Attack Attack! (US)
This Means War


3.0
good

Review

by P.J. Quinones USER (35 Reviews)
January 17th, 2012 | 145 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Good? Sure. Creative? Not quite..

Attack Attack! began as a nauseating sextet firm on an identity of pretty much horrible everything. Premature vocals, corny synthesizers, simple guitars, invisible bass, and ho-hum drumming. This didn't improve until Austin Carlile was no longer in the picture, and even then it wasn't much different. Not much improved except possibly the intention that they maybe wanted to make a change? Well, here we are.

Enter the revamped quartet of Attack Attack! These guys have lived up to their intentions to not put out a horrible record, and do not surprise anyone by inevitably stepping into the mainstream. Caleb Shomo's higher pitched screams are new and i'm still not sure how to feel about them, but it creates a more unique identity on top of his sincere, nicely done clean singing. I never thought i'd say it, but Attack Attack!'s days of autotune and useless synth are indeed over. Guitarist Andrew Whiting, has attained the wit (no pun intended) that no longer chugging open notes over a synth track is a turn for the better. Instead, he integrates a crunchier, riffier feeling and it has made the music a lot more catchy. The bass does it's due part as well, making an effective undertone for the music and strengthening each tune. The drumming hasn't changed one bit i'm afraid. But sorry man, that's what you get for drumming in a mainstream band.

With a record like this, one would be impressed to find anything impressive. Not much stands out, but the benefit of that is they have great margin for error. Where no song prevails, none fail either. Any tracks that catch attention moreso than others are The Motivation, Betrayal, and Family. Every chorus on the record has good essence. but The Motivation is one of the best on the record. Also, the song structure itself is very nice, it's listenable and relistenable. The Betrayal is a very nice guitar track, and is a great headbanger towards the beginning of the album. The Family is nice for it's heavier feel, and leans towards ADTR's claim to fame with the "I'll stand my ground, with all my friends by my side" shpeal. However, the track itself fortunately doesn't drag anywhere else.

But where you have catchiness for each song, you have a large downside. The lyrics are horrible and the sincerity of the record is overbearing and comes off as very corny. When listening, it is advised to not take Shomo's whiny lyrics as seriously as he wants you to. The mainstream effect here is the forced difference in attitude of the music, they seem to want to be mainstream pretty badly and that fact shouldn't be so evident. They have a good start, but it'll take more than this album to make a noticeably beneficial impact to anyone that isn't already a fan.

So all in all, Attack Attack! has finally grown out of the ugly, laughable shell it was stuck in not long ago. There comes a day where one realizes, "Why did I ever wear that?" or "Why did I ever hang with that kid...?" and I think AA! has reached that point. They've bid a fond farewell to their past in effort to build and maintain a steady introduction to the mainstream. Attack Attack!'s claim to fame may just be their incessant talent for unparalleled metalcore breakdowns, or maybe Shomo's immense potential. You've surprised us now, AA! and have earned your spot on radar.

Recommended Tracks: The Betrayal, Motivation, Wretched, and Family.

Thumbs Up:
- Guitars are much better.
- Vocals are catchy.
- Breakdowns are crisp.

Thumbs Down:
- I could write better lyrics..
- Filler. Did I even have to say it?
- Still heavily unsurprising.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
chesse13
January 16th 2012


3887 Comments


You say that they've gone more mainstream yet you don't really describe the music itself too much other than " they don't do no more breakdowns"

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ITsHxCTOASTER
January 16th 2012


2489 Comments


"Caleb Shomo's new, higher pitched screams are new"

no way

Scoot
January 16th 2012


17840 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

lol memphis may fire already did those album titles

fucking retards

Digging: The Smith Street Band - Throw Me In The River

ITsHxCTOASTER
January 16th 2012


2489 Comments


And Fleshgod Apocalypse and Dimmu Borgir

twlichty
January 16th 2012


3412 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

lol Scoot, just when i thought thus album couldn't be any worse

bloc
January 16th 2012


34951 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I was actually hoping this would be good, but I just couldn't get into it.

pjquinones747
January 16th 2012


765 Comments


@chesse13 check the 3rd paragraph i edited a few things and added some.

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Shuyin
January 16th 2012


11845 Comments


if bloc doesnt like this then i guess its preety bad

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2012


7110 Comments


Can't see this being good at all.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2012


50674 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I head half of that one song and I turned it off

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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2012


9060 Comments


Gonna hop on this immediately

Aphrodisiac
January 16th 2012


1739 Comments


so i read the review
what does this album sound like?

Scoot
January 16th 2012


17840 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

"nauseating sextet firm"

sweet new band name

MMX
January 16th 2012


4832 Comments


better than a flash flood of Tiesto

iFghtffyrdmns
January 16th 2012


7047 Comments


ok good now i don't have to review it.

Acanthus
January 16th 2012


9543 Comments


Caleb Shomo's new, higher pitched screams are new...

O_O

New-new!


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ILJ
January 16th 2012


6720 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Caleb's clean vocals are the only decent thing about this.



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DinoX
January 16th 2012


3582 Comments


Brand New

Rev
January 16th 2012


9438 Comments


Are you shitting me with those song names?

iFghtffyrdmns
January 16th 2012


7047 Comments


what don't you like about them?




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