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Attila & Dave Project: Illuminated

Black Sabbath on XTC? Stoner rock on uppers? Doom rockers get therapy and take antidepressants? Sure. Why not. The Attila & Dave project (consisting of Attila Medveczky, Dave Stevenson and Rusty Aceves) practice a terribly unique, perfectly unfashionable brand of music that will leave you scratching your head, saying, "Geez, Jim, I don't . . . I don't know that I can rightly classify it, see, 'cause it's, like, so different. But I like it." Sure, you've heard that before and damn if I don't feel like slugging myself with a rubber mallet for using it here but let's face the facts: Every now and again it's true and this is one of those times.

First off, the guys can write some strong lyrics and since you can actually hear 'em singing 'em, you know they gotta be important. Dig the opening lines of the album and, also, the track "The Lotus Eaters": "Honey, ah ah ah/Sweat leaf scent in the air/Sunny, ah ah ah/Eating the flowers in your hair," or later lines such as: "Smoke and mirrors take you in" (in "Smoke and Mirrors," which is not what you think about, though I'll be damned if these boys aren't clever as 'ell for disguising their message so well beneath a cloud of stoner schtick), or even all the lines (no retyping them here) of "The Golden Gates," an anti-religion track (I'm assuming that the guys aren't into religion and the fact that they don't thank God or their church here is probably a pretty good sign as are a bunch of the actual lyrics that I won't go into here) that could teach a few of the most fervent black metallers a thing or two about venom, for further understanding at how good these guys are at what it is they're doing.

The music ain't bad either (lots of dif'rent influences, including a healthy dose of '60s stuff, not just The Beatles, okay?) and you gotta wonder at how the 'ell they keep it all so fresh. I dunno. I dunno but know but I like it. Okay, now there was a second thing here, I'm sure of that. No, wait. A third thing with a second thing that needed expanding upon but, like, I got caught up in the music and forgot. Whatever. It's all good. Great packaging and some really good guitar playing from Dave and, it's, like, not as innocent as it looks but not as threatening as it might sound.

Added: July 19th 2003
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Related Link: Attila & Dave Official Site
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Language: english

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