Album Review: Chuck Norris Experiment – “Chück Me”
It’s been a rough few years for the once mighty genre of Swedish rock ‘n’ roll. In between The Hellacopters splitting up, Hardcore Superstar still being yet to put out a record that’s better than average and Backyard Babies reforming only to drop the eternal stinkbomb that was the Four By Four album, genuinely good rock ‘n’ roll pickings from the land of the Vikings (with the honourable exception of Imperial State Electric) have been increasingly hard to come by in recent years.
Belatedly though, it looks as though someone’s finally decided to step up to save the day in the form of Chuck Norris Experiment. Although they’re hardly a new band (they’re well into their second decade of existence and this is no less than their ninth album), it’s maybe about time we started paying a bit of attention to these guys as one of the new frontrunners in the genre.
Chück Me is good lean fat free rock ‘n’ roll which gets in, says what it wants to say and gets the hell out again without outstaying its welcome. The templates are what you’d expect with nods to The Stooges (searing opener Habit To Support), Thin Lizzy (the Lynott style guitar lines on It Won’t Be Pretty), AC/DC (Piece Of Ass is pure Bon) and Turbonegro (the ferocious Bad Hombres), but they attack it with the enthusiasm of a starving dog being thrown a sirloin steak and it makes for a fun forty or so minutes.
There’s even a couple of acoustic led slower songs which surprisingly don’t upset the tempo with Long Way Back coming over all Planet Caravan era Sabbath and the closing Bastards almost being akin to one of Metallica’s more reflective moments on The Black Album. Overall, it helps with the variety and is yet more proof why Chuck Norris Experiment are definitely a band worth investigating.
Consider yourselves served notice - there's a new bunch of Swedish rock 'n' rollers in town with their eyes on Imperial State Electric's position at the top of the pile. Chück Me is a good offering from Chuck Norris Experiment, and it's made me keen to check out more of their back catalogue. If you fancy some good lean raw rock 'n' roll for your eardrums then this should suit you down to the ground.