HARDCORE SUPERSTAR

(SWEDEN)

ABRAKADABRA

(2022)
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AUTRE LABEL

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HARD ROCK

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Easy-Listening, Happy, High-pitched vocals, Old School, Punk, Rasping vocals
"Successful return to the roots for Hardcore Superstar which finds the magic formula with this "Abrakadabra" in balance between anger and melody."
LOLOCELTIC (06.06.2022)  
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If "You Can't Kill My Rock'n'Roll" had skillfully redress the situation after the commercial mistakes of its predecessor, it had nevertheless left the die-hards of the uncompromising sleaze of Hardcore Superstar's beginnings dubious. The return of Johan Reiven to the production, seventeen years after the eponymous album of 2005, has something to reassure them, as well as its cover, largely inspired by the one of this legendary opus.

Those who wished the return of the raw and angry energy of the origins of the Gothenburg gang should find their happiness in this "Abrakadabra" which seems to have found the magic formula of the origins. This rage can be found almost everywhere in the ten tracks of this opus, starting with the lyrics that scratch some categories of people too superficial to be spared ('Influencer'). Even the power-ballad 'Fighter' closes the festivities by presenting the bellicose character of its authors.

An angry album then, not hesitating to show a scathing velocity by putting the foot on the gas pedal ('Catch Me If You Can'). The Swedes remain melodic and they distil the federative and catchy refrains  ('Forever And A Day', 'One For All'). It's a pity nevertheless that the production is sometimes too root and compresses the sound of the guitar by taking away some of its efficiency. But this doesn't prevent 'Weep When You Die' from crushing everything in its path, just like 'Dreams In Red', which is more worked but flirting with the borders of thrash and... hardcore.

Successful return to the roots for Hardcore Superstar which finds the magic formula with this "Abrakadabra" in balance between anger and melody. Propelled by a reinforced concrete rhythmic, Vic Zino's swift and scathing guitar and Jocke Berg's fierce vocals tear apart any form of resistance and awaken our instincts, both demanding and festive. Here is a new series of tracks that will probably set the pit on fire during the band's next tours...
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Abrakadabra - 5:38
02. Influencer - 3:02
03. Forever And A Day - 4:06
04. Weep When You Die - 3:32
05. Give Me A Smile - 3:03
06. Catch Me If You Can - 3:34
07. One For All - 3:48
08. Dreams In Red - 3:45
09. Throw A Brick - 4:14
10. Fighter - 3:56

LINEUP:
Adde Andreasson: Batterie
Jocke Berg: Chant
Martin Sandvik: Basse
Vic Zino: Guitares
   
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