Deadvikings- Libertatia LP. These Far Eastern brothers-by-another-mother of the Hellacopters have been going for 10 years and have numerous releases behind them. They’ve done a split single with UK reprobates The Sick Livers and The Hip Priests, but don’t judge them by the seedy company they keep. Hailing from Kobe, Japan they sound like they landed in the rock clubs of Sweden in the early 1990s and never left. In short, they rock in a tuneful, heartfelt way. “Heart Of Fire” is a hackneyed title for a song but in this case, the ends definitely justifies the means. It’s an anthemic hybrid of the ‘Copters, Rose Tattoo, Backyard Babies and AC/DC. “Midnight Express” could have been a long-lost Sonic’s Rendezvous Band tune with its flamethrower guitars and ragged riffing, and it serves as a reminder to where the Hellacopters copped their mojo. This is a band happy not to sit in one pigeonhole as the songs run the gamut from proto-metal, to proto-punk to poppy rock ‘n roll the whole way through. Recommended.