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Attack! Vipers! - Deadweight Revival (Cover Artwork)

Attack! Vipers!

Attack! Vipers!: Deadweight RevivalDeadweight Revival (2012)
Specialist Subject Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: Rich27Rich27
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Attack! Vipers! really confused me when I first listened to this, their second album. It was almost as if they couldn't decide what they wanted to do as a band, and therefore used a number of styles to produce a dozen songs that seemed a bit all over the place. However, on repeated listens this feel.
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Attack! Vipers! really confused me when I first listened to this, their second album. It was almost as if they couldn't decide what they wanted to do as a band, and therefore used a number of styles to produce a dozen songs that seemed a bit all over the place. However, on repeated listens this feeling dissipated and I began to get the band and the album. With influences including punk, hardcore and a bit of metal, as well as a significantly mellow feel at times, this release ended up reminding me more of Envy than any other band. But, Attack! Vipers! seem to contain a bit more brutality in their sound than that Japanese band does. The one other, and more diverse, band I heard at times when listening to this album was Rocket From The Crypt. I would hasten to add that these are odd bits here and there but I certainly found myself thinking in that direction on occasions.

Kicking off proceedings in a sprightly mood is "Reverse Heart Attack," and the whole feel of this track is that it's as punishing to listen to as it is to perform. Throughout the album I am constantly amazed at how frequently Joe Watson seems to be potentially pushing his vocal cords to the limit, so much so that I wonder how he would manage with a whole gig under these conditions. He really must take some serious care of his voice.

As noted above, Attack! Vipers! exhibit variety not just across songs but within them as well and although this could result in a car crash of styles, that isn't the case here. The other thing the band are not averse to doing is throwing in some beautiful instrumental parts to songs, much like Envy do so successfully and it's something that has to be done right to work and hats off to these inhabitants of Southsea, U.K., that they manage to do this effectively. For a prime example of this, look no further than the "You Were Hope," which slowly builds to a crescendo and leads immediately into "You Were Horror," which is a much more straightforward shredder of a song.

The success of Deadweight Revival is due to Attack! Vipers! being able to bring together a number of styles into a structured, varied and hugely powerful body of work which is atmospheric and broody as well as downright intense at times. It might take a few listens to actually find yourself in a place where you appreciate this album fully, but do not give up. It's a mighty piece of work and it's certainly grown on me immensely since I first played it. Some are already acclaiming this to be the hardcore album of the year and whilst that is quite a claim being that it is only February, Deadweight Revival certainly does have something special about it and is laying down a line in the sand for others to dare to cross.

This is quite a big departure for Specialist Subject Records and it's an album that pushes them into a new arena in terms of the bands they deal with. It's a good move if this is the sort of stuff they add to their repertoire.

 

 
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onegirlarmy (February 20, 2012)

Yeah the album art is kind of eh. But the music is far from eh.

I really liked The Mirror & The Destroyer but that record just seemed like straight Converge worship while this has some more variety. I'm digging the hints of Suicide File/Bronx rocknroll-core thrown in with the screamo/post-rock tinges. I get a bit of a Pelican/Achilles vibe on those songs as well as the obvious Envy. Seems like the band threw a bunch of influences into a blender and came out with this... but its working. Band is awesome, record is fantastic. I hope they come play in the U.S. one of these days.

SilentStorms (February 17, 2012)

*didn't hear about

SilentStorms (February 16, 2012)

Thought I'd check these guys out due to the Envy reference. I saw they had a split with Lavotchkin that I didn't about. So I'm listening to Lavotchkin instead because they fucking rock.

nocigar (February 15, 2012)

i know it's not right to judge a band by name or album art, but wow.

wallofyouth (February 14, 2012)

i swear when i first scrolled by this i saw "Attack! Attack! - Daterape Revival"

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