German metalcore outfit War From A Harlot’s Mouth, who since 2013 have been on an indefinite hiatus, have come out via Facebook today and claimed via a statement they’ve posted that Atlanta deathcore troupe Attila have stole and copied an idea that they have in one of their songs and have decided to use it in theirs.
The Attila song in question, titled ‘Obsession’, is taken from their recent full-length ‘Chaos’, and features a machine gun-style rhythm of a breakdown during its intro. WFAHM claim that this is a copy of a similar breakdown taken from a track that they put out almost a decade ago, titled ‘If You Want To Blame Us For Something Wrong, Please Abuse This Song’, which comes from the band’s 2007 full-length, ‘Transmetropolitan’.
The post made by WFAHM addressing this can be read in full below:
“The undoubtedly most mentally challenged band on planet earth, Attila, blatantly ripped us off.
Not that I’m surprised that these imbeciles can’t write music of their own, but unfortunately for them, they picked one of our most widely known songs: ‘If You Want to Blame Us…’
They also made a follow-up post to clarify their position and stance on the matter a few hours later, which can be read below:
“The issue is not that this caricature of a band called ATTILA used a machine gun sample somewhere in a song. A million bands have done that before and after us – Into the Moat for example, which we love!
The issue is that we took a machine gun sample, chopped it up and puzzled it back together in a specific rhythmic pattern, to play along with the instrumentals – which they ripped off pretty much entirely.
Didn’t think I had to explain the obvious, but since we’re talking about a lazy ass, single-digit IQ band here, it probably comes with the territory.”
If you want to compare and generate an opinion on this yourself, you can stream the two band’s respective tracks below:
The breakdown in this song runs from 0:00-0:12.
The breakdown in this song runs from 0:48-1:22.
At the time of writing, Attila are yet to comment on the situation. It’s also understood that no legal action at this time has been taken.