Tuesday, June 21, 2016

ATTICA RAGE: "Warheads Ltd"

Rating: RR
Label: OffYerRocka 2016
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Original yet vintage sounding metal or if you prefer hard rock songs with their own distinctive mark and though you can pick up influences, Attica Rage's vision and storytelling shine on through. Their Glaswegian and Scottish heritage shines through as well and lyrically it's everything from voting on leaving or stay (oh yes, it's politic) and (anti) war propaganda to the pure nonsense of el chupacabra. The latter a major surprise considering that it's your Mexican monster and these guys aren't exactly Latino. Ginger and pale as death for fecks' sake.

Musically drifting between the boring modern Ozzy arrangements as well as all that crap coming from Zakk Wylde nowadays to pure melodic rock and it's like if they're not sure which leg to stand upon? Definitely not to their advantage nor benefit in the long run, since it gives their record a rather schizophrenic impression. I'll go for the melodic stuff any day of the week and the likes of "Lost In Memory" that licenses long pauses and thought worthy notes about the child of years ago and the whole 'if I could turn back time' moment.

Almighty and Thin Lizzy are sure influences, but never really as good as any of them. Scottish heroes Attica Rage have come up with decent to below average stuff on their fourth release and I'm not too keen on finding out more about their previous releases. Meh.

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