EDGE OF ATTACK - EDGE OF ATTACK (Spread The Metal Records)
(Review by Stefan)
A few days ago, Canadian based Spread The Metal Records spoiled me a few promo’s to discuss – meanwhile I wrote down my thoughts on the debut album of Answer With Metal, a very good band from Ontario Canada. Now I’m about to review the new output from Edge Of Attack, a female fronted Metal act also located in Canada. Do not underestimate this country’s Metal movement, remember greats like Anvil, Annihilator, Beehler, Exciter, Sacrifice, Razor, Infernal Majesty, Eidolon to name but a few of a huge list.
Some research on Edge Of Attack’s musical activities told me that this is their third effort featuring female singer Roxanne Gordey for the first time, there is a second female musician present in the band by the name of Denver Whipple who take care of the basslines. The guitarist wears the same surname so I suppose Jurrek is Denver’s brother and excellent lead guitarist full of magic within his fingertips. On a temporary basis, you will hear Jurrek delivering a few aggressive vocal lines as well. Other members are Trevor Swain (drummer) and Dallas Dyck, second axeman. The album also featuring three guest musicians, actually vocalists: Ivan Gianinni, from Italian band Darcloud, Ryan Bovaird is from Canadian based Hallows Die and Pellek comes from UK Metal band Damnation Angels. Trust me on my honor, both the original Edge Of Attack members and guests are deliver the goods!
The band’s overall sound is quite dark but Metal loaded in its purest form! Roxanne’s is a good singer, mostly acting on a lower scale and sounds pretty unique to me. I refuse to compare with other female singers… Roxanne’s throat suits very well with the rest of the band’s way of playing so I’m pleased with that, end of story. Focussed on the overall vocal works, Edge Of Attack’s third, self titled album offers much variations. Fans of high pitched vocals should listen to last song ‘Set The World Aflame’ where Roxanne sings along with Pellek (Damnation Angels)… what a fantastic composition! The way they built up this song is beautiful, enjoy awesome high vocals, fantastic riffings and loads of technical solo’s fully melodious spiced, also the rhythm sections are from a very high level and most pleasant to listen at. A brilliant Epic one with a mighty songstructure (running time: 8+ minutes) that stole my heart right on!
Opener ‘In Hell’ can be categorized within the department of Power Metal with bits of Thrash elements. It brings also the first contact with magnificent guitar works, as a fan of shred tactics… I’m completely satisfied. Actually the entire album is able to blow me away due to so many beautiful, technical guitar moves. This type of guitar wizardry absorbs all my attention to itself, mighty good stuff!
In fact, Edge Of Attack’s third album has not weak moments on board, instead you will be overpowered by the forces of pure Power Metal, sometimes jagged with thrashing elements. Globally seen and all musical elements observed, I would recommend this masterpiece to those into Classic Power/Heavy Metal and I’m sure that defenders of the Italian type of Speed/Power Metal scene will embrace the album with pleasure as well.
Maybe an unknown band for most of you but what the hell, just check Edge Of Attack out via: http://www.edgeofattack.com/ / https://www.facebook.com/edgeofattackofficial and spread the word around. Another promising Canadian Metal band that deserve to be heard in Europe and far beyond. Order the album through: http://www.spreadthemetal.com/
My Points: 87 / 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