Rock titans AC/DC have returned with their 17th studio album, Power Up.
AC/DC consolidate their gargantuan rock sound once again on their first album in six years, boldly delivering the group’s iconic mixture of rock riffs and powerful drums. Vocalist Brian Johnson returned to the group in order to record Power Up after struggling with hearing loss on tour. Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose briefly filled in for Johnson during the band’s tour in support of their 2014 LP, Rock or Bust, while the singer received treatment.
Power Up also marks the first album AC/DC have recorded since co-founder Malcolm Young’s death. Young had maintained his role as the rhythm guitarist of AC/DC up until his departure in 2014 due to health concerns. He eventually passed in 2017 from the effects of dementia. AC/DC’s Angus Young has said that Power Up serves as a tribute to his brother and late bandmate.
“This album was guided by Malcolm’s vision,” Angus Young told NME. “He was there from the beginning, and he’s the guy that gave me a role in this band… his death was a huge blow to us. But I still think he’s there when I’m playing. It sounds funny, but I can still feel him communicating to me when I’m playing guitar.”
Stream Power Up, and its lead single “Shot in the Dark,” below: