The past few years Scandinavia has cranked out an awesome amount of kick-ass, low-fi rock. Why? Who knows. But somebody's been listening to their old AC/DC, KISS, MC5, Pagans, and lord knows what else. The best of the bunch are Sweden's Hellacopters and Norway's Gluecifer. The Hellacopters' latest is cleaner and tamer than their first two records. That's not such a good thing. The Hellacopters write great rock songs, but their intensity and energy is what puts them over the top. By cleaning up the album, they've lost a lot of that energy. The production also makes you realize that Hellacopters mastermind Nick Royale (aka Nicke Andersson, the former drummer for Entombed, for you metal fans) can't really, uh, sing. Yell, scream and howl, damn straight. But sing? Still, there's some hugely fine songs here, and even a slightly limp Hellacopters is worth a whole can o' whup-ass. If it sounds like your thing, try to find their earlier records "Supershitty to the Max" and "Payin' The Dues". Anything by Gluecifer (especially "Ridin' the Tiger" and "Soaring With The Eagles...") goes down great too. And never, EVER pass up the chance to see either one live. It's a show you don't want to miss.