Bullet Heading for the Top
Type: Full-length PROMO CD
Release date: April 28th, 2006
Label: Black Lodge Recording
1. Midnight Riders 04:03
2. Turn It Up Loud 03:43
3. Heading for the Top 03:00
4. Rambling Man 02:32
5. Hard Luck Lady 03:58
6. Speeding in the Night 03:33
7. One Deal with the Devil 04:53
8. Rock Steady 03:48
9. Leather Love 03:57
10. Raise Hell 02:36
11. Bang Your Head 05:12
Featuring ex-Hypnosia members, this leather-eating old-school 5-piece plays a melodic but straightforward brand of aggressive molten metal to appeal to fans of Accept, Iron Maiden and Razor, with a vocalist who sounds like the a hybrid of Udo Dirkschneider, Ron Keel and Tim Baker (Cirith Ungol).
The 80s are back!!!
Bullet are an old metallers dream, they make you cast your mind back to the early 1980s, when AC/DC, Accept, Judas Priest and Saxon were at the top of their game. There are no cheesy keyboard intros anywhere to be heard, as the album kicks in like the bikes adorning the cover, and you shift from one quality song after another. Starting off with an AC/DC style riff with what could only be described as UDOs son on vocals. Hell Hofer is very similar to the said Teutonic dude, but thats not to say he is deliberately cloned or that its forced. On the contrary, his voice is refreshing within todays shouting, screaming and growling. Throughout the CD his voice intermingles with DC style Johnston inflections to the UDO gritty gravel. Each song offers everything youd expect from 1980s heavy metal, and I mean heavy metal, no speed, thrash, death or retro style shenanigans. No song is too slow or too fast. The album does remind me of the classic Restless and Wild album quite often with the duelling guitar leads and anthemic songs. There are plenty of the clichéd song titles, like Turn It Up Loud and Bang Your Head. The songs however are not cheesy at all. Personal fave Rambling Man starts off like Burning from Accepts Breaker album with its rolling rhythm and high velocity riff. Speeding in the Night is probably the song that most people will like, as it contains numerous blistering guitar solos played by both guitarists as you can actually hear the difference in tone. The emotion and passion strikes you very hard with pulsating bass lines and great riffs in every song. The rhythm section is steady and well balanced in the mix, with each snare, bass drum and cymbal hit complimenting each other very nicely to have you tapping your feet and practising your air drums and stick twirling with a couple of pencils (dont say Im the only one who does that).
A great release.
Astonishing modern CLASSIC Heavy Metal
It seems that very few bands these days are able to pull off a successful Heavy Metal vibe, reminiscent of something from the 80s, without sounding either overtly cheesy, or straight up gay. Bullet manage to properly hone their sound to something of an amalgamation of AC/DC, Accept, Judas Priest, and Motorhead. These powerhouse influences make a recipe for awesome.
Vocalist Dag Hell Hofer (what a name eh?) sounds extremely similar to Bon Scott, or even Brian Johnson of AC/DC – along with Udo from Accept. I’ve always been a fan of these bands, and I’m sure more Heavy Metal enthusiasts agree. Really, theres not much more that can be said about them: just get that visualization of a raw sounding Heavy Metal croon on volume 11. The guitars are similar to Judas Priest, and even Motorhead. Each song is extremely catchy, with guitar riffs and original solos to boot. Not many modern Metal bands I listen to today are able to get songs stuck in my head, or are even memorable, but Bullet had me singing “Heading for the top!” in my head all day long. The only thing wrong with this release is that, much like AC/DC, the vocals can get repetitive sometimes. Lets face it, if you’ve heard one AC/DC album, you’ve heard ’em all. Its like that with Heading For The Top, too. This isn’t necessarily a BAD thing, since the vocals are pretty killer – I’m just saying, that sometimes it could get boring if you were to listen to it 12 times a day. Overall, a fantastic merit to traditional Metal, done in a modern timesetting.
If you want some great wholesome Heavy Metal with balls and guts, check out Bullet.
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than AC/DC or Airbourne.,
This is what AC/DC should have been instead of twenty Back In Black re-dos with declining vocals/lyrics each time. Bullet are a great metal/rock band in the vein of AC/DC but actually metal, with better beats, riffs, and vocals. Ac/DC are not metal, I’ll get that out of the way right now. This vocalist could put Brian Johnson to shame. Awesome lyrics, tight musicianship and a similar yet super fresh sound. Great blend of metal and hard rock. Hell yeah, Bullets going to the top!! m/m/