Attack Attack!’s self-titled album was, for the most part, a horrendous display of metalcore. Repetitive breakdown after repetitive breakdown counterbalanced by a poor use of electronics and auto-tuned clean vocals, the album was one of the worst of last year. Soon after its release, clean vocalist/rhythm guitarist Johnny Franck left the band, leaving Caleb Shomo to perform both vocal duties. “The Motivation,” the first single off of their upcoming album This Means War, proves that this is both the best and worst thing to happen to the band, as Shomo’s annoying and confusing high-pitched yells soil his fantastic singing voice.
“The Motivation” contains absolutely no discernible trace of auto-tune or electronics, and that is its best quality. The problem is the band is trying too hard for a more djent sound, which would be fine if they could pull it off. However, mixed with the synth-y poppy chorus, it just comes off as silly and uninspired. Still, this is hardly a terrible song; Shomo’s clean vocals and the overall catchiness make “The Motivation” one of the best songs Attack Attack! has ever made.
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