Written by Alex Stojanovic
Get It Out
Part Of Me
Talk To Me
All There Is
Booze & Cigarettes (Bonus track)
Tell The World (Bonus track)
Here Again (Bonus track)
Release Date: January 18, 2019 / Label: Megaforce Records
Frank Bello - Lead vocals, bass & guitars / David Ellefson - Bass & guitars / Jeff Friedl - Drums
Jonah Weingarten - Keyboard intro composition
It was back in 2014 that we got the first taste from Altitudes & Attitude, the new side project featuring David Ellefson of Megadeth and Frank Bello of Anthrax, when they released a self-titled, three-song EP. In between all the recording and touring with their respective bands and other side projects, the two have been writing music for a full-length debut album, which after four years of writing, is ready to be released. What Altitudes & Attitude manages to capture is the other musical side of Ellefson and Bello that you wouldn't hear on Anthrax and Megadeth records. It's more of a classic rock sounding record, so if you're expecting to hear thrash metal, complex compositions, epic solos, and rampaging riffs, you're not going to get any of that, but simple, straight-to-the-point rock songs.
Some of the highlights include "Late", "Out Here", "Cold" and "Another Day" because when it comes to hooks, in the vocals or music, these tracks in particular seem to contain the most memorable hooks on the album, but then again, there's a hook or two to be found in each track. I do wish however, that the music contained a little more dynamics. Each song seems to follow the same melodic terrain, and a majority of the riffs are chord-based, which makes the songs seem to have a melodic punk vibe to them. Not saying that's bad, it's just an observation. Do I like the album? Of course. Did it blow me away? No. However, blowing everyone away wasn't the goal with this album for Bello and Ellefson, but to release the music that has been sitting inside them for so long that they never had the chance to get out anywhere else. Some songs are certainly better than others, but Get It Out does more than enough to satisfy my craving whenever I feel the need to listen to something that's not heavy.
Highs: Great hooks, fine vocals, very enjoyable songs.
Lows: A little more dynamics would've been preferred.
Final Rating: 8/10