Attack Attack! (US)
Attack Attack!


3.0
good

Review

by FyreNail USER (4 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2010 | 262 replies | 41,075 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 50% breakdowns and 50% techno

6 of 12 thought this review was well written

Probably most famous for their music video for 'Stick Stickly', the band that is now known and jokingly referred to as 'crabcore' have released their self-titled sophomore effort for the world to hear. Having found the first album nothing special, monotonous and boring, I hope and expect some forms of improvement with this release.

With their second album the band have matured their sound whilst keeping just as much hooks, synths and breakdowns as their first release. This, however, could be seen by some as the problem. Breakdowns do certainly get boring after a whole album of listening to them, especially when half of those breakdowns have nothing special about them. Synths during breakdowns are starting to get old and even though Attack Attack! do them quite well, it's not something they'll be able to keep up for a long time if they want to sound different to all other bands.

Caleb and Johnny are pretty even on vocal duties as they both play instruments, Caleb on keyboard whilst Johnny sings. Whether you'll like Caleb as the new screamer all comes down to whether you prefer the deeper or higher screams. If you're more into 'deep, brutal' screaming, you'll prefer their current screamer Caleb, but if you're more into 'scenie screamy' vocals then you might prefer their old screamer, Austin. The autotune is also a big improvement on this album, as there is simply much less of it heard. I can remember some times hearing a high pitched fuzzing sound in my ear whenever Johnny and his heavily autotuned voice came on in the first album. This is thankfully gone, so I'll assume he's improved on vocals and that they've gotten a producer who's bothered to read the manual on how to use autotune this time around.

I'm not too sure how the lyrics were on the first album, but they're pretty much bogus on this one. They're written like diary entries or the poems of an angsty junior highschool kid. Their meanings can sometimes be good but the lyrics themselves just sound bad. It's okay to have a rock song with unintelligently written lyrics but they have to at least SOUND good with the music they're playing with. Most of rock is made up of songs like this. Attack Attack! however, forgot to make the words sound good (or rhyme) and it can be sometimes offputting or make a song seem like it could be better than it is vocally.

With this self-titled release, Attack Attack! seem like they're trying to please both crabcore fans and ravers alike. This latest effort is 50% breakdowns, screams and gang vocals and 50% dance beats, synths and dumbened mainstream lyrics. Yet at the same time, they've matured since they last album and seem to mostly make their two genres work well together. So if you don't already have a biased opinion, then you may find a few things to enjoy about this album, or even the whole album. I like it, because I can't help but like anything that's catchy. Or you might just plain hate it. Which would also be understandable.


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bloozclooz
June 3rd 2010



1770 Comments


trying to please both crabcore fans


wait, people actually like that?

Mordecai.
June 3rd 2010



8270 Comments


yeah, it's so crustaceanly. awesome stuff crabcore is

ThePalaceOfWisdom
June 3rd 2010



1134 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

'scenie screamy'

Da fuck?

buckfutter
June 3rd 2010



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Do they have lobster-core, too? Or how about horseshoe-crab-core?

HangEmHigh
June 3rd 2010



282 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Lobster-core would be delicious! On another note, this album is horrendous.

buckfutter
June 3rd 2010



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I don't know if I even have to hear this to go ahead and give it a 1.

Knott-
Emeritus
June 3rd 2010



10194 Comments


dumbened mainstream lyrics? dumbened? lol.

bloozclooz
June 3rd 2010



1770 Comments


how do you assume a lobster core pose?

buckfutter
June 3rd 2010



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

A lot of redundancies, mispelled words, and descriptions that are just, well, not needed. Review isn't horrible, but it isn't a very well-written review, nor does it seem well thought out.

ObjectivismIsALie
June 3rd 2010



50 Comments


There are sooooo many things wrong with this review. I won't neg though as it's your 3rd review.

DarkenedLove
June 3rd 2010



26 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love this album

Mevz
June 5th 2010



235 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Review doesn't read like a 3.0 tbh. Album doesn't sound like one either >.

Scoot
June 5th 2010



17682 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this band should disband

Digging: Unjust - Glow

Dryden
June 5th 2010



12928 Comments


this band should disband [2]

Ire
June 5th 2010



41749 Comments


i agree you're just jealous

EasternLight
June 5th 2010



2700 Comments


ten reviews alraedy, god damn

bloc
June 5th 2010



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

NEED MORE

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

ANewTypeOfPunk
June 6th 2010



736 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

next time you review, talk more about the actual album? You really didn't cover it at all, except the general sound. Get into the technical aspect of the music, like the instruments and stuff. I wont neg tho

ssj4gogeta17
June 8th 2010



74 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

anyone notice the similarity between Upon A Burning Body's "Showtime" and the ending breakdown in "Smokahontas"

Upon A Burning Body> Attack Attack!

ssj4gogeta17
June 8th 2010



74 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

anyone notice the similarity between Upon A Burning Body's "Showtime" and the ending breakdown in "Smokahontas"

Upon A Burning Body> Attack Attack!



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