Thursday, April 9, 2009

MOTD - Attika: An old school power/heavy metal gem from Florida

Mp3 Of The Day

Band/Artist: Attika
Song: The Motherlode
Album: Attika
Style: Power/Heavy Metal
country/location: Melbourne, Florida, US
release: 1988

So whenever a friend or buddy of mine goes somewhere, I always look up metal bands from that area. It's a weird quirk of mine, but often it leads me to awesome bands. A month ago a buddy of mine went down to Melbourne Florida, and as a result of my little quirk I discovered Attika.

This Melbourne Florida based power/heavy metal band was active in the late 80s and early 90s releasing two albums before disappearing into the abyss of time. While they weren't the most original band out there, Attika are definitely worth a listen. The guitarist churns out some pretty sick riffs at points and can shred with the best of them. He's certainly no Yngwie, but his solos are more melodic and slightly more blues inspired than the usual 80s/90s soloist. The vocalist is both unique and bland in his delivery. It's a rock inspired natural style with no falsetto or anything. It's nice to hear someone not trying to be Dickinson or King Diamond. The drummer is pretty good and the bassist comes through doing his thing at points. There are couple quirks to this track like a thrashy solo section that transitions into a country/blues-esc section that morphs back into heavy metal riffing. It's kinda random but pretty awesome. Attika is not a classic band by any means but they certainly are a gem worth checking out.

Attika - The Motherlode