Attempted Life – Pangaea (2012)


Hailing from Finland, today we have a trio that delivers quite interesting music that is ridiculously hard to pin down exactly what they play, so we will just say they play Metal. “Panagea” marks the band’s latest EP that features five very different tracks that range from Sludge to Melodic Metal to Groove Metal, and almost everything else. The only consensus we can reach is that the band has that Finish Melodic Death Metal vibe to them in most of the tracks.

Opening with the funky vibe and hard rocking riffs. The harsh vocals only add to the overall confusion of the band’s identity, but they nicely enhance the experience. Switching from catchy riffs to melodic passages it kind of gives the feeling that this track is actually more of a jam-session than an actual song. On a more serious note, “Graveyard Bitch” has a more traditional structure and relies on powerful riffs to create a melodic atmosphere that is sometimes accelerated to mildly aggressive levels.

“Desert Song” keeps things weird with an interesting mixture of Sludgy Melodic Metal with some Thrash elements here and there, weird indeed. Our favorite track of this album is the riff-tastic “Icy Icers” and is very old-school Melodic DM vibe it carries. Of course there has to be some weirdness to this track, and it comes in the shape of some odd sections that sound a bit Metal/Death Core, adding some brief melodic moments that remind us of bands like Omnium Gatherum in their early days.

Ending the release on a high-note with the mellow “Pangaea”, one can really appreciate the band’s ability to craft simple-yet-catchy songs with excellent melodic passages. Being around since 1987 has given the musicians behind Attempted Life a great deal of experience and you can hear it in the very unique and diverse tracks presented in this release. If you are looking for something that has a bit of everything surrounded by an old-school Melodic Death Metal vibe, then this is the release for you.

Band: Attempted Life Album: Pangaea
Label: Inverse Records

Release: December 7th, 2012

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Genre: Metal

Country: Finland

Rating: 86/100

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