A new album is due out this May from Warnambool rockers, Airbourne. Black Dog Barking will be the third release from the group, following on from their second release, 2010’s No Guts. No Glory.

The band first gained international success for their hard rock style off the back of their first album Running Wild (2007), and has spent the the last few years touring Australia, Europe, and the US.

The band and production crew worked steadily through the holiday season, often working seven days a week through Christmas and New Years’ Eve, to get the new album ready for fans.

After all that hard work, lead vocalist and guitarist, Joel O’Keeffe said in a press release from their label Roadrunner Records. “Now we’re handing it over to you… so crank it up, crack a beer and stick some rock ‘n’ roll in your ear!”

The album is set for release on May 17th through Roadrunner Records, and the group were also enthusiastic to announce that Brian Howes, an award winning producer would be helping finish off the album. Howes’ previous credits include work on albums by Nickelback, Hinder, and Puddle of Mudd.

Airbourne has been gaining fans since their beginning with their high-energy, workman’s rock ‘n’ roll, which is essentially a throwback to Judas Priest, Motorhead, and fellow Australian pub rockers AC/DC.
“Crank it up, crack a beer and stick some rock ‘n’ roll in your ear!” – Joel O’Keeffe, Airbourne

The news of the the band’s latest album, also arrives with their latest success, a partnership with American theme park chain Six Flags, as Loudwire reports.

The Californian site has a new ride opening, named Full Throttle, which is being plugged as the “tallest, fastest looping roller coaster in the world.” And most importantly it will feature music from Airbourne. A special, “Full Throttle” edition of the song ‘Live It Up’ will be released to coincide with the opening of the roller coaster. The song will also appear on the soon-to-be-released album.

David McKillips, Senior Vice President of Corporate Alliances, Six Flags Entertainment, was thrilled to announce the new partnership. “Theme music is synonymous with television, movies and even sports. It’s a natural extension to bring original music to a world-class roller coaster, like Full Throttle,” said McKillips.

The band’s two previous releases charted in both America and Europe, and with the hype created by a roller coaster tribute and a complete aversion to haircuts, Black Dog Barking is sure to go the same way, particularly given that Airborne will be rocking a string of European dates and festivals throughout June.

This album is the latest in a string of great Australian releases such as Bernard FanningBirds of Tokyothe AMP shortlisted Hermitude, Hilltop Hoods, Boy & Bear, Matt Corby, Washington, Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsThe Drones, a swathe of new material from Pond, and the just-announced album from Big Scary.

There is also a strong selection of international albums due out this year, including Fall Out Boy‘s latest, The Strokes’ fifth LP, Daft Punk’s long-awaited fourth studio album, their first after switching labels to Columbia RecordsDavid Bowie’s first new album in a decade, and let’s not forget new records due soon from Vampire WeekendYeah Yeah YeahsBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club, and The Knife’s 98 minute opusShaking The Habitual.

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