80 (Reviewed by wavemeister):
'Werk 80', released in 1997 on Massacre records, Metal / Wave
The Great Commandment
Send Me An Angel
Maid Of Orleans
Verschwende Deine Jugend**
* Bonus track
of Digipak edition
** Bonus track of Festival edition
review might cause some controversions. Why?
First...Atrocity is no band of the 80s. Second...they never played music
in a style of the 80s - with this only exception. Last...they´re
reviewed here despite of all the lacks mentioned above.
began their career in 1990, first under the name Instigator. Soon, they
veered the fields from Thrash to Death/Grind, becoming one of the most
interesting and willful acts of this genre.
Towards the mid-90s, another element was added to Atrocitys music, as
some of the tracks featured a distinct edge of Dark Wave. In 1995, they
started a project with the German Dark Wave-band Das Ich, exchanging certain
tracks to be arranged and played by the opposite. The probably best known
result was 'Die Liebe', originally performed by Laibach, and a few remixes
followed. Atrocity began to attract audiences from other genres, and they
played on festivals where 'pure' Metal bands were the last to be expected.
the release of 'Werk 80'. This project picked up some classics from the
New Wave- and Pop-era of the 80s, rearranged and performed in a Metal
And...it worked. The accusations of Metal- and Pop-fans ruining their
favourite music were groundless. In fact, the arrangements of Atrocity
were like fresh infusions, adding a new side to the classics as the tracks
were not 'just covered'. Even the term of 'Crossover' seems not to suit
properly, this album holds it´s own ground.
striking are the vocals of Alex Krull and Liv Kristine Espanaæs
(Theatre Of Tragedy), the decent electronics and strings are just emphasizing
the powerful arrangements.
Each track was treated in a unique way, be it 'Tainted Love' which was
turned into a wild emotional vortex or 'Let´s Dance' which suddenly
features a very 'German' twist. The only track which is lacking a bit
from the quality of the album is 'Wild Boys', but this is not necessary
Atrocitys fault - other bands, even from the electronic genre, failed
there before. And, the track 'Deutschmaschine' is the 'little runaway'
from this concept, as it was originally from the And One-album 'I.S.T.'
which was released in 1994, nonetheless fitting the selected tracks.
But, the originals were never 'destroyed', they´re now 'made' for
a wider audience.
'Werk 80' is one of the most ambitious works of the recent years, breaking
borders without cottoning to the Crossover genre. A definite must for
the lovers of the unusual and a good occasion to drop some typical prejudices.