They’re certainly getting their ideas out
As a side project from David Ellefson, member of the heavy metal band Megadeth, and Frank Bello, member of the heavy metal band Anthrax, Altitudes & Attitude has gained momentum. In 2013, the two notable bass players decided to come together and write music.
Shortly after forming the rock band they released an EP of three songs in 2014 titled the same name as the band. All three songs can be found on the new album. Even though five years have passed since they produced any music, their first full album, Get It Out, shows that this wasn’t just a one-time thing and that they have more to offer. With Jeff Friedl from A Perfect Circle on drums, the band composed an album full of recognizable hard-rock tracks. Having the two co-founders come from heavy metal bands, the different atmosphere and vibe created in this album is noteworthy.
As first albums go, Get It Out is not anything earth-shattering, yet it is filled with well-written songs and has beautiful guitar skills displayed throughout. Ultimately, this side project allows them to explore other avenues and styles aside from what they’re used to performing and what fans have come to expect from them. Throughout the 12 songs, each guitar riff and solo is powerful. With 60-plus years of experience, along with outside artists appearing on tracks such as Ace Frehley, Gus G and more, it’s no wonder why the guitar shines in each song.
Also, “Leviathan,” the only instrumental piece, proves that vocals aren’t necessary to be a highlight track on the album. One minute the tempo is slow and the next, it picks up, and if people aren’t listening closely, they’ll miss it. But that isn’t a problem for this track because it demands attention right from the slow, inviting beginning, to the melodic middle that picks up speed and slows down again for the finish.
Another guitar-shining song is “Here Again,” in which the guitar solos dominate and, in this case, overshadow the vocals in a positive way. Power to the prowess of the members’ controlled skills and finding the right people to help this album live.
Overall, the album may not be revolutionary or exude originality, but it’s a great start to something new and gives Ellefson and Bello a creative outlet. Hopefully, it won’t be another five years before the next album.