ATTIKA – METAL LANDS (Pure Steel Records / Soulfood)

Review by Officer Nice

This band came in my collection before. Their self-entitled album was found one on or another Metal market. I was in that era not actually impressed by this purchase, forgive me my honesty. You don’t hear me say it was a bad release, no, not at all but in US Power Metal it was mediocre. For some it might be a cult band and that attracts always, no? “When Heroes Fall” was released in 1991 but re-released a few years ago. Am I right? Anyway, I wasn’t impressed by it either.

We’re 2021 and the band released their third effort and to me it seems the band made progress, in several ways. First of all the production is stronger, secondly the songs are better written and performed. It’s a pity the band didn’t start their newbie with their strongest track, the one that should convince the listener. This band has not the luxury to have a fan base that buys every release blindfolded. So, a band like this needs an eye – or should I say- ear catcher. I miss this one right here but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this record. I have listened to it several times and I really found good things, in the first row the often intense played leads and the variation in and between the tracks. This band plays typical US Power Metal, somewhere in between Helstar, Metal Church and Omen, without having the opportunity to blow them away.

I need to admit a pretty good album has been released by this band from Melbourne. This is good enough for every addict of US Metal, what seems to be a specific public in our Metal scène. Fans of traditional Metal, with an overload of Eighties sounds, can dig this one too but I doubt Attika is able to convince the rest of the Metal movement. But I would like to see them once at stage and a band like this should be able to open one of those German old school Metal festivals. More isn’t really possible I guess. Attika online: https://www.attikametal.com  Order your own copy at: https://www.puresteel-shop.com/ATTIKA-Metal-Lands_1

My rating: 78/100 (Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing)

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