US Speed Metal the umpteenth: 1988 the second album of ATTACKER was released via Mercenary Records (among others SACRED OATH). And had the band been unlucky with their first album "Battle At Helms Deep" on Metal Blade, the second album was purely bad luck. Both albums couldn’t have sold well, otherwise the band would not have split up without anyone noticing. The music’s quality could not have been the problem, because that one is beyond any doubt.
On "The Second Coming" the axes are not just circling, they are rotating. One riff monster after the other until the neck vertebrae give up. Songs like the furious "Lords Of Thunder" drill you a new hairdo and it continues like that. Be it “Zero Hour” with its unique vocal lines, the slightly progressive "Captives Of Babylon", the varied instrumental "Octagon", the hymn "Emanon", or ...eh, every single song is a hit. Grade A Power/Speed Metal, how we mostly only get it from the US. With John Leone ATTACKER also had a new vocal acrobat, who sounded like a mix of his predecessor Bob Mitchell and a whacko Geddy Lee (RUSH), leaving his very own mark on the record.
Unfortunately this magnificent singer is not among us anymore, R.I.P. Besides an alternative cover artwork the CD also features three songs as demo versions, so that fans of classical US Power Metal need to get this, if you don’t already have!!! (Online February 13, 2006)