Attack Attack!: S/T

Attack Attack!
S/T
(Rise)

It’s no small secret that there are some gaping flaws in Attack Attack’s game, but this eponymous release proves that these boys, at least, can play. After the opening tandem of “Sexual Man Chocolate” and “Renob, Nevada” whip your ass into shape with face-melting guitars and gut-busting vocals, the record hits its first snag. “Shut Your Mouth,” the bands pretty much failed attempt at scene-tastic electro-dance-pop, is hilarious and damn laughable, though it’s incredibly unnecessary, especially given its placement on the disc.

But the band plays things smartly, following up that utterly skip-worthy effort with the floor-punching “A for Andrew,” a track brimming with pit-ready breakdowns. Speaking of breakdowns, flip over to “AC-130” which is a two-minute long breakdown that sounds scooped off the cutting room floor of a Premonitions of War recording session.

Following “AC-130” things start to go horribly wrong, as the wheels start to come off Attack Attack! “Fumbles O’Brian” proves that all auto-tuned crunk isn’t created equal, “Turbo Swag” sounds way too much like an I See Stars b-side for its own good, and the album’s closer, “Lonely,” even though Jason Cameron of Bury Tomorrow guests, is Attack Attack! trying their hand at R&B. Enough said.