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Bullet Train Blast
Shake Rattle Racing

Company: Mighty Music
Release: 2015
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Eric Compton

  • Strong hooks and bluesy licks

  • Mighty Music, a subsidiary of Target, continues to dive and delve for quality hard rock and heavy metal. After recent acquisitions of Mike Tramp, Sea and Saint Rebel, the label backs another stout effort from native Danish band Bullet Train Blast. This album follows the successful 'Nothing Remains' release, a record that saw the band reach prominence with a 13th place on the Danish charts. The group utilize two new members on this offering, Jakob Ellerup (bass) and Henrik Jacobsen (guitar), two placements that may have elevated the band's "groovy" presentation and Southern-fried flavor. Vocalist Martin Larsen still shows off his vocal tenacity, almost a dead ringer for Bang Tango's Joe Leste. With solid production from powerhouse producer Tue Madsen, 'Shake Rattle Racing' absolutely floors it to the finish with strong hooks and bluesy licks. Think Black Stone Cherry meets Van Halen...just like the sticker says.

    About this Writer:
    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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