Bullet Train Blast - 'Shake Rattle Racing'

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Bullet Train Blast - 'Shake Rattle Racing'

An album I found energetic, powerful and damn enjoyable.

Last issue* I reviewed the debut album by We Are Harlot  (click HERE to read the review) – any of you regular readers who may have took a shine to that particular album would definitely appreciate what Bullet Train Blast have to offer.

'Shake Rattle Racing' is actually album number three from the quintet from Aarhus, Denmark and follows their 2009 debut 'Second Chance' and 2012's well-received 'Nothing Remains'. While thinking about current Danish bands it dawned on me that BTB's sound certainly bears references to their Denmark counterparts Volbeat and Supercharger.

The big choruses and harmonies aren't quite as blatantly obvious as those on the aforementioned WAH release. But very much in evidence they certainly are, as Bullet Train Blast shake rattle and race through a slew of gritty, hard-riffing, adrenaline-fuelled, groove-orientated Hard Rock/Metal anthems, with occasional Punky attitude and aggressiveness slicing through an abundance of fiery, yet catchy as hell, songs.



It's as contemporary sounding as the likes of the Foo Fighters come yet incorporates the odd Southern Rock riff or Bluesy lick here and there. They come across like a heavier Black Stone Cherry, no more so than on 'Broken', 'When Fools Rise' and the title track that opens the album.

Elsewhere 'Head Above Water' is all AC/DC style riffage, the abrasive riff and groove of 'Game Over' hints at a more commercial Alter Bridge, the fast and furious 'Oh Desire' is a hit single in the making and 'The Fighter' has a riff that Zakk Wylde would happily adopt as one of his own.

The foot comes off the gas a little for the album's two classy ballads, 'Right Reasons' and 'I Think I'll Stay', which both appear in the first half of the album and let the second half build to a pounding climax.

'Shake Rattle Racing' is an album I found energetic, powerful and damn enjoyable.

Ant Heeks

(* Fireworks Magazine #69)

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