Thursday, 2 August 2012
Review: Attika 7 - Blood of My Enemies
As one could imagine then, there's not a whole lot of variety to find and the main principles of the album seems to be to make a selection of biker rock songs that mirror those of Black Label Society but not as good. That doesn't necessarily make it a band listen in any way. Coones and Broderick certainly have the capability to write some gutsy riffs, wether it be operating at a slower and eerier pace and tone to create a darkened atmosphere on Crackerman and Dying Slowly, a song that in conjunction with Reeder's creeping basslines really shows off their stoner rock credentials, or in a more adrenaline packed selection of grooves that makes up the mean performances of Greed and Power and No Redemption. This is also aided effortlessly by the meaner vocal performance of Seinfeld, whose voice proves adaptable from the belligerent yelling displayed constantly in Biohazard, and adopts a grittier tone with greater melody.
So, the attempt to create Wild (or rather "Wylde") heavy metal songs with a trippier and grittier edge filled with big grooves is executed with great ease throughout Blood of My Enemies. There really isn't anything more than that. The only time something reasonably different happens is during Seinfeld's spoken interlude on The Cold Hard Truth and that part is just kind of annoying. But it's not really anything of protest. Like AC/DC or Slayer they can use a similar formula for each song and it will still feel fresh. And that is always an impressive feat.
However, for a group of musicians to come from completely different backgrounds to record a set of flat out rock songs, there's a lot of impressive moments to be found. The notion of someone from a band as polished and mainstream sounding as Nonpoint making roughened stoner rock riffs is particularly impressive, since it's really displaying something of a contrast from previous day jobs. I can imagine that the same people that dislike Black Label Society will jump on board Attika 7 can claim their hatred for giving stoner rock a more mainstream sound, but it's undeniably solid. Who knows if this band will be a full time grouping or just a one off. If they go on, they could be built for longevity, with perhaps some room for improvement.
Attika 7's Blood of My Enemies is out now via Membran.