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Madina Lake - Attics To Eden
In 2007, Madina Lake won the Kerrang! Award for Best International Newcomer. In 2008 they were asked to cover ‘Caught Somewhere In Time’ for the tribute album Maiden Heaven: A Tribute To Iron Maiden. This release also featured bands like Metallica, DevilDriver and Machine Head, but Madina Lake isn’t even half as metal as one of the band members’ mothers. Why I’m writing about these guys? They just make great, catchy alternative rock / pop punk that even metalheads can enjoy.
The first step to fame came after the twin brothers Nathan and Matthew Leone won a special edition of the game show Fear Factor, Twin Fear Factor. With the price-money, they had enough to finish the recordings of a demo. Roadrunner Records was impressed and signed these pop-punkers. This cooperation between RR and Madina Lake earlier resulted in their debut album From Them, Through Us, To You and now in their second full-length Attics To Eden.
According to the information I read about these four Americans there is a concept about a missing girl in a village in the 1950s, but honestly that doesn’t matter. They make chart-friendly music and they are masters in it. The up-tempo pop punk songs are easy to sing along, have melodies that get stock in your head for what seems to last forever and now and then they vary this with beautiful semi-ballads.
It’s not a record you put on and intensively listen to, but it’s perfect for when you’re working, writing, driving or whatever. Although probably almost every single track would do great in the charts, I hope they don’t make it that far… Not because I think they don’t deserve it, but because of the fact that you will definitely get sick of Madina Lake when you’ll hear it every hour on every radio station possible. Great album for when you’re in the mood for something more peaceful than Slayer, but with some more airtime it could easily become an overkill.
Madina Lake - Attics To Eden
80/1001Details Roadrunner Records
Released on Friday May 1st, 2009
Alternative Rock / pop punk

Writer @Gilles on Thursday May 7th, 2009

Tags: #Madina Lake
Tracklisting 01. Never Take Us Alive
02. Let’s Get Outta Here
03. Legends
04. Criminals
05. Through The Pain
06. Never Walk Alone
07. Not For This World
08. Welcome To Oblivion
09. Silent Voices Kill
10. Statistics
11. Friends And Lovers
12. Lila, The Divine Game
Line up Nathan Leone – Vocals
Mateo Camargo – Guitar, programming, backing vocals
Matthew Leone – Bass, backing vocals
Dan Torelli – Drums