Fresh in the inbox for this new year is the debut offering from Altitudes + Attitude, Get It Out. Altitudes + Attitude is the brainchild of Big 4 bassists Frank Bello (Anthrax) and Dave Ellefson (Megadeth). With a veritable who’s who of the industry along for the ride, the album boasts a list of contributing musicians a mile long. Some of the notable names are Ace Frehley (Kiss), Christian Martucci (Stone Sour), Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle, Devo) and Nita Straus (Alice Cooper).
Don’t be mistaken, this is not a thrash heaven selection when you consider the IP behind the writing; what you’ve got here is more a good selection of melodic hard rockers in the vein of Foo Fighters, Van Halen or Stone Sour. Both Bello and Ellefson handle bass, rhythm guitar with Bello additionally doing a solid job on the vocals. The album kicks off with the up tempo, title track, Get It Out which has enough hooks in the opening riff to drag me in.
From there Get It Out follows a very tried and true method with nothing that is massively ground-breaking. But in saying that, all the tracks all do have their high points. I think that each track has more than enough hooks to hold interest for anyone who likes their hard rock. The song writing is solid and the lyrics well thought out. Both Bello and Ellefson offer a very different side to what you would expect given what they’re known for in their mains band. The more I listen to it, the more I am finding within.
The album’s guest artists certainly leave their mark with their additions. The solos on Part of Me by Nita Strauss just show how damn good she is. Lead and melody from Christian Martucci on Get It Out is of high quality. Ace Frehley shows his chops on the anthemic Late. Fellow Anthrax band member Jon Donais (Shadows Fall) provides the blazing guitar work on Out Here, a song that deals with Bello’s abandonment issues when his father left without warning as a ten year old.
Get It Out is a really solid album and has enough for anyone who is a fan of good hard rock. The album was released on January 18, 2019 through Megaforce Records. I can see the tracks easily transitioning to the live arena and A&A will get the chance to show that later this month. Dates for an UK / Europe tour as supports to Slash with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have been booked in.