|Review: Attika - Metal Lands|
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2021
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: April 17, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
I reviewed the reissue of this band's 1991 album When Heroes Fall back in 2019 and now Attika has released Metal Lands, their first album of new material in 30 years. The band still plays thumping US metal with a bit of thrash running through it. The tempos are generally mid-paced with angry vocal lines, giving the whole album a dark, ominous atmosphere. Songs like "Metal Lands" and "8 Track Days" are catchy, throw-a-fist-in-the-air anthems that evoke the sounds of bands like Armored Saint and Reverend. I found some of the vocal lines clunky, like on "Run with the Horseman," but that could just be me. The one true misstep is the cover of John Stewart's "Gold" which was released in 1979. The original is a melancholy ode to the life of a struggling musician, but Attika turn it into an arrogant unemotional declaration, void of emotion, that is unlistenable. It's only one song and the rest of the album is solid, so if you like US metal that is on the darker, crunchier side, give Metal Lands a spin.
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