"Game Changer" (Weapon Records/Vanity Music Group; 2021)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Attack of the Rising pay tribute to the great meal of the 80s with "Game Changer." Fans of legendary bands like Testament, Iron Maiden, Anthrax and especially Judas Priest will find something to like here, from the blistering guitars (especially on "Burning Daylight") to the powerufl vocals to the epic-lenghted metalfest ("Fear No Evil," clocking in at over seven minutes).

There's something else about Attack of the Rising and "Game Changer" that's a little harder to put a finger on. It's like the bands mentioned above but it also has a funkier, sometimes alternative sound that gives the tracks an added dimension. Like I said, it's hard to put a finger on but give it a listen and see if you don't agree.

I'm not so sure the album title is accurate because there doesn't seem to be a lot of game-changing going on here but, honestly, that's the last thing I'd be looking for in an album like this. I want it to rock hard from beginning to end and that's what "Game Changer" does. Works for me. Whatever it is, it's intentional because the legendary Bill Metoyer produced it and he knows what he's doing.

Attack of the Rising: Mandrake Lead vocals; Michael Risucci Bass; Billy Sablan Guitars; Tony Lepre Guitars; Chris Lepre Drums, percussion.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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