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Susperia: Attitude

Susperia: Attitude

Melodic Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.0/5.0

If only this album was being judged on it's cover art alone. Susperia's Attitude has one of the coolest album art I have ever seen. But as the wise man once said 'Don't judge a book by it's cover.' Susperia and it's members have a deep history in black metal. However, Attitude is quite the departure from any kind of black metal. 'Sick Bastard' is the only song to use black metal type vocals. In fact, the album seems to be very vocal centric. Songs such as 'Attitude' and 'Character Flaw,' both of which contain strong choruses, put almost too much emphasis on vocals leaving the lead guitar lacking. Bass and drums pound away in the background of most songs, sometimes containing an interesting lead guitar riff. This pattern offers little variation.

The downfall of Attitude is how utterly uninspiring it is. None of the music is bad, however it fails to bring anything interesting to the table. Out of all of the songs 'Mr. Stranger' is the most complex and interesting. It uses the fast-slow-fast formula to a great advantage. Vocal variation is hardly ever used except in 'The One After All'. This song also features the best guitar solo on the album. However, it and almost every other song, are a bit too similar. Bass and drums are good, creating a heavy atmosphere to backup all the vocal madness. However, even these offer little variation.

Attitude is not bad. It only falls into the trap of being too average. Little changes are present throughout and almost no chances are taken. Overall, the album feels like Susperia is playing it safe. I can only hope they are willing to incorporate different musical styles and other variations to their music next time.

In Short

Attitude is not bad. It only falls into the trap of being too average. Little changes are present throughout and almost no chances are taken. Overall, the album feels like Susperia is playing it safe. I can only hope they are willing to incorporate different musical styles and other variations to their music next time.

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