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Review: Attacker - Armor of the Gods
Attacker
www.attackermetal.com
Armor of the Gods

Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 34:55
Tracks: 6
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 3, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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New Jersey's own Heavy Metal heroes Attacker have always had a special place in my heart. I have been following the band's comings and goings since the very beginning and throughout its ups and downs, and the band has every time landed firmly back on its two feet.

Since the band reformed for the second time in 2001, it's basically been a positive uphill for them, from one album to the other. The band's two previous albums, 2013's Giants of Canaan and 2016's Sins of the World, both knocked my helmet off, proving to be fine continuums to their past releases.

Before we get their next full-length studio album, the band kindly wanted to offer this 6-track teaser EP, featuring four new studio tracks and two live songs. Naturally, my main interest was on those four new songs. The opening title track just couldn't open the first period any better: it's is a headbanging number with similarly arranged, beautifully flowing dual guitars that both Adrian Smith and Dave Murray have used a lot in Iron Maiden. Up next, we get "Frightmare", which takes a couple of steps toward a meaner musical expression, stepping onto the same dark corner where Metal Church gave a good run for the fans' money on their first two albums. Does Bobby "Leather Lungs" Lucas reminds me of David Wayne (R.I.P.) in the chorus part? I think he does.

"Skinwalker" is another winner, with a truly heavy main riff kicking off the song, while otherwise turning out the most ominous track here with its atmosphere. I cannot help but admire Bobby's strong vocal performance on this tune. Oh man, can he stretch his voice or what. Last but not least, we get one more new song, "Gallows Hill", which is an up-tempo-ish track with some killer riffing through and through that urges you to join the headbanging fest.

As for the two live songs, "World Destroyer" and "Glen of the Ghost", recorded at the Up the Hammers festival on May 26, 2017, they both sound decent and give you an idea of how the band sounds live if you have never seen them play.

This EP really made me hungry for more. These fellows have managed to keep their songwriting pencil sharp over the years, which is rare for any band.

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