Get a Lesson in Rock and Roll Precision with AC/DC’s New Black-And-White Video for ‘Realize’


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A key element in the magnetism of AC/DC over the years is the band’s in-your-face simplicity. Riffs, bass, drums, vocals. Little else, and delivered with precision and heaps of swagger.

On Wednesday, the Australian hard/rock icons shared a new music video for “Realize,” one of the most riff-heavy and “classically AC/DC” songs on the band’s new album, Power Up, which was released in November.

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Crisply edited in black-and-white, it’s a stark video treatment for a song with a killer chorus that’ll get stuck in your head:

This clip for “Realize” comes on the heels of a video for “Demon Fire,” which was premiered in early December and is a bit more stylized, essentially putting the “Highway to Hell” in video format:

And here’s the band’s clip for “Shot in the Dark,” the album’s lead single:

Power Up brought back together Johnson, Young, guitarist Stevie Young (nephew of Malcolm), bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd with producer Brendan O’Brien, who previously worked with AC/DC for 2008’s Black Ice and 2014’s Rock or Bust.

Of course, Power Up doesn’t feature Malcolm Young, who passed away in 2017. But the album was very much made with his memory and influence in mind, so much so that Malcolm receives a co-write credit on each song on the album:

“This record is pretty much a dedication to Malcolm, my brother,” Angus told Rolling Stone. “It’s a tribute for him like Back in Black was a tribute to Bon Scott.”

And it’s as fitting a tribute as could be expected, given its relentless energy and the familiarity that is provided by that signature AC/DC sound.


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