On the other side of the coin, I’d like to begin with the origins of this concept. This music was born in the late ’70s in the West, with two geographical landmarks: the UK and the USA. It was soon recognized by the entire planet, leaving its mark on history representing a culture rather than just music. Those who originated this music poured so much of their own lives and personalities into this specific style, and it was their authenticity and credibility in their stories that resonated with many others, transcending languages and cultures. Lemmy Kilmister, as a pioneering example, played the music he lived, told the story from Lemmy Kilmister’s eyes. He chose to live that way while having his reasons, and today we have bands like Wasted Maniacs thanks to his influence. While I have immense respect for the music in the record “Attack of the Pack,” it was also one of the most challenging listening experiences for me, and I have my reasons.
First and foremost, the work lacks authenticity. I couldn’t shake off the feeling that I am listening to music that was written, recorded, tuned, performed, and produced in the same way, with the same understanding, countless times before. What truly uninspired me was that the band doesn’t venture beyond the boundaries of what we’ve heard for the last 50 years. Moreover, I couldn’t discern any distinguishing characteristics in its visuals, sound, compositions, atmosphere, or its musical foundation.
Additionally, I’ve found the album lacking aesthetics from top to bottom, and this opinion was largely influenced by its sound character. The instrumentals were performed and tracked in an unprocessed way, which is admirable, yet it doesn’t result in a good guitar tone, drum tone, or vocal tone. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed by the lack of taste in the characterization, which played a significant role in my listening experience.
Lastly, the album didn’t resonate with me in terms of its subject matter. It’s 2023, and these stories were originally told by those who lived the lifestyle and created its music. I think the main problem in this case from my experience was that, these gentlemen didn’t imagine a concept with pieces of what makes them special, rather tried to fit themselves into a shape that doesn’t fit them very well.