(8/10) This album is just good. Compared to the new Backyard Babies album "Blackout state" kicks ass. Michael Monroe, singer of the legendary Hanoi Rocks, puts again so much passion into each of the 13 songs that even your greyest days become sunny again. This mixture of rock, hardrock and punk is so tasty that you can't get enough. It almost makes you addicted.
Already the first notes of the opener "This ain't no love song" blow away all bad thoughts. You just want to start a party - right here, right now.
"Old King's road" is the next well-crafted 70's rocker before "Goin down with the ship" is probabaly the best way to drown.
The title track is a midpace smasher that has a great melody and again 70's vibe. "Good old bad days" shakes you up and "Six feet in the ground" has, looking on the title, a surpringly positive vibe.
One of the songs I like most is simply called "R". Punkrock takes over and you feel pushed back in the times when The Ramones have had their peak. This song is dirty and mean punkrock; authentic and real.
Michael Monroe knows how to write cool hardrock songs and he proves that age doesn't matter in rock'n'roll. Passion and dedication rules and this is what you get served with "Blackout state". This album isn't a blackout; this disc is a full functioning power station. Cool stuff that is made for the stage.
- This ain't no love song
- Old King's road
- Goin' down with the ship
- Keep your eye on you
- The bastard's bash
- Good old bad days
- Blackout state
- Under the Northern lights
- Permanent youth
- Dead hearts on Denmark street
- Six feet in the ground
- Walk away
Label: Spinefarm Records
Release Date EU: October 9th, 2915