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Edge Of Attack - Self-Titled

Edge Of Attack
Self-Titled
by Michael "MettleAngel" Francisco at 14 February 2013, 12:15 PM

I have the haunting suspicion that soon everyone will be whispering the name EDGE OF ATTACK once this review is read and widespread. So reach for your box of issues, because tears are about to be shed for the weak. These thawed from the darkness Albertans have been forever preparing to set the world aflame with their crimson reign and the release for Spread The Metal Records. Tuesday February 19th their dreams and date unite.

If you are a fan of SEVEN KINGDOMS or MORTILLERY and their Speed Metal inclinations then these candid Canadians are your keg of beer ready to be served, not spilled, in Hell. Fronted by the inimitable and raucous Roxanne Gordey and powered by the familiar team of belligerent bassist Denver and Guitar mad Jurekk Whipple, and guided by the crush and crunch of Dallas Dyck, this album just gets better with each violent revolution.

Granted, this is nothing novel, or necessary, but it is not without its merit. EDGE OF ATTACK rise above all expectations. The musicianship it top quality, and the production is quite impressive too. The press pack panders them to fans of NIGHTWISH, EPICA, and KAMELOT, but I feel those acts are too generic and limited in their description; especially, when Jurekk kicks in with his Alex “WildChild” Laiho BODOM vocal growls. Listen to “Forever” and see if you do not agree.

Whether it is the aggressive keys which interlace the opener “In Hell” or the obvious “Children Of The Grave” riff opener of “Demon (Of The North Seas)”, which morphs into something else entirely almost Pirate Metal-like. There is something edifying about this debut. Sure, I grant you that “In The Night” and “The Haunting” are not total burners, but the title track and band's namesake is absolute killer, and I guarantee you will be singing along once you hear the chorus.

The incredible solo on “Rise Above” is a total shred fest, incarnate. The epic yet furious closer “Set The World Afire” aspires with a burning ambition, which sears and soars. This is because this quintet know how to employ their friends for some notable guest appearances. Pellek sings on the closing cut with a mad gone world cadence which balances with the music almost perfectly. “The Damned” even includes the grave throat lunge of Ryan Bovaird.

Take my word for it, EDGE OF ATTACK are the next big band to emerge from the frozen wastelands of Northern Canada and make their mark in the Now.

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. In Hell
2. The Haunting
3. Demon (Of the Northern Seas)
4. Take Me Alive
5. In the Night
6. Edge of Attack
7. Forever
8. Rise Above
9. The Damned
10. Set the World Aflame
Lineup:
Roxanne Gordey – Vocals
Jurekk Whipple – Lead Guitars & Vocals
Dallas Dyck – Rhythm Guitars
Denver Whipple – Bass
Trevor Swain – Drums
Record Label: Spread The Metal Records
     


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