Sound — 7
Australian hard rockers Airbourne are making a bold 2013 return with their new studio album, titled "Black Dog Barking." Airbourne have been boldly tackling the music world since 2003 with their powerful combination of screaming falsetto vocals and heavy guitar work, which was heavily distributed throughout the band's previous two studio albums. When it comes to "Black Dog Barking," the members of Airborne continue to do exactly what they have demonstrated to do best: create standout rock and roll anthems. The band doesn't fool around with new musical styles or experimental territories, as they stick to a continuous mid-paced pace built around contagious riffs and chorus chanters. Whether it's the properly chosen lead single "Live It Up," the instantly memorable "Ready To Rock," or the slightly AC/DC-esque "Firepower," you can't go wrong. Once again, Airbourne deliver a righteous collection of '80s style rock and roll songs that'll doesn't overstay it's welcome, and will leave you singing along to the choruses by the second listen.
Lyrics — 6
To say lead vocalist Joel O'Keeffe has a dynamic vocal range would be an understatement. Although it does admittedly sound a bit reaching at times, Joel reaches insanely high notes throughout the entire album. The members of Airbourne similarly provide some nostalgic group backup vocals that bear a heavy resemblance to those of Def Leppard, which helps give "Black Dog Barking" a significant classic hair metal vibe.
Overall Impression — 7
All in all, Airbourne give a continuously nostalgic performance throughout "Black Dog Barking" that any hard rock or hair metal fan would find worthwhile. The entire album is simply pulsating with top notch tracks, but a few that stand out the most are "Firepower," "Back In The Game," and "Ready To Rock."