36 minutes of the best Hard Rock ‘n’ Roll you’ll have been able to enjoy in a long time. Everybody is talking about AC/DC and wondering if they are going to enter the studio again soon -– well, they better be, or Airbourne will not show respect and push them off their pedestal.

There is nothing more to be said. This is the album you need to get if you:

– like straight, good Rock
– wanna annoy the neighbors this summer
– like to party
– can’t wait for the next AC/DC album
– can’t wait for the next Rose Tattoo album
– can’t wait for the next Krokus album
– are a Metal fan.

Yes, it is that simple!

P.S.: Why not the high score then? Come on, guys, time for a reality check –- it is such a blatant rip off, regardless how well done it is -– it would be an insult to Back In Black, Headhunter, or Assault And Battery to give it a 10.


  • Frank Jaeger

    Frank was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, based out of Bavaria, Germany. He has worked in the games industry for more than 20 years, now on the manufacturing side, before on the publishing end. Before this, he edited and handled the layout for a city mag in northern Germany ... maybe that is why he love being part of anything published. Frank got hooked on Metal at the age of 14 when a friend introduced him to AC/DC. They were listening to The Beatles, Madness, and The Police, and he decided they should move on. Well, they did, Back in Black became Frank's first Metal album, and since Germany is reasonably close to England, they had some small New Waves Of British Heavy Metal washing up on their shores: Tygers Of Pan Tang, Samson, Gillan, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Sweet Savage, Diamond Head, etc. If he had to pick his favorite styles, Prog and Power Metal would be at the top of the list.

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