Attack Attack! “This Means War” Review- out 1/17 on Rise Records

Attack Attack! (US) is to release their third full length album, entitled This Means War, on January 17, 2012. There is definitely a new style to the songs on this album. After the band’s departure with vocalist Austin Carlile, keyboardist Caleb Shomo stepped up on vocals. In their last album, he brought a deeper sound to the band with his low vocals. Now, he shows off his new style which includes more shouting and raspy screams. If you saw Attack Attack! on the Vans Warped Tour over the summer or purchased the re-issue of their self-titled album with the new singles “Pick A Side” and “Last Breath”, then you may have a good idea of what this new style is like. Caleb also stepped up to sing the clean vocals on this new album after the band parted ways with guitarist/singer Johnny Franck. Shomo’s singing voice has more of an edge than Franck’s did and it is not auto-tuned like it was on the previous albums.  Despite the vocal changes, the guitars, bass, and drums have the same heavy sound they used to.

The new album features the single, “The Motivation”, which is a good example of what the rest of the songs are like. You can tell the band put heart and soul into these songs. The lyrics are some of the most meaningful ones Attack Attack! has released so far. The listener can really grasp the emotions of the songs in the vocals and in the breakdowns.
For the fans of Attack Attack!’s humorous song titles in the past such as  “Sexual Man Chocolate” and “What Happens If I Can’t Check My MySpace When We Get There?”, I am sorry to disappoint you but there is nothing like that on this new album. Every song title starts with “The”, such as “The Revolution” and “The Wretched”. Perhaps this is because the band is maturing because they seem to be maturing and settling into a single genre instead of having a few out of place techno/dubstep songs which were present on their past two albums. This album has come a long way from their first album Someday Came Suddenly in 2008. It seems like they’re almost a completely different band now. However, I believe that all Attack Attack! fans, old and new, will be able to enjoy this album!
-Charlie F.
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