Attack Attack! – This Means War (2012)

Album Review

On their third album, Attack Attack! strip down their sound and focus on heaviness, making This Means War their hardest hitting and most coherent record to date. The album finds them dealing with a lot of new territory at once: it’s their first album without guitarist and clean vocalist Johnny Franck, and their first full-length album without Joey Sturgis at the helm in the studio. With singer and keyboardist Caleb Shomo filling in on both production and clean vocals, it would seem inevitable that the band would fall further down a synth rabbit hole, but instead it’s quite the opposite. This Means War finds them coping with the changes with a less gimmicky, more visceral sound that’s dominated by massively detuned guitars and relatively light production. By not trying to force an evolution, Attack Attack! have managed to actually push their sound in a new and interesting direction. With all of the baffling… Read more on allmusic.com

About the Band

Not to be confused with the myriad Attack Attack(s) that were all the rage at the outset of the 21st century, the Ohio-based Attack Attack! was a screamo/metalcore outfit that held true to a strict set of Christian beliefs. After forming the band in 2005, members Austin Carlile (vocals), Johnny Franck (guitar, vocals), Andrew Whiting (guitar), Nick White (bass; later replaced by John Holgado), Caleb Shomo (keyboards), and Andrew Wetzel (drums) inked a deal with Rise Records and released their debut, Someday Came Suddenly, in 2008. They also released a video for the album’s lead single, “Stick Stickly,” and drew some heavy criticism from publications like TheRead more on allmusic.com

Tracks

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
The Revolution
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4:11
2
The Betrayal
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3:26
3
The Hopeless
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3:37
4
The Reality
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3:50
5
The Abduction
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3:02
6
The Motivation
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4:06
7
The Wretched
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4:05
8
The Family
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3:09
9
The Confrontation
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3:36
10
The Eradication
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3:21