After an eight-year layoff from the studio, AC/DC storms back this week with "Black Ice," a 15-track extravaganza that frequently echoes the down-and-dirty rock'n'roll of its iconic 1980 album "Back i

After an eight-year layoff from the studio, AC/DC storms back this week with "Black Ice," a 15-track extravaganza that frequently echoes the down-and-dirty rock'n'roll of its iconic 1980 album "Back in Black."

Due exclusively in Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores as well as ACDC.com, the set opens with the single "Rock'n'Roll Train," a riffy blast sure to please longtime fans. Elsewhere, "Big Jack" nods to the vintage major-key rocker "Who Made Who," while "Wheels" is a hands-in-the-air nod to old favorites such as "Highway to Hell" and "Givin' the Dog a Bone."

Frontman Brian Johnson is in fine form on tracks like "War Machine" ("Better watch your back and cover your tracks!," he warns), the sparse "Decibel," partially sung in his deep, natural voice, and the anthemic "Anything Goes." "Black Ice" ends with its title track, an old-school blues rocker that finds Johnson growling, "I'll gouge your eyes out."

So why Wal-Mart? It "came down to availability," guitarist Angus Young told USA Today. "There aren't as many record stores these days, and Wal-Marts are all over America. New York and Los Angeles and Chicago may be covered, but in the heartland of America, Wal-Mart may be the only gig in town." The band begins an extensive world tour Oct. 28 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

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