With a name like Hard Action, it isn’t hard to see what’s on offer here; simple, modern hard rock with a bit of a punk rock touch. Releasing their debut full length ‘Sinister Vibes’, this 12th June, everything about Hard Action is easy on the ears and the music is nostalgic.
As I write this, I have already listened to the album a half a dozen times, and it just doesn’t get old. Right from the opening marketed debut single ‘Dead Dogs’, the sound is bang on. With innovative riffs, and fast paced song structures, everything on offer here reminds me of AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses and Airbourne; mostly the last band due to the modern sound.
Besides the grungy vocals, the constant guitar strumming is what forms the base of the sound here and the guitarists occasionally chip in a passage of solos, all in good pace. ‘Cut To The Bone’ brings some insane speed to the sound as the band mixed aesthic melody along with the heaviness, creating a unique hard rock sound not heard in recent times. The thick sludgy nasty guitar sound can be best felt in songs like ‘Night Moves’ which makes the sound timeless.
What Hard Action has achieved here is, it takes the 1970’s rock and late-70’s punk rock and give it a proper modern hard rock meets stoner metal touch, thus allowing the aforementioned unique sound to florish like never before. There is a subtleness in the sound too in songs like ‘Deadweight (Cut Me Loose)’ due to the carefully woven guitar strumming which makes it all the more interesting.
The songs are catchy as fuck like as felt in ‘Sinister Vibes’; the lyrics ooze out 80s catchy lyrical style. The album ends with another killer song in ‘No Lesson Learned’ as the band manages keep the sound innovative and interesting all the way through.
With layers of fuzz, distortion and loads of energy, Hard Action manages to blend in multiple sub genres to create a near masterpiece for old school connoisseurs, and have surely struck bulls eye. This band should be taken note of with their debut full length. Though Airbourne did bring hard rock to masses with their 2010 album ‘No Guts No Glory’ and then again repeated the feat with their 2013 album, Hard Action has achieved in reviving the entire hard rock genre again with this album. Though this album has its share of mistakes, these Finnish boys have achieved the near impossible with their debut record.