Attick Demons celebrates 20 years of playing classic and traditional metal, but there recording output has been sparse. An EP in 2000 and a demo in 2006, the latter eventually becoming their first album Atlantis in 2011. Wow, has it really been that long? Apparently so. Here's the Lisbon band's latest, Let's Raise Hell.
To their credit, Attick Demons haven't attempted to reinvent themselves or their proverbial musical wheel. The band still plays New Wave of British Heavy Metal inspired traditional "keep it true" metal. In this sense, they picked up where Atlantis left off. Attick Demons sticks to tried and true metal formula: twin guitar harmony in riffs and fiery leads, a rumbling rhythm that deliver blistering speed, yet dial back as necessary, and clean and melodic, yet pitched vocals that can go screamo as necessary. Artur Almeida, who has recently been tapped by Iron Mask for vocals, channels Dickinson with ease, actually sounding better than him. And as mentioned in the review of the previous album, Almeida nicks some timbre from Tobias Sammet, yet having more power. One other thing: no freakin' synths.
The music, overall, bracing and power traditional heavy metal. The Circle of Light, Let's Raise Hell, and Nightmares bring riveting and speedy power metal. Songs like Dark Angel and The Endless Game turn on moderation, introduce some lighter guitar, and guide the listener to more epic anthems. Throughout, often starting a song, the guitars lead the arrangements with riffs bold and brisk, and eventually developing into powerful solos. What's heavy metal without fiery solos? Not metal, that's what. Attick Demons is definitely a guitar-centered band and rightly so.
Wrapping it all up rather concisely: For classic melodic heavy metal in the best tradition, Attick Demons and their sophomore album Let's Raise Hell is spot on target, fine stuff, and easily recommended.
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For classic melodic heavy metal in the best tradition, Attick Demons and their sophomore album Let's Raise Hell is spot on target, fine stuff, and easily recommended.
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