Attack Attack! (US)
This Means War


2.5
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Review

by SteveRogers USER (7 Reviews)
January 17th, 2012 | 22 replies | 2,645 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Elements of this review have been redacted due to a potential breach of national security

1 of 3 thought this review was well written

Elements of this review have been redacted due to a potential breach of national security:

The terrorist cell Attack Attack, formed in 2005, has returned to activity after a recent bombing (their self-titled project, code Attack Attack from 2010) succeeded in assaulting the senses of any of those unfortunate enough to have listened to it (with its horrendous mixture between T-Pain rap music and breakdowncentric metal). This second attack, though moderately less dangerous than operation Someday Came Suddenly from 2008, proved to see a level of sophistication which altered their attack from an all-out sonic orgy of rape to a more subtle sleeper cell attack. The cell’s improved design work led to a plan which, ultimately, ended up being almost enjoyable to some.

We catch up the group 2 years later to discover a band with tactical skills improved almost to the point of actually forcing. . . enjoyment. . . upon listeners. After member turnover (as is to be expected with any group notorious for musical suicide bombing), the nearly rejuvenated cell turns out an operation which is much more average than their previously diabolical attempts. An improvement from evil to average may not seem like a big deal to some, but consider just for a moment how much of a change this is for Attack Attack.

What will be readily apparent to a listener is the disappearance of the deadly DJ-rap-techno-rave bull*** which made their first two albums so fatal. Opting instead for a heavier, more abrupt, more stream-lined “metalcore” sound on all of the songs, the standout phase of this attack is the improved vocals on the album. Increased funding of the terrorist cell has contributed to the disappearance of the dreaded autotune outlawed by most modern governments (in favor of the much more subtle but equally deadly clean vocals of Caleb Shomo). Also missing are the low vocals which were so devastating on their previous record, Shomo instead sticks to a higher-pitched talk-scream which sounds stronger overall than the lows (and hopefully would translate in live shows) but also draws more attention to the less than great lyrics.

Guitar, bass, drums, and keys all seem to be making noise in the background. But they’re doing so little to contribute to the overall sound of the album that they hardly require mentioning. The guitar never moves outside the box of average chugs and chords. The bass is nigh inaudible. The drumming is serviceable for keeping time but ultimately unmemorable and fails to differentiate from other bands. The keys are also decreased greatly; however, this ultimately ends up being a plus.

Final statement: Attack Attack has improved their sonic assault to the point that the sound is much less dangerous to one’s brain and becomes just average enough to warrant a few less than hesitant listens. WARNING: DISCARD THIS ALBUM AFTER A FEW LISTENS OR IT WILL SELF DESTRUCT



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IfYouRun
January 17th 2012



291 Comments


Review reads nothing like a 3 in my opinion.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2012



6994 Comments


tone is awkward

Irving
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2012



7178 Comments


What is this I don't even.

Digging: Ty Segall - Manipulator

bloozclooz
January 17th 2012



1770 Comments


i don't get it

simonpettersen
January 17th 2012



272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well this felt kinda wierd...

ILJ
January 17th 2012



6666 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Guitar, bass, drums, and keys all seem to be making noise in the background. But they’re doing so little to contribute to the overall sound of the album that they hardly require mentioning."

So....all of the actual music contributes little to the overall sound? The point of a review is to talk about the music, and you didn't do much of that besides talking about Caleb's vocals.


ILJ
January 17th 2012



6666 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

And I also agree with the first comment. It reads more like a 2.5 at best.

iFghtffyrdmns
January 17th 2012



7047 Comments


i hate to say it
and usually scorn those that do

but this site has really been taking some leaps and bounds straight into the concrete lately. and now i'm letting out an exasperated sigh.

Tyrannic
January 17th 2012



3261 Comments


i dated a girl who tried convincing me that this band was worth my time.

she would have received the mightiest of cock slaps if she didn't rec me idiot pilot like thirty seconds earlier.

pizzamachine
January 17th 2012



12571 Comments


I like the concept of this review, but your execution is lacking. If you're going to write a review in
the style of a news report of a terrorist attack, you have to completely stick with that idea, and the
appropriate tone. Your tone jumps all over the place man. I give you props for trying.

iFghtffyrdmns
January 17th 2012



7047 Comments


my above remark doesn't apply to Tyrannic.
he's a pretty ok user since he talks about cock slaps and whatnot

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 17th 2012



6994 Comments


iFghtffyrdmns: Taking Names, calling it as he sees it


iFghtffyrdmns
January 17th 2012



7047 Comments


I actually really want to write a review for this and even intended to do so, but when it came time to deliver I realized that I would have had to listen to the record in order to write a review for it. And that didn't seem like a good deal.



Emim
January 17th 2012



26618 Comments


totally thought those were dicks on the album cover from the thumbnail...

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2012



31097 Comments


Joke reviews are meant to be funny fyi

Digging: Banks - Goddess

iFghtffyrdmns
January 17th 2012



7047 Comments


totally thought those were dicks on the album cover from the thumbnail...

they aren't...?

Emim
January 17th 2012



26618 Comments


nope, just very veiny forearms

pjquinones747
January 17th 2012



763 Comments


I agree with pizzamachine.

Digging: GWAR - War Party

asaf
January 17th 2012



885 Comments


why bother entertaining the idea of this album... it's just more bloopie bloops with bun buns.

TooManyFriends
January 18th 2012



625 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They should have given the guy a white T-shirt, but that's not very "metal", is it....



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