Release Date: Apr 20, 2010
Record label: Roadrunner
Why fix what isn’t broke? It’s much of the same from Australia’s Airbourne, but why fix what isn’t broke? Not that this formula is actually theirs to fix, but at least there are some enthusiastic musicians available should anything happen to AC/DC’s line-up in the future. Although not original at all, ‘No Guts. No Glory’ is another strong, balls-out full-length from the brothers O’Keeffe and co.
No Guts. No Glory. is the most consistent AC/DC album in the 30 years since Back in Black. It's not actually by AC/DC, of course, but so perfect is Airbourne's recreation of their Australian forefathers' modus operandi that you'd never know the difference. It's a little bit faster at times, and ….
For every fan of cutting edge music, there are dozens and dozens of the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mindset. “The hell with innovation and new ideas in modern music, just give us some simple, catchy, heavy rock ‘n’ roll that’s about riffs, shout-along choruses, gigantic hooks, and most of all, having a good time.” Just how starved was the world for this kind of music two years ago? Take a look at the sales of AC/DC’s Black Ice. In an industry that’s been plagued by sagging album sales, the mighty Aussies have sold well over six million copies worldwide so far, playing to sold-out football stadiums everywhere they go.
Take a look around the hard rock landscape ever since the early '90s, and there has been an unmistakable lack of "manly metal bands." But with the emergence of acts like Airbourne, the aforementioned genre has certainly been given new life. All you need for proof is to inspect the front cover of the group's 2010 effort, No Guts. No Glory., which features beefcake lead singer/guitarist Joel O'Keeffe shirtless, muscles bulging, screaming, fist clenched, with Gibson Explorer held high, and of course, the obligatory scantily clad babe (among doodles of a roaring Mack Truck, a tornado, etc.).
Hard-rocking Aussies deliver a second album of aural Prozac for the 21st century. Greg Moffitt 2010. The hotly-anticipated follow-up to Airbourne’s barnstorming 2007 debut does not disappoint. It should also come as no surprise to anyone that No Guts. No Glory. is Runnin’ Wild part two. After ….