ATROCITY

Gothic Metal / Death Metal / Technical Death Metal / Metal Related / Melodic Death Metal • Germany
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Atrocity are a German Death metal/ goth metal act formed in 1985 in Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg. The style of music on the band´s first two albums were death metal but from the third album "Blut" (1994) the band began incorporating goth metal and industrial elements to their sound.

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ATROCITY Hallucinations album cover 4.29 | 3 ratings
Hallucinations
Technical Death Metal 1990
ATROCITY Todessehnsucht album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Todessehnsucht
Technical Death Metal 1992
ATROCITY Blut album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Blut
Gothic Metal 1994
ATROCITY Willenskraft album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Willenskraft
Gothic Metal 1996
ATROCITY Werk 80 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Werk 80
Gothic Metal 1997
ATROCITY Gemini album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Gemini
Gothic Metal 2000
ATROCITY Atlantis album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Atlantis
Death Metal 2004
ATROCITY Werk 80 II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Werk 80 II
Gothic Metal 2008
ATROCITY After the Storm album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
After the Storm
Metal Related 2010
ATROCITY Okkult album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Okkult
Melodic Death Metal 2013

ATROCITY EPs & splits

ATROCITY Calling the Rain (feat. Yasmin) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Calling the Rain (feat. Yasmin)
Gothic Metal 1995
ATROCITY Die Liebe (feat. Das Ich) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Die Liebe (feat. Das Ich)
Gothic Metal 1995
ATROCITY The Definition of Kraft and Wille album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Definition of Kraft and Wille
Gothic Metal 1996
ATROCITY The Hunt album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Hunt
Gothic Metal 1996
ATROCITY Massacre's Classix Shape Edition album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Massacre's Classix Shape Edition
Gothic Metal 1999

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ATROCITY Instigators album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Instigators
Death Metal 1988

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ATROCITY Non Plus Ultra album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non Plus Ultra
Gothic Metal 1999

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Blue Blood
Gothic Metal 1989
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Tainted Love
Gothic Metal 1997
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Shout
Gothic Metal 1997
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Taste of Sin
Gothic Metal 2000
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Sound of Silence
Gothic Metal 2000
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Cold Black Days
Gothic Metal 2004
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Smalltown Boy
Gothic Metal 2008

ATROCITY movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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3.50 | 1 ratings
Die Gottlosen Jahre
Gothic Metal 2012

ATROCITY Reviews

ATROCITY Todessehnsucht

Album · 1992 · Technical Death Metal
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"Todessehnsucht" is the 2nd full-length studio album by German death metal act Atrocity. The band left Nuclear Blast Records after the release of their debut album "Hallucinations (1990)", so Todessehnsucht was released through Roadrunner Records in September 1992. The lineup who recorded the debut album is intact. The album was released in America as "Longing for Death" against the band´s wish.

The music on "Todessehnsucht" is rather ambitious technical death metal. The band have sacrificed some of the fierce power and relentless aggression of the debut for a more sophisticated technical approach. Tracks like "Godless Years", "Defiance" and "Sky Turned Red" are pretty impressive seen from a technical point of view. Tracks like "Necropolis" and the Death cover track "Archangel", which is a bonus track on some versions of the album, are more simple and direct in nature though.

The musicianship are on a high level throughout the album. Atrocity were without a doubt one of the most tight and well playing death metal acts in the early nineties. Alexander Krull has changed his vocal style on "Todessehnsucht" compared to his style on "Hallucinations (1990)". While his vocal style on the latter was pretty high pitched and aggressive his style on "Todessehnsucht" has changed to a deeper growling singing style.

The sound production is very different from the sound production on the debut too. "Todessehnsucht" is a self-produced affair and features a rather unique sound. I can´t claim to be very excited about the sound though but it´s professional and most others will probably not find anything to complain about.

"Todessehnsucht" is a high quality release by Atrocity. Personally I miss the fierce intensity of the debut and I will probably always prefer "Hallucinations (1990)" over "Todessehnsucht", but a 3.5 star (70%) rating is still well deserved.

ATROCITY Hallucinations

Album · 1990 · Technical Death Metal
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"Hallucinations" is the debut full-length studio album by German death metal act Atrocity. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in October 1990 and was recorded in June/July 1990 at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida and produced by Scott Burns and Atrocity. "Hallucinations" is one of the early examples of German death metal and widely regarded as a classic European death metal album from the early nineties.

The music on "Hallucinations" is one part blasting deathgrind and one part technical death metal. I remember the album was described as technical death metal back then. The vocals by Alex Krull is not your usual guttural death growls but more a higher pitched aggressive growling style. The musicianship are on a high level and the band handle the many abrupt tempo- and time signature changes in great style.

"Hallucinations" is a concept album. The story is about a girl who is sexually abused by her father starting at the age of 4 (unpleasantly described in the opening track "Deep in Your Subconscius", and I mean really unpleasant lyrics), her emotional problems as a consequence of the incest, her subjection to heroin and the devastating social and emotional problems caused by her addiction. The closing track on the album "Last Temptation" describes her untimely but inevitable death of a heroin overdose. As such a classic social realistic drama theme which have been used before (I´m instantly reminded of the Christiane F. movie), but the lyrics are really well written here and provide an extra dimension to the music. Some of the best lyrics on a death metal release if you ask me. Make sure you have the lyrics at hand when you listen to the album.

The 8 tracks on the album are all high quality compositions and listening to tracks like "Deep in Your Subconscius" and the title track is an extremely rewarding experience. The more direct and brutal "Fatal Step" is also among the highlights. A really Powerful track that one.

The sound production is not without flaws even though it ultimatly suits the music well. It´s brutal and powerful and serves it´s purpose but it´s simply too messy and even noisy at times which takes away focus from some of the really well played technical riffs. To top it off the snare drum sound is somewhat of an abomination. Scott Burns sound productions are a bit hit and miss and for every good one that he made there´s a bad one too. Unfortunately "Hallucinations" falls under the latter catagory. When that is said I´m still able to enjoy the album without focusing too much on the messy sound production.

Despite the sound production issues "Hallucinations" is an excellent debut album by Atrocity. It´s quite unique sounding, the high level musicianship are a great asset, and the concept story works really well. Death metal fans who are only familiar with the later goth/industrial metal releases by Atrocity should take a listen to this one. I´m sure many will be in for a positive surprise. A 4.5 star (90%) rating is deserved.

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