Attila
Guilty Pleasure


2.0
poor

Review

by MattTD USER (12 Reviews)
February 2nd, 2015 | 30 replies


Release Date: 11/24/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 37 minutes of a joke that's no longer funny

Say what you want about Attila’s “Don’t-give-a-f*ck” attitude, but it’s clearly won them a lot of attention. Their fans love to flock to their live shows, wear their questionable merchandise and blast their music like they don’t know how to do anything else. Equally, their detractors love to take shots at them whenever they can over every part of them: their fusion of metalcore, deathcore and nu-metal, the arrogance of frontman Fronz, their deliberate abrasiveness and so on. Attila know all this of course; it’s their divisive nature that’s kept them going for so long. But on this, their sixth studio album Guilty Pleasure, their image no longer has the same impact that it did. Instead, it becomes monotonous.

In terms of musicianship, the album is far from awful, but also far from brilliant. A couple of the riffs are hard and catchy and the guitar solos, a part of Attila’s music that has always appeared bizarre and out of place, seem more thought-out and are integrated more into the structures of the songs than on previous releases. Tracks like “Hate Me” have fun instrumentals, but the large majority of the songs still consist of the same hollow riffs and uninspiring breakdowns that are plaguing metalcore today. The drumming is competent, but nothing special and overuses blastbeats and the bass drum to the point where it can get overwhelming and incredibly annoying (see “Pizza, Sex and Trolls”).

The main focal point and unavoidable aspect of Attila’s music is singer Chris “Fronz” Fronzak. His unclean vocals don’t seem to hold up here, and his infamous rap screams also simply don’t flow very well. Much of his vocal performance seems disjointed, evidenced on the eponymous track. The lyricism is dire, focusing primarily on “f*ck the haters” and “living your own life”. But among this and the regular surplus of swear words, misogyny, homophobia and references to smoking marijuana, there’s virtually nothing here that we haven’t heard before from the band.

Therein lies the problem with Guilty Pleasure. We’ve grown so acclimatised to Attila’s provocative nature that we’re no longer shocked by it. Instead, the album just trundles along at the same pace. There’s glimpses of Attila attempting something new; “Break My Addiction” focuses on addiction to harmful substances and “I’ve Got Your Back” surprisingly contains no swearing. But all of this is made redundant by other cuts from the album like “Dirty Dirty”, which ends with the band chanting “TITS” and Fronz saying “Got dayuumm them are some tig ol' bitties”. Attila’s whole concept feels incredibly dated.

Attila have gotten themselves a bit stuck on this album. Rather than offending the listener, they’ve just made them uninterested. There is very little replay value to be found on Guilty Pleasure, even if you enjoy their music. If Attila want to carry on being in the public eye, they’re going to have to rethink their strategy. Otherwise, they’re just going to become another part of the stagnant heap of generic Warped Tour bands.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MattTD
February 2nd 2015


678 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thought I'd go for a less gushing review this time. I swear the next review won't be metal.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2015


10511 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Pretty good review. Rating is correct.

Tunaboy45
February 2nd 2015


16708 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Really good review, couldn't agree more really (though I never thought they were funny)

Spec
February 2nd 2015


35650 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

No amount of opiate abuse could even make this album enjoyable.

Tunaboy45
February 2nd 2015


16708 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Not even a Michael Starr guest appearance could

save this album.

Angelboros
February 2nd 2015


1357 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Hear Rage and Outlawed, then disregard the rest of Attila's catalog. Great review, godawful album.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2015


10511 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hear Rage and Outlawed, then disregard the rest of Attila's catalog. [2]

MattTD
February 2nd 2015


678 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The albums I recommended alone should put you off this album.

Lethean
February 2nd 2015


1487 Comments


super punchable face agreed

Diglett
February 3rd 2015


1607 Comments


this album is shitposting irl

dbilidb
February 3rd 2015


125 Comments


Dat summary...

zaruyache
February 3rd 2015


20527 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

pos for review, neg for rating too high.

betray
February 3rd 2015


9391 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

good review

TheCakeIsALie
February 15th 2015


49 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Great review. The band lost self-awareness and milked their strengths until there was no more moo.

MattTD
February 17th 2015


678 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The best part of listening to this album for me was when my Spotify disconnected halfway through.

Gmork89
February 17th 2015


7807 Comments


This seems like it would be the worst thing ever.

zaruyache
February 17th 2015


20527 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

potentially retains some humor value so it's gotta be better than BrokenCyde, so it can't be THE worst thing, but it's probably up there.

Ebola
February 19th 2015


3502 Comments


37 minutes of a joke that was never funny

MattTD
February 20th 2015


678 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

They used to be hilariously bad. Now they're just bad.

torts
November 16th 2015


4300 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

[2]

this album still sucks tho, there's a good reason why they only play one song off of this live



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