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Buy or die, as they used to say some thirty years ago.

Just when you thought 2012 was an open-and-shut book, up pop Attic with their stunning debut ‘The Invocation’, and it’s back to re-jigging the end-of-year Top Ten once more. The first line-up of what’s now Meister Cagliostro (vocals), Katte and Rob (guitars), Chris (bass) and Roman (drums) came together towards the end of 2010, and infused with a love of classic metal and themes of the occult scored from many horror films – subject matter that drove so many young metallers, back when the Seventies became the Eighties – have devised and delivered a sumptuous feast of prime-time heavy metal.

At the moment, the future of metal seemingly revels in a nostalgic re-invigoration of days when masses were black, virgins were sacrificed and metal was loud, proud and driven by frenetic, demonic riffing. Like a number of contemporary bands, the German five-piece has taken the fast road from the Eighties, and have now arrived at roughly the same classic metal truck stop as the likes of In Solitude and Portrait. Just scan the track list – the dark and foreboding ‘Funeral In The Woods’, the frenzied gallop of ‘The Headless Horsemen’, the sinister ‘Satan’s Bride’: all clichés but all deliciously exciting following their exhumation from their Eighties’ grave. With thick, unyielding riffs, a relentless pounding energy and solos almost ripped from fretboards the most obvious comparisons are with bands like Helstar and, in particular, Mercyful Fate by virtue of their cleverly-paced songs and Cagliostro’s vocals that go from rock ‘n’ roar to banshee wail at the flick of a high-hat.

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‘The Invocation’ certainly nails the whole atmosphere of metal days long past and to help with the illusion it’s a nice touch that it’s been seemingly sequenced more for LP than CD; the nail-bitingly exciting ‘Ghost Of The Orphanage’ closes the first batch of songs (aka side one) and is followed by another intro which gives way to the title track and so what will be the second side of the vinyl version. And do we like that? Yes, we do! If there’s a down side, however, it’s just that having lived through one golden age of songs about Satan it’s getting a bit dull to have Old Nick wheeled out as the primary subject matter yet again. But that’s where these guys are coming from, and it would be churlish to deny them this valuable slice of metal heritage.

Attic aren’t going to change the world – and I don’t suppose they would want to anyway – but they and bands like them certainly make it a much more fun place to be. Buy or die, as they used to say some thirty years ago.

John Tucker

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