music has gotten so damn serious in the past decade.
Instead of cracking open a few beers, raising
their fists, hollering at chicks, and having a good time, so many bands choose
to whine about their hearts and their hair. Where`s the fun in that?
Thankfully, Atlanta`s Attila haven`t forgotten how to party on their fifth
full-length album and third for Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie,
About That Life. Boasting brutal grooves and a whole lot of bravado, this
is metal at its most raw, raucous, and ratchet. The quintet—Chris
"Fronz" Fronzak [lead vocals], Chris Link [guitar], Nate Salameh
[guitar], Sean Heenan [drums], and KalanBlehm [bass]—incorporate hip-hop flavor
into head-crushing riffs for an intoxicating sonic brew. You can jump in the
pit or shake your booty to it—at the same time.
When they hit the studio with producer Joey Sturgis [Asking Alexandria, The
Devil Wears Prada] back at the helm in 2012, Attila had one goal.
"We just wanted to make a really raunchy album," says Fronz with a
smirk. "Going into it, we knew that there would be a heavy hip-hop influence
so we put ourselves into that mindset. I only listened to ignorant rap for the
month leading up to the album. It`s really heavy rap-influenced metal with some
southern rock thrown in. It`s the soundtrack for a badass."
"Badass" is the most a propos description of the entire collection.
Somehow, Fronz and his cohorts tapped into the crunk energy their native
Atlanta is known for, crafting the ultimate 21st century hybrid of rap and
rock. They`re not making any apologies for it either. The first taste of the
album came with the fiery "Middle Fingers Up". Snapping from a
slippery rhyme into a bruising beat, it`s an irresistible anthem doused in
"It`s our intro," he goes on, "It sets the pace for the whole
album. It`s about using ignorance to your advantage. Either you get it, or you
In many ways, Attila tap into the carefree spirit that rock music has been
about since its inception. That`s what really makes them stand out amongst a
scene that doesn`t know how to cut loose and have a good time.
"We just truly don`t give a ****," he declares. "We do what we
love and we embrace the hate that comes with it. People have this pre-conceived
notion that music has to have some positive message and really deep uplifting
lyrics. That`s totally bullshit. Not everybody in the world listens to music
because they`re depressed. We make happy music for happy people who want to have
a good time. If you want to
party, you`ve come to the right place."
Attila definitely know how to party. After forming in 2005, they rose through
the ranks to solidify their status as the ultimate purveyors of "party
metal". Their explosive live presence made them a fan favorite worldwide
as they`ve shared the stage with everyone from Asking Alexandria and As I Lay
Dying to Suicide Silence and Iwrestledabearonce. Their fourth effort, 2011`s Outlawed,
hit #7 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart, #8 on the Hard Music Chart,
and #87 on the Billboard Top 200 upon its debut. Overall, they`ve sold over
60,000 records so far. However, they`re primed for much bigger things to come
Ultimately, it`s about everybody having a good time along with them. "I
want people to smile and enjoy the music," concludes Fronz. "Music
can get you through anything. If you`re having a bad day, play our album and
head bang. Start a party. Live life!"