Airbourne, ‘No Guts. No Glory.’ (Roadrunner)
On their second album, these Aussie hard rockers are exactly one schoolboy outfit away from being an AC/DC cover band. Frontman Joel O’Keefe has perfected Bon Scott’s pinched howl, and the songs themselves pile up chunky riffs over a leaden imitation of AC/DC’s signature boogie-woogie backbeat. As if that’s not enough, the lyrics (“As long as you’re alive and we’re alive / Rock’n’roll will never die!”) and song titles (“Born To Kill,” “Overdrive,” “Back On The Bottle”) also have that haven’t-we-been-here-before feel. Originality may be overrated, but this is ridiculous.