Wanton Attack - Wanton Attack CD
This album is nothing but genuine heavy metal maniac insanity. Every second is goddamn crazy, and in the best of possible ways; hooky, melodic, and high-skill, but still off the rails throughout the short playtime of the album even as it embeds itself into my skull more and more with each passing listen. It’s easy to misrepresent a lack of creativity or songwriting as being zany or unorthodox, but weak tricks played by weak bands are always obvious and this is not for a second that: Wanton Attack are the genuine article. Where lesser bands heard Melissa and decided to try their hands at a King Diamond-esque falsetto (and always poorly), Wanton Attack heard the sheer insanity of the songwriting; where the pop-minded heard Awaken the Guardian and were enthralled by the memorability of the vocal lines, Wanton Attack heard the potential to be even more batshit than John Arch.
Is this one as good as your favorite albums from the ‘80s? Probably not, but it’s a hell of a lot harder to compare against them than most modern heavy metal because Wanton Attack forge their own path, and that makes them stand out from the pack without even trying because they were never a part of it. This is the music of real heavy metal warriors following their hearts to the very bitter end and this is the music that everyone should be craving.