Label: Nuclear Blast
Release date: Sept. 14, 2012 (EU), Sept. 25, 2012 (NA)
Strap into your time machine, because Swedish hard rock quintet, Bullet is going to drag you back into that late 70s early 80s era of classic dirty rock ‘n roll before the glitz and glam of Los Angeles diluted its purity. And cranking up Bullet‘s debut Nuclear Blast album Full Pull, two bands will immediately come to mind: AC/DC and Accept.
Full Pull marks the band’s fourth album, but with a real record label behind them. A jolt of adrenaline and attitude the guys have committed to record their best album yet. The line-up, which includes vocalist Hell Hofer, drummer Gustav Hjortsjö, bassist Adam Hector and guitarists Hampus Klang and Erik Almström, left their blood in the grooves of this album.
While much of America turned its back on classic boogie-raunch rock ‘n roll when grunge came along, Europe, and in particular Sweden, kept it alive. Full Pull is a solid slab of the old-school riff and howl that we have been missing since the likes of Back in Black and Balls to the Wall.
Songs like the album opener “Midnight Oil”, and tracks like “All Fired Up”, “In The Heat”, and the title track all share that headbanging, toe-tapping, anthemic riffage, so reminiscent of the Young brothers. The drumming makes you want to twirl your air-sticks while the hooks and melodies plant a permanent grin on your face.
Hofer is certainly no Bon Scott, Brian Johnson, or Udo Dirkschneider, but his howl and scream vocals recall those heroes, and he more than adequately gets the job done.
“Running Away” contains more of an Accept vibe: A radio friendly rocker with a Stallone size left-hook of a chorus.
Most of the album’s 11 tracks fall in right around 2-3 minutes. “Rolling Home” is the six-minute exception, and again taps into that early Udo-era signature.
Throughout the 38-minutes of Full Pull listeners will get a dose of memorable, old school rock and roll. There’s nothing new here, and in fact that is the simple pleasure of what Bullet has created. The guys get back to the basics making hard-edged, no frills, feel good rock without pretense. Love it for what it is and enjoy it for what it’s not.