Attack Attack! (US)
Attack Attack!


3.5
great

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2010 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Attack Attack! goes Hardcore


I feel Attack Attack has gotten a bad rep around the metal world. Ever since their video for Stick Stickly showed up, “crabcore” has become a genre and this band has become the laughingstock of the metal world. With the removal of their former screamers Austin Carlile and Nick Barham, Attack Attack! sets out to revitalize their sound, and this they have done so on their self titled second album.

Although still incorporating the techno and dance elements, along with some use of autotune, they have turned from a complete scene band, into more of a For the Fallen Dreams-esque hardcore with some synth elements. Although some songs, like the completely un-metal Shut Your Mouth, show Attack Attack! trying something different, most of the songs stay within the bounds of metalcore.

The biggest difference on this album is the vocals of keyboardist Caleb Shomo. Gone are the high-pitched vocals, and in comes guttural low ones, bearing resemblance to those of A Plea For Purging and the already mentioned For the Fallen Dreams. This is the biggest improvement in the band, as the vocals correspond nicely with the melodic singing. The clean vocals are also improved, and the use of auto-tune is much reduced in this album. The final track on the album, Lonely, is a good example of this.

Musically not much is changed. The synth leads the sounds, from piano lines to techno loops such as on Sexual Man Chocolate. It provides the most changing sound throughout the record, and works well. The guitars still stay heavily in breakdown mode, but with the new vocal approach this comes off a lot better then on their last album. The bass is non-existent, and the drums are solid, if not average in their attempts to keep the album flowing. Group vocals litter the album, such as on Smokahontas and again provide a nice contrast to the melodic side of things Attack Attack! brings to the table.

This album is by no means perfect though. The song Shut Your Mouth and the beginning of Fumbles O’Brien show that Attack Attack! needs to take their music more seriously if they want to be respected. The switch from pure scene music to a more hardcore sound may alienate people, and the easy, if not blatant comparison to For the Fallen Dreams will let the listener know that originality and songs without breakdowns are really nowhere to be found on this record.

Personally I find this record actually pretty soild. I feel that Attack Attack! Is headed in the right direction, but needs to put more work into their songwriting, and maybe learn some guitar riffs instead of breakdowns. Overall this is an enjoyable record, but not an everyday listen.



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WhiteWallStargazers
June 3rd 2010


2647 Comments


I find this alot better then their debut album.

LG
June 3rd 2010


3049 Comments


Good review, I agree this is multitudes better then SCS

buckfutter
June 3rd 2010


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Review is pretty good, but I just cannot comprehend how anyone can rate this over a 2. Changes in a band's sound doesn't always equal improvement.

Mordecai.
June 3rd 2010


8281 Comments


yeah but crabs

ebay
June 3rd 2010


501 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i actually found SCS more enjoyable than this (by that i mean a 2.5 over a 2).

fromtheinside
June 3rd 2010


19029 Comments


long live FF5.

Digging: Ibex Throne - Ibex Throne

bloc
June 3rd 2010


34998 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Family Force Five kills this anytime.

Digging: The Birthday Massacre - Superstition

fromtheinside
June 3rd 2010


19029 Comments


anyday

ObjectivismIsALie
June 3rd 2010


50 Comments


With the removal of their former screamers Austin Carlile and Nick Barham, Attack Attack! sets out to revitalize their sound, and this they have done so on their self titled second album.


Should be set as he set out to do this a while back.
And this they have done so is awkward, I'd remove the so. Or even something along the lings of "so they did"

Although still incorporating the techno and dance elements, along with some use of autotune, they have turned from a complete scene band, into more of a For the Fallen Dreams-esque hardcore with some synth elements. Although some songs, like the completely un-metal Shut Your Mouth, show Attack Attack! trying something different, most of the songs stay within the bounds of metalcore.


I'm not big on band v. bands comparisons as adjectives,
As well, put song titles around "quotes"
Also, try a different word than "although" to start your sentences. It bugged me.

The biggest difference on this album is the vocals of keyboardist Caleb Shomo. Gone are the high-pitched vocals, and in comes guttural low ones, bearing resemblance to those of A Plea For Purging and the already mentioned For the Fallen Dreams.


These sort of band v. band comparisons, I can handle for the simple fact that you used an adjective. But you already said they were similar to FTFD, no need to do it twice.

beginning of Fumbles O’Brien


this

Personally I find this record actually pretty soild. I feel that Attack Attack! Is headed in the right direction, but needs to put more work into their songwriting, and maybe learn some guitar riffs instead of breakdowns. Overall this is an enjoyable record, but not an everyday listen.


Incorporate this with the paragraph before it, and don't use the word "I" because the rest of the review isn't as personal/informal as much as needed for this to work. But that paragraph structure never works. Period.

thomasj12e34
June 3rd 2010


195 Comments


Quote:they have turned from a complete scene band, into more of a
For the Fallen Dreams-esque hardcore with some synth elements.


Quote:Musically not much is changed

uhhh i dont get it

Zip
June 3rd 2010


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Anyone notice how Life Was All A Dream by Before Their Eyes and Sexual Man Chocolate are eerily similar?

bloc
June 3rd 2010


34998 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Life Was All A Dream is way better though.

Zip
June 3rd 2010


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Too bad that band is fucking terrible though.

Zip
June 3rd 2010


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ironic, I know

bloc
June 3rd 2010


34998 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You're right though, that band isn't great.

Zip
June 3rd 2010


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really hate the whiny clean singing, it would bother me more on this album if the choruses weren't do damn fun. Really though, they're all starting to sound exactly the same.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2010


31475 Comments


Although still incorporating the techno and dance elements

What's the difference?

Digging: Hyperdub - Hyperdub 10.4

bloc
June 3rd 2010


34998 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Jason, you of all people asking what's the difference between techno and dance?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2010


31475 Comments


You know why

bloc
June 3rd 2010


34998 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I don't



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