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Attica Rage – Warheads Ltd

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Attica Rage
Version:
cd
Price:
8.55

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Rating:
5
On July 20, 2016
Last modified:July 20, 2016

Summary:

Warheads Ltd is without doubt THE Attica Rage album, a culmination of blood sweat and beers, giving birth to a Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal gem

It’s been a long wait for fans of the Scottish Metal band but finally the new album Warheads Ltd is out on the shelves to much critical acclaim. Main songwriter Jonny Parr is a (sometimes frustratingly) perfectionist if ever there was, indeed, opening track ‘Beyond The 45’ had been kicking around in the live set as an untitled song for quite some time. Such is his obvious desire to produce the best possible material, that only when all the pieces of the Warheads Ltd jigsaw finally fell into place, was the green light given for its release. Going back to ‘Beyond The 45’, a better opening track you could not really ask for, a full throttle, get up and dance riff that overflows with upbeat energy, and making no apologies for its homage to the band’s Scottish heritage, it’s a certified winner. The politically charged lyrics by the way are perhaps even more topical and relevant now considering our recent governmental turmoil

The whole album gels superbly well, managing to combine a great deal of variety and different tempos that ensure that the listener is never in danger of becoming bored. The title track for example (co-written with bassist Matthew Ward) has a huge chunk of classic era Black Sabbath wedged in there, yet still retains its own identity, having a real finesse and punch about it. Compare that to the instrumental passage ‘Into The Ether’ and you couldn’t have two more different pieces of music even if you tried but where as some bands chuck in an instrumental basically as an album filler, this is a belter, a real trippy vibe driven by a deliciously fluid bass line, and featuring a Tibetan singing bowl (yes really)

Listen to ‘All Summer Long’, a real soundtrack for the season, or indeed ‘Lost In Memory’, a song that is so well crafted, building with each second that passes to become a real anthemic monster, and you begin to get an idea of how Attica Rage have now positioned themselves for a shot at bigger and better things. Not to suggest that the band have become a different beast mind, indeed ‘New World Decay’ could, in my view, have sat quite happily on say 2008’s Ruin Nation. The difference here though, and a striking one it is as well, is how polished Warheads Ltd sounds. Closing track ‘Haunted’ (written by Christian and Paul Fontana) is a perfect way to close the album, one of those epic tracks that just makes you feel proud to be a Metalhead, rounding proceedings off to perfection

Attica Rage have always been about the fans, gathering a loyal band of followers over the years, never compromising their ethos but always remaining accessible. Warheads Ltd is without doubt THE Attica Rage album, a culmination of blood sweat and beers, giving birth to a Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal gem

Catch the band out on a headline U.K. and Ireland tour in the Autumn (dates below) but if you can’t wait until then, be sure to catch their long overdue debut live set at this year’s Bloodstock Open Air festival in August.

Glasgow’s Attica Rage return with a career defining album.

 

Track Listing;

Beyond The 45

Falling Down

Warheads Ltd

El Chupacabra

All Summer Long

Lost In Memory

Into The Ether

New World Decay

Haunted (Prelude)

Haunted

 

Warheads Ltd is released via http://www.offyerrocka.com/

 

Attica Rage are;

Jonny Parr – Lead Vocals, Rhythm, Acoustic and Lead Guitars, Keyboards

Richie Rage – Drums

Stevie Bell – Lead Guitar

Matthew Ward – Bass guitar and Backing Vocals

 

Attica Rage play;

Aug 14th  Bloodstock Open Air Festival  http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/

Aug 28th  RockWich 2016  http://www.rockwich.net/

Sep 29th  Head Of Steam, Newcastle  http://www.atticarage.com

Sep 30th  Monroes Bar, Workington  http://www.atticarage.com

Oct 01st  Rebellion, Manchester  http://www.atticarage.com

Oct 14th Fuel, Cardiff  http://www.atticarage.com

Oct 15th  The Krazyhouse, Liverpool  http://www.atticarage.com

Oct 21st  On The Rox, Dublin  http://www.atticarage.com

Oct 22nd Limelight 2, Belfast  http://www.atticarage.com

Oct 28th O2 ABC2, Glasgow  http://www.atticarage.com

Nov 3rd Duffy’s Bar, Leicester  http://www.atticarage.com

Nov 4th The Portland Arms, Cambridge  http://www.atticarage.com

Nov 5th The Black Heart, London  http://www.atticarage.com

 

 

 

 

 

Warheads Ltd is without doubt THE Attica Rage album, a culmination of blood sweat and beers, giving birth to a Hard Rock/ Heavy Metal gem

About Simon Bower

Rock/Metal junkie living in beautiful Anglesey.Love live music and have a musical taste which can go from Cannibal Corpse to Kate Bush in the blink of an eye.
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