Released: 2013, Spread The Metal
The longer I write for this site the more I’m convinced there is a viral ghost haunting the Metal-Rules crypt deliberately erasing my CD reviews, just to torture me! The self-titled Edge Of Attack album came out in May of 2012 and I could swear I wrote a review! Perhaps I was confused with my talking points/notes for my radio show when I played the band. No matter. What is cool, if not a bit premature is that the band has been signed to Spread The Metal Records (Nova Scotia, Canada) and the label has reissued the self-titled debut album.
Since I own both copies it is kind of fun to compare. Let’s see. New cover art, new packaging, new track sequence; two songs added (the lead off-single and track ‘In Hell’ and ‘In The Night’) and one track ‘Crimson Rain’ dropped. Two members added, and one member dropped boosting the line-up from a quartet to a quintet. Lastly the whole thing has been re-recorded. The first version was good; this one is even better although I would like to have seen lyrics and they forgot to mention the role of each member in the band in the booklet. In fact, come to think of it, the booklet is a bit sparse on info for a trivia hound like me!
Edge of Attack are a very promising young Power Metal band from Grande Prairie, Alberta, a small city of 55,000 in Northern Alberta, a place not traditionally known for it’s Metal. What surprised me was the fact that they managed to get none other than Pellek himself to sing on the album on a track called ‘Set The World Aflame’. That is a major score and I wonder how the Norwegian TV star and Metal god-in-waiting learned of this little band from Alberta! Not only that, Ivan Gianinni of Derdian also songs on a song called ‘Demon (Of The Northern Sea)’. Edge of Attack employs a male-female vocal attack with lots of great back-up vocals as well, especially in the new track ‘In The Night’ where there is a bit of subdued Gregorian chant type thing going under the excellent voice of Roxanne Gordey. The tracks on the album are all well-written, head-banging, Metal tracks. There is a bit of a European influence with good harmony, melodies and solos. The pace is brisk, the riffs catchy and the albums surges along in that very pleasant classic Metal zone.
Edge of Attack is by far one of my favourite bands in Alberta and their debut album is one of my favourite albums of 2012 and now I suppose 2013 as well! I hope the international success and industry interest in Kobra And The Lotus translates into more interest for other great Alberta bands like Edge Of Attack.