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Years of musical knowledge and understanding had passed between Angus and Malcolm Young by the time High Voltage announced the arrival of a new Australian take on rock. The brothers’ hours of performing and working together and obsessing over Chuck Berry and early heavy rock ’n’ roll insured that the songs on this album would be locked-down and and road-tested. With Bon Scott on board, this 1976 American release (technically a compilation of two Australian albums) reduced rock ’n’ roll down to rhythm, riffs and raunch. Scott sounds positively feral on “Rock ’n’ Roll Singer” while “T.N.T.” and “Live Wire” laid down the template for the band’s future: primal, monstrous riffs and sneering lyrics riddled with innuendo.


Formed: 1973 in Sydney, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

AC/DC's mammoth power chord roar became one of the most influential hard rock sounds of the '70s, and is now one of the defining sounds of rock and metal. In its own way, it was a reaction against the pompous art rock and lumbering arena rock of the early '70s. AC/DC's rock was minimalist -- no matter how huge and bludgeoning their guitar chords were, there was a clear sense of space and restraint. Combined with Bon Scott's larynx-shredding vocals, the band spawned countless imitators over the next...
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