Attik Door resurrects No Doubt style sound with new alt rock album
Attik Door, a hard rock musical group out of San Francisco whose band members all come from the various corners of the former USSR, released their second album Never In Agreement on Feb 7. Though personally I am not drawn to heavy metal or hard rock, there’s something incredibly enticing about the juxtaposition of lead singer Liana Tovmasyan’s almost pop sounding vocals on top of intense riffing guitars. Former fans of No Doubt will delight in the sounds of Never In Agreement since the album sounds similar to Tragic Kingdom with a rougher edge, less pop and perhaps a little less whine compared to the mid-90s album.
The second track “Bleed” starts off with some guitar that reminisces a little of Rage Against the Machine, with quick lyrics, almost rap like, during the verses. The chorus is catchy with backup vocalists complimenting Tovmasyan with a “heyheyhey.” The song continues with powerful guitars that are somehow not cheesy, perhaps because of my own inexperience with hard rock.
“The Front” really rides on a smooth bass line that’s almost a dark funk sound, and later changes to a more choppy vibration. The “oooooh yea” in the chorus is complimented my matching guitar strokes. Unfortunately the guitar starts to become predictable as the song goes on.
The album takes a shift with the song “California” with a more pop or ballad feel, stepping away from the hair rock sound. The similarities to No Doubt really come out on this track, perhaps because of the slower tempo
The cleverest named track on the album “Snorting Headlines” takes the energy back up to a heavier feel with more traditional rock techniques. The staccato strum of the guitar during the chorus really reminds me of late 90s alt rock. Then the song “Cyber World” continues the heavy 90s rock sound in a similar fashion.
“Kosmos” opens with a lighter, more airy guitar sound, until a second guitar picks up a heavier riff more representative of Attik Doors’ hard rock essence. The two guitars play off each other well throughout the song.
The groovy bass line in “Spinning Out” starts out the song by creating a James Bond-ish feel. Then the guitar picks up the riff started by the bass and the songs concludes with a short more chill interlude near the end of the song.
“Moody” opens with guitar strums that sound very epic 80’s rock. The vocals are particularly No Doubt-esk and the rhythm feels more poppy that most of the rest of the album. The pop feel is brought full circle when the song ends soft and sweet, despite that the lyrics seem to be a poke at someone for being emotional.
At first opening with syncopated guitar plucking sounds “Time” very much like No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak”, then the second guitar moves into a more epic wailing. As this plays out, there’s a sudden shift to head bobbing rock. The song finally ends Never In Agreement with a drawn out guitar stroke.
Overall, especially considering I’m not personally very interested in hard rock, Attik Doors’ debut is really engaging and lively. The melding of intense guitars and drums with Tovmasyan’s striking vocals creates powerful anthems that resonate deep and are surprisingly danceable.
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