Shotgun Mistress are a dynamic force in the Australian hard rock scene, built off the back of their hard-working and high-energy live shows that leave everyone chanting for one more song. Their reputation was solidified by their self-titled debut album featuring standout tracks like No Friend of Mine, Collide, Natural Disaster and Grave Mistake. Following successful tours with Electric Mary and Dirty Honey and sharing the stage with rock legends Slaughter and Lynch Mob at GlamFest, Shotgun Mistress now presents their sophomore release, Kings of the Revolution.

The album kicks off with the unbridled power of the title track. This is hard rock in its purest form, a sonic force that compels you to raise your horns, bang your head or pump your fists in the air regardless of whether you’re at home, in the office, or your car. The second track, Sweet Woman, has a sophisticated yet gritty rock/funk groove and vocal performance that draws you into the story of the song. It also features great basslines from bassist Ben Curnow. Tracks like Shot Down, From Hell and Down have the Sunset Strip, guitar-driven, heavy rock sounds reminiscent of early Guns n’Roses or Skid Row’s Slave to the Grind. This sound is driven by Matt Wilcock’s guitar work, which is ever-present across the album, with impressive riffs and blistering solos littered throughout the record.

Jude Judas made a significant impact on the charts upon its release, and it’s not hard to see why. The track is a powerhouse, with a hard-hitting bassline, thumping drums, high-note screams, and anthemic backing vocals, all blending seamlessly. Mary Jane, featuring Electric Mary’s Rusty Brown, offers a change of pace, showcasing the band’s versatility and musicality. Glenn Patrick’s vocal performance is a standout throughout the album; tracks like Mary Jane and Headspace are a perfect demonstration of his range.

While Kings of the Revolution is a big step up from their debut album, the band still retains the raw hard rock roots forged on many small stages in sweaty venues around Australia. It’s Alright and Addicted to Pain channels that live rock sound, with big bass, crashing cymbals, and thundering drum sounds kicking off these high-paced hard rocking tracks that will get those packed live venues jumping up and down again for this album’s touring cycle, which sees the band playing ten shows in Japan later this month .

The opening whistles will have you thinking, is this a Guns n’ Roses or Scorpions rip-off? Welcome To The Fight draws a bit of both bands’ sounds into a well-executed rock ballad with emotion and depth. This track showcases the growth in songwriting and musicality for Shotgun Mistress and is one of my favourites on the album.

If you haven’t had the chance to see Shotgun Mistress live yet (get on it!), this album will leave you in no doubt about the band’s calibre. This is hard rock done very, very well, and I am sure Shotgun Mistress’s reputation will continue to build as they kick off their international tours.

Kings of the Revolution releases on June 14th.