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Attack Attack! - This Means War (Cover Artwork)

Attack Attack!

Attack Attack!: This Means WarThis Means War (2012)
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Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: SloaneDaleySloaneDaley
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Attack Attack!'s self-titled sophomore effort was largely an incoherent mess. Their mixture of distorted/clean, loud/soft, and metalcore/electronic went together like peaches and gravy. On This Means War, Attack Attack! pare things down a bit by getting rid of their extra clean vocalist and handling.
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Attack Attack!'s self-titled sophomore effort was largely an incoherent mess. Their mixture of distorted/clean, loud/soft, and metalcore/electronic went together like peaches and gravy. On This Means War, Attack Attack! pare things down a bit by getting rid of their extra clean vocalist and handling production duties in-house. These changes result in a marked improvement in the band, but they still suffer from major songwriting weaknesses.

"The Betrayal" works where "The Revolution" does not because the metalcore verses have a hint of melody to them. When the electro-pop hook comes in on "The Betrayal" it is more of a natural transition. With contrast playing so heavily into Attack Attack!'s songwriting, a smooth transition can make all the difference. Remember how the Flaming Lips' Zaireeka had four different parts that had to be played simultaneously on four different players? That is what "The Hopeless" reminds me of, except the two parts being played are completely unrelated. "The Reality" and "The Motivation" get the contrast working again but it isn't enough to really salvage the album.

"The Family" highlights the main problem with This Means War and Attack Attack! in general. "The Family" is the most straightforward metalcore song on the album and it is really good but most of the riffs and breakdowns on the album are really derivative and boring. If Attack Attack! were to drop the electronic elements from their sound completely no one would pay any attention to them, they need that gimmick to sustain an album.

This Means War is a step in the right direction for Attack Attack! but the progress feels like it might be a band plateauing. The album is about as good as it is bad but the good is worth checking out if you enjoy metalcore and electro-pop.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Jelone (January 27, 2012)

...I'm really glad everyone else sees the dicks. Because I thought maybe I was a sexual deviant.

SloaneDaley (January 24, 2012)

Point of reviewing this? some people actually listen to this band. We were sent it for review so I took the time to listen to it and formulate an opinion. It could have been an amazing album, and then it might have been overlooked if it wasn't. I don't understand why people preclude that something is irrelevant.

wallofyouth (January 24, 2012)

if that designer gets fired he can go work at disney no problemo

eatdogs (January 24, 2012)

weird demon hentai dicks...

Dante3000 (January 24, 2012)

Seriously, the thumbnail of the art looks like two dildos. Some designer should get shit canned over this.

heretic (January 24, 2012)

This band...why...

CCSummers (January 24, 2012)

Why?

Damnitsderek (January 24, 2012)

These Arms Are Dicks would be a fucking fantastic band name.

eatdogs (January 24, 2012)

they're going to attack attack! us with dicks!!!

quick, to the dick ship! let's return to dickopolis!!!

levidolphin (January 24, 2012)

when i think of peaches and gravy i think of this band

MikexDude (January 24, 2012)

If Bury Your Dead was a crustacean.

insinceredave (January 24, 2012)

haha wentz_equals_death, I think you might be on to something.... something very hard!

eatdogs (January 24, 2012)

so they drop the crabby stuff and have become a generic metalcore band now huh??? and yeah, that cover looks like a pair of dicks that are ravaged by them dere chains yo...

wallofyouth (January 24, 2012)

dave -- these arms are dicks?

theproblemwithfire (January 24, 2012)

is there really a point in reviewing this here?

insinceredave (January 24, 2012)

hhhmmm there is something about this album art that unnerves me...

renaldo69 (January 24, 2012)

wasn't all that to me

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