The American death metal scene had to wait 25 years to see one of the pioneers of these metal genre on a full tour North American tour. Atrocity, was formed by Alexander Krull in 1985 with a musical root on grindcore that developed into death metal, and eventually would be transformed into gothic metal and with some semi-electronic sound in the side, which gain them the nickname of ‘the metal chameleons’.
Atrocity‘s are no strangers to the metal scene as they were a fundamental part of the development of death metal, even they took on the road bands like Carcass & In Flames back in the day when they were new to the scene. For unclear reasons and swings of fate, Atrocity never made it to the US during the 80’s or 90’s. So when it was announced that they were part of the American Noir Tour 2014 featuring Moonspell & Leaves Eyes, It was clear that it was a show that I had to see.
Atrocity took the stage around 8:30 pm at Joe’s Grotto in Phoenix, AZ in front a full house eager to see them for the first time, while others were puzzled about who they were. Atrocity opened with Pandemonium, the first single off their latest album Okkult, a real fast and metal as fuck song that left no doubt the power of this band live. They continued their show with Haunted By Demons also from Okkult, now it was time for the classic Fatal Step out of their first album Hallucinations (1985), some of us remembered the song, still couldn’t believe we were witnessing it live. The death metal party continued with March Of The Undying out of Okkult, following that Alex requested two female volunteers to join the band of stage for the Blood-stained Prophecy song out of the Willenskraft (1996) album as they always use gorgeous girls to dance on stage as part of the show. Sure thing, I “volunteered” a friend of mine who found it amusing and rock her ass off on stage to that song.
The atrocity’s show continued showcasing Okkult with Satans Braut and March Of The Undying. For the closing part of their set the surprise was total when decided to play Necropolis out of the Todesshnsucht (1992) album, and Reich Of Phenoma out of the Gemini (2004) album. A couple of musical jewels that presented the multifacetic talent of Atrocity, and how diverse still amazing this band could be live.
In the general spectrum their show was great, even though I personally would love to see older material, like music from Gemini (2000) or B.L.U.T (1994), but I understand that as their first tour and they want to focus more on their current material. However, I loved their show, and I hope they come back with a heavier tour, perhaps with old pals Carcass, In Flames or Hypocrisy.
Before their show I had the chance to talk with Alexander Krull about this first full US tour, Okkult, the double duty of hitting the stage almost every night with Atrocity & Leaves Eyes, and we also weighed on the chances of Germany on the upcoming FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.
America Noir Tour 2014
2/10: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
2/11: Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
2/13: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
2/14: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
2/15: Chicago, IL @ Reggies
2/17: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
2/18: Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
2/19: Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
2/20: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club