Pim B. : Within the world of all things metal copying from others is fairly normal. No cares about the umpteenth Swedish sounding death metal band for instance. When it comes to Attic they regularly are tarred of being Mercyful Fate/King Diamond clones. This mainly because of Meister Cagliostro’s vocals. If you’re being reasonable how many bands can you actually name that copied from the aforementioned acts? Not many. From the top of my head I can name Them, Portrait and Trial as bands that recently released material that clearly is linked to the Danish originators. The fact Attic is also influenced by them is hardly a problem to me. Next to that, their second album, that is released five years after the debut ‘The Invocation’, is a thirteen-song concept-album. Where have we seen that before?
The only thing that counts is quality and that’s exactly what these Germans deliver. In short the album tells the story of a convent where the abbess rules over the nuns with all misery coming out of that. So, a story about the hypocrisy of the Roman-Catholic faith. That’s all I will tell because this is an album you have to discover yourself. The booklet even contains a map of the convent on which you can see what happens where. I did already mention the vocals of Meister Cagliostro are a dead ringer to King Diamond’s vocals. Musically you can hear that influence too but Attic doesn’t plagiarize. You can find more musical influences. It’s more important the band has written songs with a head and toe. The riffs are smooth and the guitarists deliver the goods. It’s as simple as that. ‘Sanctimonious’ is a great heavy metal album and I can only recommend to give this piece of craftsmanship a proper listen.