Attack Attack! (US)
This Means War


2.0
poor

Review

by MadMikeLove USER (2 Reviews)
January 25th, 2012 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's what was to be expected, more or less.

"The Motivation" really was a good start. Around a month before the album's release, the band decided to stream the track. I, as well as many other "disapprovers" of the band, thought that it was actually a very safe step in the right direction. It was heavy but not br00tal, it was simple, and easy to hold onto or digest if you will. I also appreciated the fact that the band was using an extra string.

Woah.

But THIS MEANS WAR. War is gritty, dirty, and nasty. Nothing will ever go to plan in war. Someone ***s something up somewhere, or there's a turning point caused from a miraculous disaster. Attack Attack! chose this topic: war. This is because everyone knows what to expect: a ***storm.

And oh god, the 80 MPH winds.

The band's frontman, Caleb, begs everyone to "Start the revolution!" in the very first track cleverly titled "The Revolution". (All songs follow this title format, adding to a concept the album is conveying. It should be noted that Memphis may fire who is on the same label as Attack Attack! used the same song title format earlier last year.) He repeats this 4 times until...the revolution has begun? The definition of a revolution must consist of a chugging rhythm section, followed by a different chug, followed by an uninspired chorus, followed by...actually, this just repeats. I'm not sold. This is not my kind of war. Also, breakdowns.

Throughout the entirety of the record, Caleb tries to show us through the emotion and anger of Attack Attack's music that this war is just too much for him to handle. Honestly, the lyrics are too childish and simple to be felt by anyone. "Start the revolution!" or "This means war!" or "I'll find you! (and make you regret yadda yadda yadda)" are some examples of the absolutely complex and abstract ideas the album touches upon. I promise you the lyrics do not evolve beyond that. Caleb constantly bellows about some girl he loves and the fact that he misses her. It seemed that he wanted to start a war, but immediately took it back. It doesn't necessarily help his problem with lyrical content when it's so apparent that his screams are amateur at best. He sounds like he's 15, screaming incorrectly, and ***ing his throat up. His cleans are quite developed, though.

The whole album isn't full of this kind of a sort of pathetic-ness, mind you. It is worth mentioning that the first track released from the album, “The Motivation”, is quite a simple and enjoyable 4 minutes off the record. It is ALSO worth mentioning though, that when Caleb proclaims he is "Never gonna give up hope" before the closing breakdown for the song (which quite rocks), it much more closely sounds like he is "Never gonna give a poop." I wish I can make that up. He says it 4 times too, making it the most memorable moment on the entire record. Hilarious. On the subject of good, but brief moments (um sort of?), "The Hopeless" is another song that does show a sort of focus. It is groovy in the vein of Memphis May Fire, and directed with at least some sense of charm the other tracks seem to be missing.

What does hold nearly all of the potential back, is the unwilling-ness of the band to break free from it's addiction to breakdowns. Every song's got 'em, and most of 'em aren't good. It's lazy. You can't be lazy IN A WAR. Get it TOGETHER. *clap clap*

Another disappointing and boring trend the album carries is having absolutely regrettably boring hooks or choruses. Entire song structures are just so bland and uninspired that one has to look toward the chorus to basically make the song. In turn and putting 2 and 2 together, almost each song is completely unmemorable in almost every way. The instrumentation all sounds the same throughout each song with ***ty grooves and simple chord progressions.

Attack Attack! is trying hard to find what they are. I respect the experimentation (in their case) to try and break everyone's opinions on what they used to be. However, this album falls way too flat. It's not an abysmal abortion or anything like that. It's just much too bland. There are a few points, grooves, or breakdowns on the album that work and sound damn good too. Of course, they are too few. If they scrapped 4/5 of the album and took some time to listen to some bands that do things similarly and admirably, then they could have had a chance to create a very solid record and establish an unexpected surge of positivity for themselves. Sadly, that won't be found here. It’s not like many people were expecting it.


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MadMikeLove
January 24th 2012


655 Comments


second review, i think it's much much better than my first. I put a couple day's thought into it.

MMX
January 24th 2012


4863 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This review is.....

Digging: Plebeian Grandstand - Lowgazers

wacknizzle
January 24th 2012


13683 Comments


GOD... When will it stop.

Digging: Phobocosm - Deprived

wacknizzle
January 24th 2012


13683 Comments


Review is good but i've already seen so many reviews for this already it's really getting old. This and enter shikari.

MadMikeLove
January 24th 2012


655 Comments


Oh shit, is it that bad?



MadMikeLove
January 24th 2012


655 Comments


oh nvm, thought you were trying to diss haha. I got negged super quickly though :/

lucasjcockcroft
January 24th 2012


3714 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

no you didnt?

MadMikeLove
January 24th 2012


655 Comments


now it's saying i didn't...At first it almost immediately said 0 out 1 thought it was well written. guess they changed their mind.


artificialbox
January 24th 2012


628 Comments


Summary: Fuuckk.
I was expecting this review to be bad but it really wasn't. Cool.

MMX
January 24th 2012


4863 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The only good review for this album
props

Spec
January 24th 2012


27298 Comments


omg every song starts with the

MadMikeLove
January 24th 2012


655 Comments


@artificialbox
Will change the summary. realize that it's kinda dumb.

Shuyin
January 24th 2012


12061 Comments


its cool, i havent listenned to this yet, nor do i want to.

Satellite
January 24th 2012


20826 Comments


quite possibly the most phallic release of 2012

chesse13
January 24th 2012


4301 Comments


honestly what were they thinking with that art

TrstN01
January 26th 2012


800 Comments


You use to many short, somewhat redundant sentences. And, this whole paragraph:

"What does hold nearly all of the potential back, is the unwilling-ness of the band to break free from it's addiction to breakdowns. Every song's got 'em, and most of 'em aren't good. It's lazy. You can't be lazy IN A WAR. get it TOGETHER. *clap clap*"

It reads like YOU got lazy and didn't feel like actually developing the thought, and it comes across as childish, especially the last four sentences (counting *clap clap* as a sentence). You also have multiple capitalization errors and comma usage errors.

If you fix those things, it would be a pretty good review.

Oh, this is somewhat pointless, but from what I can tell, it isn't a girl that he's missing (at least, not ALL the time). I'm pretty sure it's his son. Look at the lyrics for The Abduction.

TrstN01
January 26th 2012


800 Comments


"honestly what were they thinking with that art"

I think they just played too much CoD: Black Ops. I mean, it looks like a more phallic version of its cover.

MadMikeLove
January 26th 2012


655 Comments


@trst that "thought" is just completed in the next paragraph. It's the same train of thought, i just separated it to emphasize the clap but i realize that you think it's stupid. I thought i proofread it enough, but I'll go back and do it again.

And the short sentences part, it's part of my delivery everywhere i go. Like at the end of the third (actual) paragraph where it's sentence after sentence, it's just my style (or sense of humour.) There are jokes I say where i say one thing, and i add a quick thought, and another, and another, until i reach the end of the joke. Like "yadda yadda yadda yadda... yadda yadda... yadda yadda... yadda."

I like things to seem like they're quick and attacking you. I learned that it my english class this year. My teacher said that if you use short lines and short words IN POETRY, it emphasizes that things are picking up, or to be read at a faster pace. I thought it could work in an essay type format.

MadMikeLove
January 26th 2012


655 Comments


Well I fixed the errors i could find. There were a couple run-on sentences and a lot of unnecessary commas. Thanks.

TrstN01
January 27th 2012


800 Comments


Ok, I can understand that it's a style thing. And no problem! Have a pos.



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