Hardcore Superstar - Dreamin' In a Casket

Dreamin' In A Casket is the sixth album from Swedish band Hardcore Superstar, the band (once described by Lemmy as the greatest live band he'd ever seen!) have gone from strength to strength with previous releases. Each album seemed to have a slightly distinctive style and the band sounded better and better every time. Their last self titled album however was a huge leap forward and was by far the best of their career and was also, hands down, one of the best albums released in 2005. The songs literally exploded from the speakers and stayed in your head for a long time after the end of the cd, it demanded to be heard again and again. Still now, a full 2 years after its release I listen to it at least once a week and it always sounds fresh, so to say I was looking forward to this album is an understatement. However, I was also a little unsure about hearing it, would they be able to deliver something as immense as the last one? Could they possibly match its intensity? Would they once again take a subtle change in style and move away from the sound of that album? The only way I could get answers to these questions was to just play the damn thing…

Opening once more with a mood building keyboard intro that is the calm before the storm to follow, it instantly reminds you of their previous album and one listen to the first track, "Need No Company" shows beyond doubt that they've elected to continue on with the style and sound where they left off. Throughout the album you're constantly aware that it's still all about the heavy riffs and massive choruses. The riffs are once more huge and would not be out of place on a late 80's/early 90's thrash album. The song "Dreamin' In A Casket" itself opens with guitar work that reminds me of Megadeth at their peak before breaking down into an old school Guns n' Roses vibe, slowing again slightly into a chorus that you'll be singing for months. "Sophisticated Ladies" opens and closes with the old favourite of a sample of a woman reaching orgasm and has an absolutely huge chorus, this will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end when played live. A special mention has to be made regarding Adde's drumming, it sounds immense! This guy plays his heart out every time and the production shows his skills on the kit to their full extent. "Spreadin' the News" has a bass sound that reminds me of New York thrashers Overkill and is another in your face classic track. "Sensitive To the Light" begins like 'Roots Bloody Roots' by Sepultura yet somehow the guys make all these thrash style riffs work perfectly in a dirty sleazy style. The vocals take a different approach on "A Lesson In Violence" with a slight feeling of Axl Rose in his darker moods about them. "Sorry For The Shape I'm In" recycles the riff from 'She's Offbeat' on the last album although the song itself is very different. The album closes with "No Resistance", another statement of intent that once more shows that the band are at the top of their game and ends with a long drawn out outro. The whole album just proves once more that when they're on form such as this, to put it simply... no-one can touch them!

Once again Hardcore Superstar have proven themselves to be one of the best bands around at the moment and have delivered another solid album that consistently delivers the goods. The album does lack a stand-out track such as 'My Good Reputation' from their previous effort, which is why I haven't given it the full 10 out of 10, despite this though it's another triumph. Whilst not the huge leap forward that the last album was, this will continue to propel them forward and grab a bigger fanbase. Simply superb!

9.5/10

by John Baxter

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