AC/DC’s New Album

Melissa Hickey

When you think “headbanging” and “rock and roll” what are some bands you might think of? Metallica? Black Sabbath? Judas Priest? How about a more common one, like AC/DC? Released on November 13th, 2020, AC/DC gave us rock fans a new album, titled Power Up, which is like a blast from the past. Right off the bat, the name of the album is very “AC/DC like”, with other albums titled High Voltage and Powerage from the 70s. The album is 12 songs long, which is one of their more lengthy albums. Unbelievably, their sound is still so similar to back in the day. It’s as if their voices never aged. The vibes, instrumentals, and energy are very similar to their older music. From the catchy lyrics to the liveliness of their voices, it’s like nothing has changed. Like all of their other music, it’s very fun and makes you feel alive. The songs are very upbeat and sound pretty identical to their songs from decades ago. The genres that AC/DC sticks with are heavy metal, hard rock, blues rock, and rock and roll. And overall, the new album is nothing short of that. The group originally consisted of Dave Evans, Angus Young, Larry Van Kreidt, Colin Burgess, and the late Malcolm Young. Power Up includes Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd, Brian Johnson, Angus Young, and Stevie Young. As members come and go, co-founder Angus Young has been a continuous member of the band. According to the “Exclaim!’’ article breaking down the album, this album was a tribute to the late co-founder, Malcolm Young, who passed away in 2017 from dementia. His brother Angus collected unreleased music that was made with Malcolm before they started working on Power Up. Essentially, the album is credited to Angus and Malcolm. The music was collected in 2017 after the passing of Malcolm, recorded in late 2018 and early 2019, and was just released. Needless to say, they’re a great group, and this album, like the rest, definitely shows why. This album almost feels nostalgic, and even though I wasn’t alive in the 70s, 80s, or 90s, the music still gives off those old rock and roll feels. RIP Malcolm Young.