Attomica
The Trick

Brazil’s Attomica have been around since 1985, stayed around for a bit and then reformed in 2004, went on hiatus again in 2009 and in 2015 came back. I have seen the band logo before but never heard them before. The Trick is their 5th album and they play speed/thrash metal, the way it was meant to be played-with talent.

Opening with “Give Me The Gun”, the song soon gets into a pulverizing thrash speed and the bassist, Andre Rod also is the singer. Christ almighty he does a spot on Dave Mustaine impersonation, just more aggressive, like when Dave first started singing. Actually I dare you to listen to this and close your eyes-I swear to God, you will think Mustaine is standing next to you. The vocals are filled with piss ‘n vinegar.The guitars have a Bay Area Thrash sound equipped with the guitar solos you would come to expect. The song gets into a mid-paced part for quite some time before erupting back into the speedier thrash parts with the guitar solos coming in. I must mention the tune also has some nice little blast beats thrown in, just to lop your head off at the right time-Argos Danckas laying some nice drum fills in along the way. Marcelo Souza (No relation to Zetro-from Exodus), laying a nice bass guitar tone to the rhythm section.

“Feeling Bad” comes in with some mid-paced parts before erupting into an aggressive thrash beat. Nice guitar melodies and the song rages. The bass guitar, I really like, as it is prominent, but it also has a bit of a weird sound too, like a clangy, clackety sound-unsure of the equipment they used, or what, but it sometimes has a tendency to grate on my nerves. Really I wanna know what the hell is going on, but regardless, the thrash is so intense and played so well, I can overlook it.

The album starts out super strong and then the band meanders into more melodic, ballady moments that Testament began doing with Practice What You Preach-the album that made me lose interest in them years ago. Attomica follows the formula of many of the 80’s thrash bands, which is a plus, but I wanted more thrash songs. Granted there are many moments, but the middle of the album and towards the end is filled with too many slower parts, for my liking. “Mistery” ends the song, bringing back the thrash and the singer on this song is Alex Rangel from In Memoriam. He is more melodic, then Andre and Alex actually has more of a German Power Metal voice. The song actually has a power metal edge and was kind of a weird tune to end the album with, but I do think it’s pretty cool.

At the end of the da,y Attomica have released a decent album, in the form of The Trick. A bit disjointed at times, but still well-played and plenty of thrash to smash yourself to. The booklet is well put together to boot. If you’re a fan of Megadeth, Metallica, Testament, I definitely urge you to check Attomica out.

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Written by Frank Rini
June 20th, 2018

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