Do you ever get that heavy suffocating feeling, something reminiscent of thick slabs of concrete moulding their dense matter around your lungs, hammering a blackened beat through your veins, bulging your eyes to a rhythmic pattern? Think of that, along with happy emotions, and the dirty grit of Attalla will caress your ears with aural relief.
The Oshkosh, Wisconsin troupe have been kicking the ass of many a underground rock clubs’ clientele for two years now, and the fruits of their labour can be heard in all its glory of their self-released Black Flag meets The Obsessed self-titled debut LP. Covering all the essential areas of life (the track-listing goes ‘Light’, ‘Haze’, Lust’, ‘Thorn’, ‘Veil’, ‘Doom’) the band have created a sound which fans of stoner, metal, sludge, and punk-rock alike will welcome with clenched fists of joy. Vocalist Cody Stieg shares similarities with Scott “Wino” Weinrich, which is not bad thing at all, as we’ve never really heard Wino do something quite as sludgy as this, and perhaps the fact that the music was recorded on Halloween might account for the eerie depths with which the guitars and drums dare to sink as they pile on wave after suffocating wave of dirty rock.
Attalla have the potential in them to create an album of biblical proportions of heaviness and sonic audacity, the only question is whether the world is quite ready for it. Make sure to listen to Attalla to see if you’re made of the right stuff, you know, the thick, dirty stuff. Fists up!