Rating:
8.0
Edge Of Attack - Edge Of Attack
19 February 2013


01. In Hell
02. The Haunting
03. Demon (Of The Northern Seas) [feat. Ivan Giannini]
04. Take Me Alive
05. In The Night
06. Edge Of Attack
07. Rise Above
08. Forever
09. The Damned [feat. Ryan Bovaird]
10. Set The World Aflame [feat. Pellek]


Here is a cleanly classic yet modern metal debut. From the frigid lands of northern Alberta, Canada, comes Edge Of Attack: 5 young musicians with metal to spare.

Let's call it "speed metal infused U.S. power metal with special attention to melody and atmosphere." Simple enough? No? Tough.

The name Edge Of Attack is most fitting as an album title since it perfectly describes this young band in their current state. They're full of energy, hunger, and METAL, and this record can barely contain them. Even after the vigor of this debut and how it feels to be just bursting at the seams, I still feel like they have so much more to give.

Sure there are flaws, plenty, in fact. But after a few spins you can barely hear the growing pains over the sound of the incredibly fun and dynamic music. Guitars are present, creative, and drive this music home. In such riff-oriented classic metal it is easy for the songs to bleed together and I could forgive a new band for not providing much variety. Thankfully that isn't even a factor here. It's NOT driving tune after driving tune; there is clear variety in tempo, atmosphere, and melodic structure. Each song has a distinct mood and melody that will make its own mark on the listener.

Yet, despite the variety in moods, Edge Of Attack succeeds in the task of being incredibly cohesive, smooth, and streamlined. This combination is probably what has made it so memorable for me over a short time.

Female vocalist Roxanne probably has a lower voice than many of you male readers; it's a traditional metal sound that incorporates just enough femininity into the visceral tone to create something nicely unique. (I learned from interviewing the band that Roxanne used to front a grunge cover band. That made so much sense.) Guitarist Jurekk lends his voice on several tracks, both with thrashier clean male vocals and also with some appropriate growls here and there. In fact, the whole band jumps in to help vocally from time to time on several rocking anthems. I can only imagine how fun that would be in a live setting.

Probably the main problem you'll encounter initially is the mix. It's inconsistent; sometimes the lead vocals are too "in-your-face" and other times the drums are overpowering the other instruments, etc. The imbalances come and go but this rarely detracts from the incredibly fun music, once you get their sound in your ear that is. Perhaps the next album will show increased maturity... or perhaps it'll be more of the same visceral, youthful energy and creative tunes. Either way, this debut shows a band on the edge of something great and I'm excited to see what that will be.

Edge Of Attack comes out Tuesday, February 19th. Check out some of the songs and videos at the band's website and pre-order the album at their bandcamp page.


Band profile: Edge Of Attack
Album: Edge Of Attack


 



Written on 11.02.2013 by
Susan
Susan appreciates quality metal regardless of genre. Metal Storm Staff since 2006.
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schizodelight - 11.02.2013 at 21:07  
I hear a massive amount of Dream Evil in the song "Edge of Attack"

Nice review, I'll toss out the $5 to pick it up.
The Shape 1973 - 11.02.2013 at 21:17  
Its a weird one this is. I can hear a few different influences. Early Metallica in the riffing, Dragonforce (in the video In Hell) in the song structure, Trivium in the song Forever and their own energy as you have mentioned. It is still raw and needs a lot of work as it sounds like the vocals were recorded in a school hall.
I like female vocals in metal, but not these. They sound a bit amateurish and far too simplistic, lacking anything memorable enough for me to listen again.
Are they on the edge of something great? No, sorry. Full marks for enthusiasm though.

Heard Crimson Rain, don't think its off this album. Its more Metallica than Metallica are now.
PhantomLord21 - 11.02.2013 at 21:48  
I actually quite enjoyed what I heard of these guys. I'll probably not be picking it up for a good while, though.
Butters49 - 17.04.2013 at 22:56  
Whoa, I went to Junior High with Doug Whipple...
pretty sweet to see that he's made it with his music.

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