by Kalen Baker
For fans of: Raven, Exciter, Budgie, Anvil, Triumph
LunAttack is a hard-rocking speed metal band from Calgary. Frontwoman Faith Shadlich (A-Bomb), drummer Carly Brown (Augurium) and bassist Kamen Proudfoot. They’re really all in on bringing the 80s back in Calgary in a similar fashion to the Toronto hesher scene with bands like Skull Fist and Axxion. They’re a very fresh band, only being formed in 2019 . But in that short amount of time they’ve been very hard at work forging their name in steel. They’ve played a solid amount of shows in Calgary, Edmonton and a few appearances in our neighboring province of B.C.They’ve already had the opportunity to open for big names like Ross the Boss, Riot City, Traveler, Spirit Adrift None of the members of LunAttack are new to the music scene. Each of them have their fair share of experience playing in other projects. They bring their shared enthusiasm for old school rock n’ roll together with a variety of different sounds such as speed, thrash, blues, hard rock and prog rock.
The music is very high energy and riff focused. There’s a level of progressiveness inspired by their 70s rock sensibility that contrasts the speed metal sound that’s prevalent in most of their tunes. Faith really shows her strong attachment to her instrument of choice throughout all their music. You can tell how much she believes in the power of rock guitar. Whether it’s tight, aggressive heavy metal riffing or groovy blues played with a hard rock attitude. The bass parts played by Kamen Proudfoot compliment the riffs by both accentuating the rhythm and adding passing tones that fill out some of the space between chord changes. He plays strong and tight with the drums in a very NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) fashion. Drummer Carly Brown does a great job catching up with the speeds played by the guitars. The drums also feel really fleshed out with lots of different grooves and fills that compliment the multitude of different riffs and sections. There’s a lot of movement in their songs so it’s not just constant thrashing.
The two singles they have out sound rad and are a solid start to their career. The band’s good sense of “having-a-good-time” is really apparent on Canadian Corruption. With lyrics referencing Canadian jargon like “Timmies”,. “Toonies”, and the Montreal record label “Banzai”. Canadian Corruption is jam packed with edgy, aggressive and sometimes dissonant riffs that sometimes remind me of 80s Canadian thrash legends Voivod. Their other single Metal Power is the riff sandwich that showcases a lot of the variety i mentioned earlier. From fast tremolo picked verses, to anthemic sing-along choruses the song worships metal in a similar style to Raven and Exciter. Then, the band takes a turn into more groovy territory, building to a climax that rockets back into the fast verse. The track still has room for more surprises with a bluesy jam that ends the track.
Lunattack is even more powerful and energetic at live shows. I got the chance to see them play and they pack a solid punch. When shows can happen again, you have to go catch a Lunattack show. They have one scheduled in March 2021 opening for Flotsam and Jetsam at Dickens Pub. For now, go find a live video floating around on Youtube and crack a beer! Find their music on your favorite streaming platform or support them directly on Bandcamp!