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Hardcore Superstar - C'Mon Take On Me

Hardcore Superstar
C'Mon Take On Me
by Tomer "Tommy-Foxx" Darmon at 25 February 2013, 12:31 PM

For the last couple years I have been following after a Swedish band that a friend from Sweden recommended me, so thank you Micke for exposing me to HARDCORE SUPERSTAR. After 8 studio albums, the band's hails with the new album "C'mon Take On Me", which was produced by Randy Staub who was in charge of productions of recent MOTLEY CRUE, METALLICA and THE CULT albums. According to the band, they recorded the songs in the summer between their gigs. The final result is twelve new tracks.

They describe their music as "Street Metal" or Sleaze Glam, yet I would say that HARDCORE SUPERSTAR brings something else than the new wave of Sleaze Glam bands out of Sweden. It's more emotional and much more melodic in the music lines but it has the roughness within the rhythms. The album starts with an instrumental intro resemble the guides of the German band HELTER SKELTER, sort of circus musical but then when the self-titled, "C'mon Take On Me", track enters I realized that they didn't change their style into something different. The breaking points on the song prove that this band has been trusting their roots – Thrash and Glam Metal.

"One More Minute" is the band's first single out of the album. I found the verses jaunty but it's obvious that a HARDCORE SUPERSTAR's chorus is an anthem and fits for a sing-along with the fans. One thing that I couldn't take my ears off is the drums marvel work by Adde Andreasson. "Above The Law" is also one of the main tracks around but for me something was missing, it's too much commercial song and too in touch with mainstream music.

"Are You Gonna Cry Now" has a pure sense of Thrash while the singing is so tight and screaming out in rage. Martin Sandvic, on bass guitar, keeps a touch base with a fine performance. "Won't Take The Blame" is a song that I found split in two halves. The first doesn't show any interest, except for the addictive chorus, the guitar solo of Vic Zino reminded me little bit of Slash's style. I didn't know what they were trying to do with the second part as there was nothing really that tacked or clicked.

"Dead Man Shoes" is one of the greatest tracks out of the album; the guitar work put interest gave it a dynamic pattern when the song got a bit of deepness. "Too Much Business" brings a pure Rock N' Roll atmosphere with a blink of Glam Rock of the 70s. HARDCORE SUPERSTAR kept on their secret weapon for the finish. "Long Time No See" is the best track, very melodic and I could really feel the sorrow in it, it's between a ballad to a heavy song and it gives you the feeling as if it was connected to your personal life. Jocke Berg starts the song so gently and then when it gets developed he sounded larger than life and succeeds to deliver the right mood of the song.

This album has some great moments and has its own pearls, I enjoyed listening to it. HARDCORE SUPERSTAR retained on the same formula on the album, you can't go wrong with them when you are going to pick this album. The things that were missing here are the elements that enhanced early albums such as "Beg For It" and "Dreamin' In A Casket". It is hard for me to put my finger on what but they caught my ears from the first moment and each song was a pearl by itself. "C'mon Take On Me" is a good album, the songs are awesome but my favorite tracks were only a few.

3 Star Rating

1. Cutting The Slack
2. C'mon Take On Me
3. One More Minute
4. Above The Law
5. Are You Gonna Cry Now
6. Stranger Of Mine
7. Won't Take The Blame  pt.1
8. Won't Take The Blame  pt.2
9. Dead Man's Shoes
10. Because Of You
11. Too Much Business
12. Long Time No See
Jocke Berg - Vocals
Vic Zino - Guitar
Martin Sandvik - Bass
Magnus "Adde" Andreasson – Drums
Record Label: Nuclear Blast Records


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