Attack Attack! (US)
Attack Attack!


1.5
very poor

Review

by Mary Paultese USER (35 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2010 | 41 replies | 7,074 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Attack Attack!, lead by new frontman Caleb Shomo, fails at becoming "heavier", and instead dwells in a mess of genre confusion and poor musicianship.

4 of 6 thought this review was well written

Today was an exciting day for scene kids everywhere. Today, Attack Attack! (not to be confused with the halfway decent British rock band "Attack! Attack!") streamed their sophomore, full length album released under Rise Records on the band's Myspace. The band is now fronted by screamer Caleb Shomo, which is something I am not very happy about, because the only redeeming quality of Someday Came Suddenly (for me at least), was Austin Carlile's vocal performance. The album is self-titled, and to no surprise, it was produced by metalcore's new favorite producer, Joey Sturgis. I will be honest, I like some of Sturgis's work (Burden of a Day's "Oneonethousand", TDWP's "With Roots Above and Branches Below", etc.), but more than often, he will over-process a band to the point that the vocals are flooded with autotune, and become almost indistinguishable, not to mention painful to listen to. This is obvious in most of the songs of the album, which (for the most part), follow the same structure consisting of "brutal" breakdowns alternating with poppy, processed clean vocals delivered by guitarist and singer Johnny Franck, backed by bouncy techno beats.

In some cases for the band, this formula seems to work. The album opens up fairly strongly, with probably two of the best songs of the record, "Sexual Man Chocolate" and "Renob, Nevada", both of which the band released earlier on their Myspace. These songs contain some pretty cool synth samples, like in the intro to "Sexual Man Chocolate" which features a piano rapidly ascending and descending up a very minor sounding scale, which gives the song a nice vibe. However, if you know anything about Attack Attack!, you'll know that they love to try to squeeze a breakdown into every song, regardless of how well it fits. This is something that can be observed throughout the album, not excluding these two tracks. This is really their only downfall, apart from the excessively poppy chorus melodies, which I am personally not a fan of; otherwise, they are two strong tracks to open the album.

Now that I've spent so much time covering the first two songs of the album, you're probably thinking, "This doesn't sound so bad..."; unfortunately, from the third track on, the album becomes progressively less coherent, and there are some very, very laughable moments. The third track, "I Swear I'll Change" is a very average sounding post-hardcore song, with alternating screamed and clean vocals, and absolutely nothing about it stood out to me. The next song is where the album really starts to go downhill. "Shut Your Mouth" is an embarrassing culmination of rapped vocals delivered by McSwagger (yeah, I don't know who he is either), and sickeningly autotuned vocals with techno beats playing throughout the song. Upon hearing this song, I was truly confused, wondering how a Metro Station song ended up in the middle of Attack Attack!'s album stream - but I guess the band really has no hope of ever being a respected name in the metal community, because decisions to include hip-hop-esque tracks like these will forever keep AA! labeled as a "joke band".

The rest of the album blended together horribly for me, and it seemed like a really bad attempt at sounding like Bring Me the Horizon's "Suicide Season", with random electronic parts thrown in. "AC-130" is a roughly two minute long track, rumored to be a shot at the band's former frontman and screamer, Austin Carlile, and it is nothing more than 2 minutes of forced breakdowns and blatant attempts at sounding "brutal", by chanting oh-so-badass lyrics such as "You're better off dead!". Nothing throughout the end of the album stood out (in a good way at least), and it ended on a failed attempt at a ballad titled "Lonely", which featured vocalist Jason Cameron of the metalcore band Bury Tomorrow, who made up for the lack of Attack Attack!'s talent with a strong vocal performance. Nonetheless, the album ends weakly, and I will be honest, I was more than glad it was over.



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TheSpirit
June 3rd 2010



17719 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is worse than the Periphery reviews (not saying your review was bad but you're too new to understand)

Digging: Venus Star - Nigredo Expulsion

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2010



31085 Comments


Review wins for not mentioning dubstep

Digging: Banks - Goddess

bloc
June 3rd 2010



34768 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

What Spirit means is that there are a lot of reviews for this. Don't worry, he's a kitten.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

pmmets07
June 3rd 2010



5865 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I had really wanted to review an album just as it was released, so I just went for it. (I wanted to listen to it anyways to see if they improved. They didn't).

Thanks for the feedback though. Kinda.

buckfutter
June 3rd 2010



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Seriously, does this really need another review? There's been about 5 today, and they all say the same thing.

WhiteWallStargazers
June 3rd 2010



2647 Comments


I have the highest rated review. . lovely

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2010



31085 Comments



Seriously, does this really need another review? There's been about 5 today, and they all say the same thing.

People can review what they want, but admittedly 5 of them so soon is a bit excessive. I would love to see someone do a 5 review and attempt to justify it though.

buckfutter
June 3rd 2010



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Deviant- I get that, but did someone really need to post this review, which pretty much re-hashes everything the other reviews have stated? That's all I'm saying. If it said something different or gave a different rating instead of from a 1 to a 3, I'd be okay. But it's the same review as the other 20 I've seen today.

bloc
June 3rd 2010



34768 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

But come on man, it's not like he even read the other reviews, he just posted his own opinion not knowing whether he was going to repeat what others said.

TheSpirit
June 3rd 2010



17719 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This review is plenty good (actually pretty great for a first) i'm just tired of seeing the same thing over and over again.

pmmets07
June 3rd 2010



5865 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

You're right, I just wanted to get a review under my belt. Anyways, it was fun bashing on attack
attack. I probably SHOULD have read the other reviews first, but I didn't, coz i wanted to review it
with an unbiased ear.

buckfutter
June 3rd 2010



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Lol, I'm not saying he did, although how would any of us know what he did. All I'm saying is this read the same as the other ones I have read today. So did the one before that. And the one before that. And the one before that.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2010



31085 Comments


So? @pit obviously

bloc
June 3rd 2010



34768 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I get you, but how much can one say about this album anyway, whether it's a good verdict or a bad verdict?

TheSpirit
June 3rd 2010



17719 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

gonna give this MF a five star review

buckfutter
June 3rd 2010



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

And I'm not saying it's a bad review at all. It's a pretty good review and I agree with the rating. I'm just saying why not find something else to review? Or wait a day or two? Don't water down the front page with the same review that was written 20 minutes before.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 3rd 2010



31085 Comments


Dude its just a review, and his first at that. Maybe he knows a bit about the genre and felt comfortable talking about it, who knows?

buckfutter
June 3rd 2010



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Deviant- I'm just expressing an opinion, that's all. Y'all don't have to agree with it, I am just personally tired of seeing the same review with the same rating with the same reasons on the front page, that's all.

TheSpirit
June 3rd 2010



17719 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hey guys. I'm writing a five review for this RIGHT NOW. No lie. Expect it.

bloc
June 3rd 2010



34768 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

buck, I guess we can be expecting one more now ;)



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