Dead Child, 'Attack' (Quarterstick)

Critical Mass
Label: Quarter Stick

by Josh Modell

It's tempting but ultimately wrong to view Dead Child's Attack -- straightforward classic Brit-metal played by pedigreed American indie rockers -- as a tongue-in-cheek parody. The hearts of these Louisville vets (most notably Tortoise and Slint alumnus David Pajo) seem to pump actual hesher blood. Iron Maiden and Judas Priest are the most obvious, neck-exhausting antecedents, but bits of early Metallica and a thousand forgotten thrash bands also lurk. There's no trace of haughty indie jazz or math rock, but there are a slew of lyrics like "When the clock strikes 12, they'll steal your soul!"



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