It would be so easy to slap a big fat zero on 30 Second To Mars’s latest single and be done with it. Surely there’s no need to actually listen to a post-hardcore band fronted by Requiem For A Dream star and straight-man’s safe-wank Jared Leto to know how it will sound? Well ignorance isn't always bliss, as although 30 Seconds To Mars fall far from breaking any boundaries or writing a classic, 'Attack' is a perfectly listenable song.
From its interesting minor-key synth-electro introduction through to its near-anthemic chorus, 'Attack' is surprisingly catchy, and Jared Leto's vocals are stronger than would be expected. Sure, they follow the paint-by-numbers sigh-to-scream formula and deliver only the most predictable of angst-ridden lyrics to a tee, but they sound a lot less-forced than those of many a fellow emo compatriot and accompany the crunching guitar work perfectly.
If they could strengthen their songwriting further, and shrug the plastic-coating production that seems to smother every American post-hardcore release, then 30 Seconds To Mars could be an interesting prospect. Let’s hope they take the few distinguishing elements from this effort and build up from there.
6Jordan Dowling's Score