About That Life

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About That Life
About That Life, Album Art from Razor & Tie[1]
Studio album by Attila
Released June 25, 2013
Recorded @ The Foundation Estate / 37 Studios
Genre Deathcore, nu metal
Length 37:36
Label Artery
Producer Joey Sturgis
Attila chronology
Outlawed
(2011)
About That Life
(2013)
Singles from About That Life
  1. "Middle Fingers Up"
    Released: 2013
  2. "About That Life"
    Released: 2013
  3. "Shots for the Boys"
    Released: 2013

About That Life is the fifth full-length album by American metalcore/deathcore band Attila. The album was released on June 25, 2013, through Artery Recordings. It is the band's third release on the label.

The album is the second by the band to be produced by Joey Sturgis, who has previously worked with such bands as The Devil Wears Prada, We Came as Romans, Asking Alexandria and Miss May I.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The album has been met with mostly negative reviews. Critics panned the CD on a number of fronts, from the musicianship, production, and lyrical content.

MetalSucks says "Totally obsessed with superficial bullshit, Chris 'Fronz' Fronzak seemingly can't help but leave a trail of douche slime everywhere he goes."[2][3]

Allmusic states that "About That Life, from Southern-fried party-metalcore outfit Attila, sounds a little like Hinder, G.B.H., and Disturbed gave birth to a stillborn child and then had Fred Durst reanimate it."[4][3]

Metal Injection says that one of the songs off of the album is "the worst thing I've ever heard. Clearly, the guy who wrote these lyrics must have attention deficit disorder."[5][3]

Decibel writes that "Attila are one of those party douchebag bands who add dance beats, homophobia, misogyny, and rapping skills whiter than newly fallen snow to down-tuned junk metal, and guys to perform inane, generic, sterile chugcore just so the singer can get his rocks off on weird fantasies where he's a badass bitch-fucker."[6][3]

Alternative Press says "Some bands are so breathtakingly stupid they tumble forward into a kind of genius."[7]

The Westboro Baptist Church has scheduled a protest against the band in response to the song "Callout," whose lyrics include "Hey, Westboro Baptist, fuck you too. Come and protest this dick, faggots." The WBC Fliers Twitter account tweeted "Due to special invitation from @FRONZ1LLA, Westboro Baptist Church to picket deathcore band @ATTILAga in Bonner Springs, KS @CWAKC on 7/23."[8]

Despite the harsh reviews, Artistdirect reviewer Rick Florino says About That Life "is a fucking blast. It's [a] beer-cracking, skull-snapping, and ass-shaking good time from Atlanta's wildest crew."[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

About That Life had the highest number of first week sales of any Attila album to date with 14,271 albums sold. It debuted at #22 on Billboard 200, #5 on Billboard's Independent chart, #4 on Billboard's Hard Music, and #5 on Billboard's Rock chart.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Middle Fingers Up"   2:37
2. "Hellraiser"   2:56
3. "Rageaholics"   3:00
4. "Backtalk"   3:04
5. "Leave a Message..."   0:47
6. "About That Life"   3:06
7. "Thug Life"   2:47
8. "Break Shit"   2:59
9. "Gimmicks and Lies"   1:09
10. "Callout"   2:29
11. "Unforgivable"   3:22
12. "Shots for the Boys"   2:41
13. "Party with the Devil" (Re-Record) 3:19
14. "The New Kings"   3:20
Total length:
37:36

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ [2][dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e "ATTILA - Timeline Photos". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  4. ^ James Christopher Monger (2013-06-25). "About That Life - Attila | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  5. ^ "The New ATTILA Song Is The Worst Thing I've Ever Heard (This Week)". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  6. ^ Decibel Magazine, July 2013 issue
  7. ^ "Attila - About That Life - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  8. ^ "WBC Fliers (WBCFliers) on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  9. ^ "Attila "About That Life" Album Review — 4.5 out of 5 stars @ARTISTdirect". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  10. ^ "About That Life - Attila". AllMusic. 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2013-06-24.