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Hardcore Superstar - ST - 2005 - Gain Records

Track Listing
Kick On The Upperclass
Bag On Your Head
Last Forever
Shes Offbeat
We Dont Celebrate Sundays
Hateful
Wild Boys
My Good Reputation
Cry Your Eyes Out
Simple Man
Blood On Me
Standin On The Verge
Many of the old guard hair metal bands from the 80s are still kicking about over twenty years later showing up on reality TV and occasionally hitting the smaller venues to draw out the fans who view that musical period with nostalgia and relevance. Some of those bands are still putting out sporadic records, but the fire of youthful exuberance is expectedly quite quenched and the fans that are hoping for a return to radio rule and video dominance are sure to be letdown by their wishful thinking.

Coming from the Gothenburg home of melodic death/thrash metal, Sweden's Hardcore Superstar may look like a gypsy-goth, cast-off collection of Motley Crue, Aerosmith and L.A. Guns, but their chops are apparent as catchy riffs and shout choruses cascade through "Kick On The Upperclass", "She's Offbeat", "Wild Boys", the infectious "We Don't Celebrate Sunday's" and the politically incorrect "Bag on your Head". Other than some vacuous lyrical content there's a lot of attitude and fun on "Hardcore Superstar" which also includes the introspective tune and the stalwart power ballad.

Party rock continues to live on, but to better locate the sleazy glam that spilled into our living rooms so abundantly decades ago, we must open our ears to farther vistas than the Sunset Strip. Europe's hard rock revival is currently a great place to start.


Rating: 4 of 5


--Nailer 07.06.07
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

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.

Note: Reviews are graded from 0-5, anything higher or not showing is from our old style. Scores, however, do not reveal the important features. The written review that accompanies the ratings is the best source of information regarding the music on our site. Reviewing is opinionated, not a qualitative science, so scores are personal to the reviewer and could reflect anything from being technically brilliant to gloriously cheesy fun.

Demos and independent releases get some slack since the bands are often spent broke supporting themselves and trying to improve. Major releases usually have big financial backing, so they may be judged by a heavier hand. All scores can be eventually adjusted up or down by comparison of subsequent releases by the same band. We attempt to keep biases out of reviews and be advocates of the consumer without the undo influence of any band, label, management, promoter, etc.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: HARDCORE SUPERSTAR
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DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Dreamin in a CasketHardcore Superstar
2007
JP4/4/2008
S/THardcore Superstar
2005
Frank Hill7/6/2007


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: HARDCORE SUPERSTAR
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Split Your LipHardcore Superstar
2010
Frank Hill1/7/2011


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