Massive: Full Throttle

Re-release of Aussie rockers’ storming debut album

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Melbourne’s Massive claim to play “Fist-swinging, riot-starting, girlfriend-stealing, punch-in-the-face rock’n’roll,” which seems like an appropriate assessment.

That the quartet have tacked covers by AC/DC (If You Want Blood [You’ve Got It]) and Aerosmith (Rats In The Cellar) onto this re-release of their independently-released 2013 album should offer a decent clue to their source materials; that they have the chutzpah to write a song about Hollywood from thousands of miles away speaks volumes about where their heads and hearts are. Full Throttle is a terrifically apposite title for an album that simply roars from the speakers, and while only a fool would claim that Massive are boldly pushing hard rock into new spaces, their energy and enthusiasm is utterly infectious and their songwriting is supremely assured. Nice work, gentlemen.

Via Earache

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.