Most punk zines start out like Attack--small, sloppy, things put together by a handful of friends--but as most zines grow they become more "professional". The zine gets bigger, the layouts get cleaner, the writing gets better, the "staff" grows, and the focus invariably wanders. Not so with Attack--they got bigger without losing any of their initial amateurishness. If you put a random page from the first issue side by side with a random page from the last issue, I doubt you'd be able to tell the different. From the early days of hardcore thrash to the birth of crossover metal and the nascent grunge scene, Attack remained unchaged--a living embodiment of the punk zine archetype.

The reason for Attack's consistency is almost certainly because the same crew of people were involved with the zine from start to finish. Sure, there were guest writers here and there, plus the occasional contribution from LA, Texas, or DC, but the focus was always firmly on uderground art and Seattle's nascent, growing, and finally dying "noise punk" scene.

This isn't the best zine to come out of the Seattle by any stretch, but it's definitely one of the most memorable.

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