Jun 02

Atrocity – Okkult (2013)

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Germany is well-known for being a power metal superpower, and we have been witness of that since the 80’s with bands like: Accept, HelloweenGamma Ray. But did you know that they also have produced Atrocity, which is one of the most heaviest, dynamic and charismatic death metal bands in the country.

Atrocity‘s musical career has not follow a straight line death metal path, because I guess the same sound might become boring when everyone is trying to follow what you are doing at the moment. So this band had created sounds from fast riffs and blastbeats to the most melodic, symphonic sounds that made every album totally different from what they did on their previous album. This year they returned after 3 years of absence with, Okkult. The first album of a trilogy based on mystical places, conspiracy theories, and macabre stories.

The album opens with Pandemonium a real mixture between heaviness, and symphonic elements, that are the base for how the song will turn up. A real punch of straight forward death metal of the best quality. Death By Metal, is a real treat if you love old school death metal as the song is raw, fast, and you could not be wrong with a song title like that. March Of The Undying, it could be some sort of allegory to the zombie apocalypse, or vampire invasion, but in reality is more of a real hymn of fast riffs and kick ass music, definitely one of the best songs on this record.

Haunted By Demons, is a really catchy song, full of great guitar riffs and interesting ups and downs which make it fresh and dynamic. Murder Blood Assasination, continues in the line of great title songs, this song is fast, but at the same time quite technical with little progressions here and there, definitely one of those songs that totally reflects how dynamic this band can be. Necromancy Divine is a really dark song, full of twists, heavy riffs and a combination of ghostly background vocals that will give you the creeps. Satans Braut, on this song Atrocity gets back to their German roots, as not only the song is totally in German, but it has an  industrial/gothic vibe that fits the intention of the album.

Todesstimmen, Is a mini instrumental piece that keeps flirting with industrial metal. Masaya (Boca Del Infierno) is one of those songs about the unexplained place in Nicaragua, that legend said is a portal to the hell. When Empires Fall To Dust and Beyond Perpetual Ice are softer songs that just like a roller coaster ride, will drop your adrenaline rush and just leave you ready for what is next. La Voisine closes the album as the best song from this record. The story behind it, is full of witchcraft, death and deception. Telling a french 17th century urban legend of a witch that legend says killed hundred of infants. A real macabre story.

Atrocity‘s return to the scene with one of the heaviest albums that the band has done in years. I am totally sure that the next two Okkult albums will be as heavy as this album, but I more intrigued about what other mysteries they will have under their sleeves for the next albums. For now death metal is back in business and business is good.



01. Pandaemonium
02. Death By Metal
03. March of the Undying
04. Haunted By Demons
05. Murder Blood Assasination
06. Necromancy Divine
07. Satan’s Braut
08. Todesstimmen
09. Masaya (Boca Del Infierno)
10. When Empires Fall to Dust
11. Beyond Perpetual Ice
12. La Voisine

Genre: Death Metal

Record Label: Napalm Records

Playing Time: 56 minutes

Line up:

Alexander Krull – Vocals
Thorsten Bauer – Guitars
Sander van der Meer – Guitars
Joris Nijenhuis – Drums



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