Artist: Attica Rage
Rage hail from Glasgow and deliver Hard Rock with edge in the vein of
The Almighty, led by Jonny Parr guitar and lead vocals who along with
Stevie Bell on guitar, Big C on bass and Richie Rage on drums, play no
nonsense hard riff fuelled rock n' roll.
band have created such a buzz they are deemed festival stalwarts with
multiple appearances on Hard Rock Hell, Hammerfest and Hard Rock Hell
Road Trip Ibiza and Metalcamp in 2008 and 09, and all this just on the
strength of their self financed debut release ‘Ruin Nation’, so
imagine what the band are going to achieve with the release of this
their second full length album ‘Road Dog’.
album is as ballsy a Hard Rock release as you’ll hear this year.
I said earlier that the band have that Almighty feel about them, well
this is mainly due to the straight shooting chunky guitars packed with
more punch that Mike Tyson. From the opener ’36 Insane’ the
band take no prisoners and continue to bring on the big guns with the
impressive ‘Hacked For Vanity’ and the rockin’ bluesy guitar laden
‘Road Dog Forever’.
just get better and better as each track unfolds and delivers big chunky
heady bass lines courtesy of Big C. All interwoven with some
sublime guitars licks from Parr and Bell, but the band aren’t all
about smash and grab, hit and run moments, they do have some tender
moments and they are just a good as the more up-tempo songs. Take
the excellent ‘Through The Inner Eye’, this one is as melody rich as
any song you’ll here inside the genre, with Parr and Bell both
excelling on the old six string razor.
back to the heavier almost stoner metal feel with the thumping
‘Contradictions’. Again a big bass line from Big C drives this one
ever forward, before switching once more for the more melodic but
equally heady tones of ‘Ashamed’ and the sonically superb
second half of the album gets off to a more sedate and gentle start with
‘Lost’, a track that wouldn't have been amiss on Alice Coopers
‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ album, it has that same dark haunting feel
band have a chance to show off their musicianship with the instrumental
‘Attica’, a track that mixes classical guitar and cello, which comes
courtesy of Christie Connor-Vernai, in a Deer Hunter style. Such
is the diverse nature of this album, it's back to the heavier hard
rockin’ with the old school rocker ‘Altered Reality’ and the
excellent ‘One Minute Silence’, another track that brings in that
Almighty feel to things.
up the heavier feel is the thumping darker edged ‘Change Of The
Iris’, before the tempo and edge are brought down just a touch with
haunting tones ‘Swimming With Sharks’. The album comes to a
close as it opened up with the riff fuelled rocker
and aptly titled ‘Back To The Old School’, which rounds off a
great album that will surely project the
band to great heights in 2011.
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