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Hardcore Superstar
Dreamin in a Casket

Company: Gain Records
Release: 2007
Reviewer: JP
Genre: Hard rock, glam, sleeze
Rating
4



  • Sounds like if 80s hair bands snorted Gold Bond powder



  • Hardcore Superstar (not to be confused with pro-wrestling's Rated R Superstar) have returned to spread more Swedish sleeze rock across the globe. It's only been 2 years since the prior self-titled release and it's largely similar with upbeat party rock loaded to the lights with rebellion, infectious riffs, and superb gang chants. "Wake up Dead in a Garbage Can" has all the exuberance of the prior CD's "We Don't Celebrate Sundays", "Sophisticated Ladies" is glammy filth and "Sorry for the Shape I'm In" has nothing to feel sorry about. It's not a misnomer to say that this time around they sound more grown-up with a tighter guitar sound and more mature lead melodies, most evident on the title track "Dreamin in a Casket", but the odd lyrics are still there making me believe that if some of the 80's hair metal bands snorted Gold Bond Medicated Powder instead of cocaine, this is the direction they would've went. If the last one was up your alley, you should enjoy the trip back on this one.

    Note: Please don't snort Gold Bond! It was a joke.


    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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    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


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