(7/10) Unusual cover, great music. That's how I sum up Junkstars new album "This Means War". Max Malmqvist, Mathias Wanneberg and Tobbe Ljungqvist founded the band back in 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden. The three guys stand for punk rock without any bells and whistles. Their music is straight to the point; loaded with a lot of energy.
"This Means War" is Junkstarts third album and it is at least as good as "French Hot Dog" from 2013. Influenced by bands like Ramones and The Clash, Junkstars play fast and loud.
The nasty opener has some Motorhead moments before "Romance of Death" isn't a love song that invites you for kissing. It's a fast and mean punk rocker that makes you going crazy. "Old Man's Dead House" is a typical Ramones-based cracker. The other tracks follow the same pattern and they are all real energizers.
A real downer of this longplayer is the fact that it's actually no LONGplayer. With just reaching 30 minutes the running time is rather short. No, it's too short, even for punkrock. It would have been OK to promote and sell the album as an EP. Or it would have been good if the guys would have added 2-3 more songs to the disc. But selling "This Means War" as a full-length album is overdone and feels like a cheek.
Junkstars sound good on the album, but their music is made for the stage and since they will be on the road together with the Backyard Babies later this autumn, it will be great moment to check them out and join the party. And maybe it's better to invest in a ticket than into this too short album.
- Kill the Ravens
- Romance of Death
- Monster Blood
- Old Man's Dead House
- Unrighteous Grave
- Chamber of Suffering
- This Means War
Label: Desptz Records
Genre: Punk Rock
Release Date EU: November 6th, 2015