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Hardcore Superstar

In January 2008 when Hardcore Superstar (HCSS) announced the departure of guitarist Thomas Silver and their new relationship with Nuclear Blast Records I really thought that was the end of the band as they were. However Crazy Lixx guitarist Vik  Zino slot straight in as a temporary measure and then soon became a permanent fixture within the group.

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With the forthcoming release of their tenth album the band have embarked on their “When We Touch The Sky Tour” across England, their home country Sweden, Finland and Germany. Tonight they are playing in the intimate venue of Manchester Club Academy, the room wasn’t particularly full and the few that were there were dotted about watching the support acts from afar.

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As the stage was set up for HCSS the crowd gathered closer, and soon bassist Martin Sandvik, guitarist Vik Zino and drummer Adde entered and started up with the intro to a classic, “We don’t Celebrate Sunday’s anymore” singer Jocke Berge burst onto the stage in an energetic frenzy straight into the lyrics. The crowd going wild, screaming every word back at them, tonight the room was filled with some diehard fans. Next up were two tracks from the new self titled album, “The Cemetery” and “Off with their heads” both going down a storm with the crowd.

Hardcore Superstar

Next up was another oldie which Jocke (after slating the press) dedicated directly to the fans, “My Good Reputation” brought a real energy to the room before taking it up a notch with another new track “Touch the Sky”. The crowd really soaked up all the new material, it was as if they had been out for years, each one with potential to become a great HCSS classic.

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The band threw two more favourites into the mix with “Dreaming in a Casket” and the crowd pleasing rock ‘n’ roll party anthem “Wildboys.” The room went mental, jumping, dancing and just plain old rockin’ out to these HCSS favourites.

Things slowed down a bit with the anthemic and melodic new track “Fly” Jocke oozed with passion and his vocal skills were on top form tonight. As the track ended, Jocke introduced the bands tour manager “the 8ft giant” Rikk to the stage, with him he brought a tray displayed with shots of Jaegermeister for the band. They toasted the crowd and knocked them back before kicking into “Last Call for Alcohol.” The band finished with a track from the new album “Party Gone”  everyone went wild and Jocke burst into the crowd for about the fifth time, soaking in all the energy and love from them, before exiting the stage and leaving the crowd gagging for more.

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The lights stayed dimmed so everyone chanted and screamed for them to come back and play more. They soon returned and dived into the new single “Don’t Mean Shit” with a great guitar solo from Vik, it was great to see the band get back to their punk rock n roll roots with this track.

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Next was “Moonshine,” another oldie from the Split your Lip album before the band finished up the night with one of everyones favourites “Above the Law.” After all the band members had handed out their plectrums and shook as many of the audiences hands as they could, they all took centre stage for their final bow.

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Although initially feeling a little bit sceptical about the gig and the new material, Hardcore Superstar soon proved that they are one of the hardest rockin’ bands out there, and although they may have lost their way a little bit a few years earlier, they are now very much back with vengeance.

Hardcore Superstar

One Response to “Hardcore Superstar at Club Academy, Manchester, UK – 14th March 2015”

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