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A portion of sound that is nothing but massive indeed.

With Rock bands hailing from the Land Down Under there must be something in the proverbial water. Whether we think of classics such as AC/DC and Rose Tattoo, or newer acts like Airbourne, the main feature all of them seem to share is the imponderable energy behind their act and the characteristic rough, gritty sound. This year has brought us another portion of Aussie music like this, as the Melbourne-based quartet Massive returns with their trademark raw power captured in a finite number of ten songs. They haven't changed much from their 'Full Throttle' days, so to speak.

After the release of the aforesaid debut, Massive shared the stage with their label mates Blackberry Smoke. Although the Land Of Oz and the Deep South don't seem that much alike, there's enough of the American Blues circulating in the blood system of the Aussie outfit to put them on the same stage as Southern Rock acts. 'Destination Somewhere' is clear proof of this from the very opening – the bass-laden, dynamic piece 'One For The Road' for example.

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Further into the album, the four-piece have no intention to slow down their streak through that American-flavoured, energy-driven sound they're so eager to explore. In their songs the pure energy of AC/DC blends with Motörhead-esque nonchalance, all soaked with a contemporary Bluesy vibe against cascades of blazing guitar licks. A skilful listener will be also able to pick up other influences, as within the slow, lumbering verses of 'The Fall' that is so dangerously close to the aesthetics pursued by no one else but Tony Iommi and the pack. Occasionally, the band gets a bit more mellow as well ('Made Of Stone' or particularly the great ballad-ish and Bluesy track 'Beaten Dog').

Many bands, from Australia and beyond, have tried to recapture the raw power of AC/DC but failed miserably, dismissed as nothing more but the copycats of Angus Young and his gang. Massive, however, are not interested in cheap imitation of their homeland's greatest. Instead, they reveal a rich variety of influences – both classic and modern – on their second album, all complemented by feisty performances and instrumental skilfulness. A portion of sound that is nothing but massive indeed, 'Destination Somewhere' proves their band name wasn't an accidental choice. And whatever the titular destination of this group is, be sure you'll love every second of the journey towards it.

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