Review Summary: A step in a good direction.0 of 4 thought this review was well written
Attack Attack! Is a name that has been on the receiving end of many insults since their debut album Someday Came Suddenly in 2008. Disappointed with their use of auto tune period, and the not so well done electronicore style implemented, they received the same such negativity on their self titled sophomore release. Now, taking the reigns of both clean and harsh vocal duties, Caleb Shomo and company bring to the table a straight black and white metalcore release with few reminiscence of their old sound.
This Means War is a concept album which means that it tells a story. This may be used as an excuse to some for the reason that the ten song track list sounds similar a fair amount of the time, however, that may not cut it for others.
I personally think this album, while it has its flaws, was a well done, solid release. The use of seven string guitars implementing a heavier sound definitely works to its advantage. If you're a first time listener of this album, try and to take its songs two by two, it helps. Lets begin.
The Revolution and The Betrayal are good openers, however, the first could be placed anywhere on the set list. Basically it's not much of an opener, just a good song with the latter speeding things up.
The Hopeless and The Reality are probably two of the more forgettable songs on the record, really only sounding that little bit better when listening to them one after the other.
The Abduction is the bands first attempt on the release at keeping us, the listeners intrigued throughout with the removal of clean vocals. A good song, but when done a thousand times better three songs later, The Abduction feels a little shadowed.
The Motivation is the obvious fan favorite and for some reason only used as the interlude track on the hard copy CD as the song is driven in with some piano, which seems useless to me since it simply sounds better when its there.
The Wretched is probably the least interesting song in my opinion, there really isn't much to say about it. It has its peaks which a lot of people will enjoy, just not my cup of tea. The Family follows in number eight as the best song on the album. With the exclusion of clean songs, the band do nothing but deliver on this track holding a standing of a band that can implement a heavy song and keep us happy.
The Confrontation and The Eradication are the last two songs we hear from the track list. The first definitely being better than the last, with a nice touch of electronica towards the end thus making The Eradication, although a good song with better than average guitar work, a weak closing track.
In summary, Attack Attack's This Means War is a good release however suffering from the very basic of song structure and a lot of the songs sounding similar. Caleb Shomo is the shining star of the album doing a great job with vocal duties. Satisfying if listened to from start to finish. Some will like it, some will hate it. Either way, their third attempt was at least a step in a good direction.