Attila
Rage


3.5
great

Review

by Connor Welsh USER (13 Reviews)
May 11th, 2010 | 94 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A curious hybrid of genres which won't leave you filled with Rage afterwards.

Less than a month after infamous “party grind” band Dr. Acula release The Social Event of the Century, Georgian party-deathcore (if I can even use that as a passable genre) outfit Attila put out their third studio album, Rage. The real question remains: is there anything here to separate Attila, and Rage for that matter from Dr. Acula, or the entire “party-core” scene.

The answer, as always with bands like this is both yes and no. Right off the bat, the instrumentation on Rage is already leaps and bounds beyond that of anything else Attila have released. Everything from vocals to guitar to even audible bass has taken a turn for the better, and Attila aren’t afraid to wear it on their collective sleeve. Tracks like “Rage,” “Jumanji,” and “Temper” feature bouncy, fun guitar lines which showcase the band’s affinity for more than the ever-repetitive “jun-jun-jun” chugging which was, sadly, their most appealing aspect on past releases. Don’t get me wrong though"Attila have not left behind their penchant for the breakdown behind, and for every one that succeeds in bringing heaviness in an oddly-timed and riff-laden package, just as frequently does another crash and burn on its way to deliver the “brutality.” Tracks like the aforementioned “Rage” feature a perfect example of this. While the first (notable) breakdown, although catchy, feels forced and contrived amongst the party-strong gang-chanting, the closing breakdown achieves its purpose in combining all the strongest elements of the track and ending the song on a stronger note.

While Attila’s vocalist has no doubt earned his fair share of flaming over his appearance on an episode of MTV’s Made, his vocal diversity and ability on this album is respectable at the least. Varying from the high, raspy (albeit slightly annoying) scream down to a deeper near-growl at the drop of a dime, he makes up with his vocal ability for what he lacks in lyrical ability"and oh boy, does he lack lyrical ability. While his lyrics NOT involving partying and weed are average and capable of pulling out a good one-liner when the occasion calls for it, his “party time” lyrics are contrived at their best. I get it, it’s party-core, and it’s not supposed to be 100% serious 100% of the time, but are lines like “grab a Cigarillo and a 40 and a Bic light, lemme get a Newport, now it’s on” really necessary? I didn’t think so either"and those are some of the better lyrics.

The only other enormous wall that Rage crashes into is its utter lack of depth. Once again, not much more would be expected from a band of the genre, but given its above-average instrumentation and scattered hints of originality, I expected a multitude of solid listens. However, after three or four listens, my rating of the album went from an overzealous 4.5 to its current rating. While that rating certainly isn’t bad, it’s quite a fall from the “grace” where it had once stood. For the most part, many tracks save the few exceptional ones end up getting boring and incredibly skippable in order to reach the real “meat” of the album, heavily concentrated throughout less than half the overall content.

So maybe Attila have their faults"in a genre littered with both trash and mediocrity, poor lyric writing and two-dimensionality are easily overlookable in order to obtain the greater goal: Rage, a “party-deathcore” album which is actually worth checking out.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
xxKillWithASmile
May 11th 2010


240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

My personal rating is probably a little closer to a 4, but I felt that a 4 was both too positive for the review and pushing the envelope a little bit.
Other than that, I'm pretty pleased with this review.
Also, I apologize for the pun in the tagline--it's bad, but after it got in my head, I couldn't get it out.

Bitchfork
May 11th 2010


7584 Comments


*slaps head*

Carnifex
May 11th 2010


1918 Comments


This is pretty horrid.

qwe3
May 11th 2010


21368 Comments


this looks worse than everything ever

botb
May 11th 2010


9780 Comments


this band is so godawful

Pizza
May 11th 2010


687 Comments


I don't think i'll listen to this but it was a good review

xxKillWithASmile
May 11th 2010


240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

The review was horrid or the album was horrid? Trying to figure out the neg.
Also, thanks dude! This definitely isn't everyone's jam. I'm surprised it was mine.

cvlts
May 11th 2010


8985 Comments


review is fine.

even as a fan of party metal i still wouldnt give this over a 2.

xxKillWithASmile
May 11th 2010


240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

In retrospect, the review reads more like a three in my opinion, but I actually liked it a fair amount (obviously). It
certainly does have its faults though.
Also, thanks. Haha.

MrSenior
May 11th 2010


212 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review, haven't decided on a rating, as there are some nice surprises and some boring breakdown fests, but it's def better than expected.

xxKillWithASmile
May 11th 2010


240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

That's kind of how I feel, except I enjoy some of the "breakdown fests" scattered around the album. Some of it gets monotonous as hell though.

Deathcar
May 11th 2010


1534 Comments


This is ok, but there are so many "breakdownfest" party bands out there that do this better. If you want party metal, just stick on Cancer Bats, or ETiD or something like that.

Good review, though a little too generous to the album IMO.

Carnifex
May 11th 2010


1918 Comments


I meant the album, sorry if I confused you.

MrSenior
May 11th 2010


212 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, the more I listen to this, the more the breakdownfests grow on me. The leads and few solos are great. What a concept to have more than chug-chugs ha.

Bitchfork
May 11th 2010


7584 Comments


While Attila’s vocalist has no doubt earned his fair share of flaming over his appearance on an episode of MTV’s Made


I lol'd so hard at that.

xxKillWithASmile
May 11th 2010


240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Well that whole Made thing was pretty funny haha.
Also, Deathcar, I dunno if I can call ETID party metal--certainly not anything close to Attila or Dr. Acula (because they're
so much better--New Junk was my favorite album of last year). But I would certainly take ETID over this no doubt about
it.
As for Cancer Bats, i'm ashamed to say i've never actually given them a fair shot.

cvlts
May 11th 2010


8985 Comments


Dance Club Massacre.

fuck ya!

xxKillWithASmile
May 11th 2010


240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Revenge of the Blood Monsters (I may have gotten that album title wrong) is an awesome album, good sir.

eternium
May 11th 2010


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

How can anyone like this?

xxKillWithASmile
May 11th 2010


240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Eh, dunno. Just do, I guess.



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