Reviewer: Eric Compton
I have always think of Atrocity as Swedish and simply misplaced by the storks in Germany. The Ludwigsburg natives have been tolling in the mines since 1985, along the way dabbling in grindcore, traditional death, folk, symphonic and industrial arts. Being honest, I haven’t touched these guys since their mid-90s period. ‘Willenskraft’ (1996) still possesses enough venom and tenacious riffs to sustain me for a lifetime. I don’t think the band will ever achieve that sort of groove heavy sound or formula again, but they try like Hell with new endeavor ‘Okkult’. Who can hesitate the mosh madness of “Death by Metal” with its double bass and vehemently barked vocals? What about the punishing speed metal assault of ‘Masaya’? The band are brimming over with testosterone and metallic genius, yet still try to expand the horizons with the choral arrangements, symphonic backing loop and the industrial elements that leave me more disoriented than impressed.
About this Writer:Eric Compton
// Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.