‘Warheads Ltd’ is the fourth album by Attica Rage who are a heavy rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. Now signed to Off Ya Rocka Recordings, the home of bands such as The Quireboys and Bonafide; Attica Rage were formed in 2003 by brothers Richie Rage (drums) and Johnny Parr (vocals/guitar) and released an early EP in 2005.
The line up was completed with Steve Bell (guitar) joining the band in 2007 and then the arrival of bassist Matthew Ward in 2014. The band have over the years built up a global fanbase supporting the likes of; Black Label Society, Testament, Saxon, Skindred, Diamond Head and Armored Saint. As well sharing festival bills will the likes of Judas Priest, Slash, Blind Guardian and WASP.
Being three and a half years since their last album ’88MPH’, which consistently received good reviews, this latest release has been eagerly anticipated.
If I am honest I had heard of Attica Rage, as they were on the bill at High Voltage festival; but I had actually never heard any of their stuff. Upon hearing the album teaser on Youtube I jumped at the chance to review it, and I am so glad I did.
Produced, engineered and mixed by vocalist/guitarist Jonny Parr, with the drum tracking and final mastering added by Roddy Macaudio. ‘Warheads Ltd’, is a 10 track album lasting 44 minutes; which is full of catchy rock anthems with heavy metal riffs and classic ballads thrown in.
Not quite a heavy metal band but so obviously much more than a rock band; it’s clear who they are greatly influenced by, and they are not afraid to show it. With the sound of Black Sabbath, Ozzy and Black Label Society, they also have the brashness of Motorhead and the heavy metal attitude of Metallica, Iron Maiden and Anthrax. If ever there was a band that would appeal to a wide variety of rock and metal fans then Attica Rage would be it.
The second track on the album ‘Falling Down’ was released as a digital single on 6 th May 2016 accompanied by a video; which features two live bonus tracks, ‘Killer Carousel’ and a cover of the Motorhead song ‘Overkill’ as a tribute to the late great Lemmy who passed away last year.
Stand out track for me was the title track ‘Warheads Ltd’, its heavy guitars and thumping drums, appealing more to my heavy metal side but every track has its own merits and there is not a bad song on the album, including the instrumental.
The band, who have a “solid reputation for energetic and powerful performances” will be going on tour in the autumn of this year and I hope for one, to catch them at The Black Heart in Camden.
Attica Rage 2016 Tour Dates
16/07 MANCHESTER SOS Festival 2016
28/08 NORTHWICH Rockwich 2016
29/09 NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Head of Steam
30/09 WORKINGTON Carnegie Theatre
01/10 MANCHESTER Rebellion
15/10 LIVERPOOL The Krazyhouse
21/10 DUBLIN On The Rox
22/10 BELFAST Limelight2
28/10 GLASGOW O2 ABC2
03/11 LEICESTER Duffy’s Bar
04/11 CAMBRIDGE Portland Arms
05/11 LONDON Black Heart, Camden