Haunting is the word that sticks in my mind after finishing my listening experience to this next album I'm reviewing.
DJ Invasion here once again and do I have a treat for you. As most of you may know by now, when the word thrash and metal are in the same sentence, I'll always be the first in line. My love of the thrashy stuff will never die and the reasoning is due in part to bands like Edge Of Attack.
Straight out of Grand Prairie, Alberta, these 5 fuse a perfect blend of thrash with a thick layer of power metal goodness drenched over top. It's a heavy metal sundae that won't make a single fan fall to a bad music stomach ache. Alberta may be colder than an igloo at this time of the year but E.O.A. sets the world aflame with this self titled classic. In Hell is the first track and it definitely deserves the all important top billing. The video sets a very eerie tone for the rest of the album as it's housed in a huge haunted house. Stage presence is no stranger to the quintet as each member makes you believe that they're here to stay. A particular standout track is Demon (Of The North Seas). The intro harkens back to Children of The Grave and the band makes a very solid attempt at channeling their inner Black Sabbath.
Roxanne Gordey is the lead vocalist but she does split some time with lead guitarist Jurekk Whipple. Roxanne's vocals are almost Christina Scabbia like in the delivery, as she has a beautiful voice but most assuredly some bite to back it up. Jurekk's vocals are growling and impressive but where he really shines is the guitar playing. Musicianship is top notch and I'm really digging the production quality too. Particularly the song Rise Above makes you wonder how many sleepless nights were spent perfecting the excellent guitar sound and shred-tastic solos.
Bassist Denver Whipple adds some heavy tones while rhythm guitarist Dallas Dyck guides the songs in the right direction, adding crunch in all the right places. Trevor Swain sits on the throne and his "kill first ask questions later" mentality sets the drums exactly where they belong. They're as loud and hard as can be and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Spread The Metal Records jumped on these guys and signed them knowing they had a future killer on their hands. It won't be long before this Western Canadian five some breaks out and puts their stamp on the metal world once and for all.
In my book, scores are essentially useless. It's either I love or hate an album, there's not much for middle ground. No doubt about it, I LOVE this album! End of story.
Thanks, Edge of Attack, for showing that Canada has young metal titans too. Also, thanks to Roxanne Gordey for being my next metal crush! Who knew her voice could be as beautiful as her?!
DJ Invasion signing out and as always,