Airbourne – ‘No Guts No Glory’ (Roadrunner Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Johnny H   
Friday, 12 March 2010 07:00

No_Guts_No_GloryIt's confession time right here on Über Röck, you see it took me absolutely ages to get into Airbourne's first album 'Running Wild' when it first hit the UK back 2007. But a couple of sweaty club shows (one upstairs in a West Country pub) later and I was hooked by the high-octane boogie riffola machine.


With a couple of years continuous ball breaking hard work behind them Airbourne are now set to conquer the world, building on the success of that aforementioned debut. 


And so along comes album number two the Johnny K (Machine Head, Disturbed) produced 'No Guts No Glory'. And you know what? I'm having the same trouble with this album as I did with the first, albeit with one small difference this time around. Where as on the debut I could hear the influence of other bands like Judas Priest and Krokus creeping into Airbourne's sound, on 'No Guts No Glory' all I can hear is AC/DC, and it's 'Flick Of The Switch/Fly On The Wall' era AC/DC at that.


But let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet, this is by no means a bad album, far from it in fact. The mix from Mike Fraser (AC/DC and Aerosmith) is bang on the button and as tight as a band could wish for. And on the album's lead single 'No Way But The Hard Way' you have the perfect pick me up for your shit day way at work, just close your eyes and live the dream. In fact most tracks seem to have that "fuck you" attitude from album opener 'Born To Kill' (with its 'Tequila Mockingbird Track 1' intro) through to working class anthem 'Steel Town' you get the feeling this a band proud of where they have come from and know exactly where they are going. So by the time you hit the album's closing track 'Back On The Bottle' you can't help but feel like you are the band's new best mate pissed up in a bar buying them all a beer.


Having had around a dozen full listens to the album, my biggest issue with 'No Guts No Glory' is it seems a little 'by numbers' at times and tracks do tend to meld into one feel good riff after another, but whilst saying that you then get tracks like 'Bottom Of The Well' and 'Armed And Dangerous' that pop up mid and late album and give you a firm kick in the bollocks with their steadfast wall of rock sound.


If you pick up the Special Edition of 'No Guts No Glory' you get an extra five tracks (making it an amazing head banger's neck inducing eighteen tracks in total) all housed in a very smart digipack, giving you great value for money if you are like me and still prefer you music to be physical as opposed to digital.


With a UK tour just around the corner, that sees Airbourne moving to theatre size venue for the first time across the country, I'll be very interested in seeing how the 'No Guts No Glory' tracks play out in that environment, but for now I'm back where I was with the band's debut.


Fuck it, you know for once I'm going to ask you to go out and buy it and decide for yourselves, as I'll be here for a while yet making my mind up.