|Review: Attacker - The Unknown|
Label: Sentinel Steel Records
Year released: 2006
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: July 23, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Fourth album for Attacker, following 2004's comeback "Soul Taker". Its predecessor was a bit of a grower and quite different from the band's 80s output, but "The Unknown" marks more of a return to form, borrowing more heavily from the band's 80s style and also taking a bit from "Soul Taker", while practically dumping all power metal elements in favor of a more traditional heavy metal sound that nonetheless sounds fresh. You get heavier, crunchier guitars this time around, and I find the drum work more interesting as well. I even detect a hint of "Sleepy Hollow" (one of Bob Mitchell's early 90s ventures) here and there. One thing one immediately notices after one listen is that this album "rocks" more than "Soul Taker" did - that one had more of a mid-paced beat to it, while "The Unknown" rarely gives you much time to rest, save for a few quiet moments scattered here and there. It's overall faster, more in-your-face, more catchy yet avoids sounding "commercial" in any way, shape or form. I'd say more metal, plain and simple. Singer Bob Mitchell also sounds more at home on this one, sounding a lot better than he did on the previous album. The music is more aggressive here and his voice follows suit.
"The Unknown" proves that the guys from Attacker can still deliver the goods. They're not resting on their laurels and managed to deliver one of their best albums (I'm tempted to say "their best" but I'll need a little refresher on the first two albums before going that far!) Hopefully the guys still have a couple of those up their sleeves. If "Soul Taker" didn't do much for you, I strongly suggest you give this one a try. One of the good albums of 2006 so far. One of those albums you'll press Play again even while it's on repeat, just to make sure it doesn't stop.
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