Prepare for a serious case of hair envy, as Scottish thrash monster Attica Rage throw us a new album in the shape of 88MPH and we were primed, neck supports at the ready to share it with the world and break a few neck bones in the process.
There I was, vest on, beer in hand, wig fixed in place and any potential eye gauging ornaments moved safely out of harms way. I was poised to give my neck a thrashing it hadn’t felt since that night I can’t talk about anymore, I pressed play…. hang on. A string opening? a mellow, beautiful string opening to a heavy metal album, I thought only Metallica did that. I was wrong and I like it, it’s the perfect start to the album, the calm before the storm, the chance to gather your final thoughts before BOOM! the hammer drops and all hell breaks loose.
First track Beyond Forever a typically slamming rock track with great riffs, so loud it feels like it was recorded in a steel press, banging away at your brain relentlessly drawing you into the song. By this time I’m nodding like Churchill merrily following that great beat.
Each track is a classic, not one single filler, just bone crushing motorbike metal with ample amounts of squealing guitar solos and a drum line that bangs harder than a teenage couples headboard. The vocals delivered by Johny with Colin are a pitch perfect exhibition of what real rock voices should sound like, up there in the realms of Zakk Wylde in the Pride and Glory days.
My favourite track is the 80’s-esque Long Ride Home, but it’s in no way a stand out track, the whole album features a host of impressive tracks. Want my advice? no? well I don’t care you’re having it! buy this album when it comes out 4th February 2013.