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Voices In The Dark-Second Attack
Released: 2011, Twisted Hillbilly
VOICES IN THE DARK is essentially a reissue of the bands independent debut from a couple of years back. New cover art, a slightly modified title, a bit of a lineup shuffle and Attackhead is having a second attempt at the brass ring. To the bands credit they did re-record the thing and add a couple of new tunes. The sound seems a little thin so assuming the re-recorded version is an improvement I wonder what the first version sounded like. Still you have to admire the bands commitment to keep going.
Attackhead are from Southern California and play thrash. Straight up. No frills. That can be perceived as a positive and a negative. On the plus side, thrash is generally a good thing. On the downside the songs on VOICES IN THE DARK are not that strong. The energy is there but the band seems to be going through the motions a bit. I don’t want to slag this album but it’s a bit uninspired.
The vocals in are a bit like Baloff’s but don’t have the same bite. The songs are fast but never really cut loose or get into shred territory. The drumming is conventional and acceptable. The guitars are decent but not amazing. VOICES IN THE DARK is an average album from an average underground band. There is nothing really wrong with this record but nothing that truly stands out, nothing that would set them ahead of the pack or even be able to have them complete with the massive, crowded and competitive world of retro-thrash. For thrash die-hards, collectors and completists only.
2. Voices In The Dark
5. Make Me Suffer
6. Lead the Blind
9. Dark Ritual
10. Waste of Life
Mark Chapman - Vocals, Guitar
George Portoulas - Guitar
Christian Bargados - Bass
Steve Cordero - Drums
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