Reviewed: October 2004
Released: 2004, Independent
Ever since Sepultura exploded onto the world metal scene, Brazil has become more and more of a metal hotbed, especially lately as a haven for extreme death metal acts. Despite being outnumbered by their growling brethren, there are some bands in the country that have chosen to follow the path laid down by the traditional greats from the 80s; bands like Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Judas Priest. Newcomers Attitude Force are one of those bands and SURVIVING IN A HELL is their debut.
Right from the start you can tell that these guys mean business, as “Surviving in a Hell” is a mean ‘n meaty stomper in the classic vein, highlighting the great voice of frontman Ricardo Raitz. Though his lyrics are sometimes unintentionally funny (ex: “the perfume has lost its essence”) and his accent is distracting, the guy has the pipes of a pro. Not to be outdone, the rest of the band shreds their instruments like their 80s idols used to and like so many European power metal fancy boys wish they could.
All of the songs on this disc have something to offer, though a few of them are a little bit too long and could have used an experienced producer to edit them down. The best are the title track, and the groovy “Come My Death”. Aside from the minor quibbles I’ve mentioned, Attitude Force are a promising young band with a ton of potential to offer. I expect big things from these guys.
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