ATTIC - THE INVOCATION (VAN Records)
As a fan of good old Mercyful Fate/King Diamond it’s an absolute pleasure to spread the word of German based Haevy Metal band Attic. A few years ago I came in touch with a US band called A Tortured Soul featuring a frontman that could be compared like two drops of water with Mr. King Diamond himself, I was widely surprised! Now, same story to tell concerning Attic… what a band, what a fantastic singer fully akin to the sound of KD and legendary Mercyful Fate.
I received their debut album “The Invocation” through Van Records, a very diverse label featuring a wide range of music styles. They sent me a compilation loaded with all the bands on their roster, unfortunately only two were able to please me as being Dutch Hard Rock band Vanderbuyst and of course Attic. The rest of the bands mostly sound dark but in some ways, some of the featuring acts have nothing to do with my favourite gem called Heavy Metal music! I do not want to complain at all, I’m glad Van Records brought out the debut from Attic entitled “The Invocation”, a fantastic effort shining bright also because of brilliant production!
Nothing but peaks to detect on Attic’s debut “The Invocation” but one thing is for sure, if you don’t like high pitched vocals, this album won’t please you at all. As for me the good, almighty and unforgettable 80s Metal feel arise like if it was yesterday. Meister Cogliostro’s voice might be not original at all, he really stole my heart right away. Talking about extremely, high pitched singers, well Attic’s frontman has been declared as an absolute fave of mine. The resemblance with King Diamond is immense, at particular times I hear some early Rob Halford and Ski (ex-Deadly Blessing/Faith Factor) interfaces as well. My conclusion based on the vocal use only: Attic comes in total darkness as a funeral meeting between early Mercyful Fate, Judas Priest and Deadly Blessing.
An even more tightening feel of 80s Heavy Metal comes from the nice twin guitar tactics. In perfect harmony including a lot of melodic lines… in my opinion, reminiscent to early Trance/Running Wild/ Tokyo Blade or Faithful Breath fame, which is actually a compliment for Attic. If you brings all the individual musical skills of the band together, be sure you will get a fantastic result that feels like an homage to the one and only 80s Heavy Metal movement!
One of our staff named Rico (Officer Nice) is an annual visitor of the majestic KIT Festival in Germany, one of the bands this year was Attic and while reading the review, these Germans deliver a great performance!
As mentioned before, Attic’s new album “The Invocation” is all about outstanding Classic Heavy Metal, as dark and evil as can be and most remarkable fact… there is always a very close connection with the good old days of King Diamond/Mercyful Fate. The use of organs gives an extra, even creepy dimension to the sound of Attic as can be heard on both instrumentals as (short) opener ‘The Hidden Grave’ and ‘In The Chapel’… I’m completely overpowered by cold shivers. ‘Songs like ‘The Headless Horseman’ and ‘Funeral In The Woods’ reflecting everything what Attic is all about. Shrill sounding, high vocals that fully absorb my attention in combination with guitar driven, melodic guitars and related bass & drum works. I will say it again, not original but still FANTASTIC! The track ‘Edlyn’ brings some moments of dark tenderness, all the band’s Heavy Metal forces are reuniting again during ‘Satan’s Bride’ and ‘Evil Inheritance’… a true revival of the ever beloved 80 Metal scene!
The continuation of one of the most charismatic Heavy Metal vocalists ever named King Diamond is insured by Meister Cogliostro, frontman of a superb German act named Attic. “The Invocation’ deserves a place in my personal favourite album Top 20 list at the end of the year. I’m aware of the fact Attic won’t win any price for originality but what the hell… It’s just a great skilled band holding the flag of 80s Metal highly valued! The endless spirit of Mercyful Fate/King Diamond lives on within the ranks of Attic – don’t hesitate and order this amazing effort right on at: www.van-records.de / https://www.facebook.com/atticfuneral
My Points: 92 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & classic ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 89: Decent but better to take a preview first
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard