|Review: Attic - The Invocation|
Label: Van Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: February 17, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.55/5 (90.95%) (42 Votes)
Attic are a German band who are pretty much exclusively dedicated to paying homage to classic-era Mercyful Fate. I mean, the resemblance is so close, and so complete, that it cannot possibly be an accident, and I'm kind of surprised there is not a cover version of "Curse of the Pharaohs" or "Come to the Sabbath" on here. Maybe they thought it would be too on the nose.
The good news is that this is a really good invocation of the glory days of Mercyful Fate. Vocalist "Meister Cagliostro" does a spot-on King Diamond impersonation, and the band didn't quit there, conjuring up some ripping, galloping riffage to accompany him. Cuts like "Join the Coven" or the title track are so good they sound like they could be unreleased Mercyful Fate songs unearthed from somebody's basement (or attic, if you'd rather). This thing is not pure gold, and too often the songwriting is content to coast on the fact that they sound a lot like one of metal's legendary bands, but it is a fist-pumping good time.
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