Album Review: Bullets And Octane – Bullets And Octane
The third album from Bullets And Octane is better than the last … but does it cut it?
The 4th official release from Bullets and Octane steps up the gear a little bit from their previous effort on Ares Records (home town label). Its release has gone under the radar too.
I was not a fan of ‘Song for the Underdog’. To this day, I still don’t get it. However, this self titled release aims to claw back their finest hour when they unleashed “In The Mouth of the Young” on the world.
So, about the music huh? Thats the important bit. Opener ‘Never Going Down’ is the Bullets’ I’ve missed – bouncy, noisy opener. ‘Bang’ – a hard hitting mosh number. The rest of the album follows a similar tone. “The Underground” steps it down a bit (thankfully not to the extent of SFTU – Bullets have banned the ballads, thankfully).
My favourite song, by far is the last track “Skull” … ‘now its time to see inside your skull’ may not be the most inventive of lyrics but its a good little stomper to end the album on.
Verdict. Well, it doesn’t blow. Thankfully they’re back on track to creating good hard hitting music again. However, its working progress. As a live band, they’re sublime – but what worked for them was whiskey soaked sleaze vocals and heaps of absinthe. We await album number 5.
1. Never Going Down
5. Dark Hour
6. Devil on the Radio
7. Black Painting
8. It’s a Cemetery Song
9. The Underground