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Violent By Nature - Atrophy

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Atrophy / Enhanced / Audio CD released 2006-12-11 at Metal Mind

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      31.01.2008 17:27
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      Atrophy's second album (1990).

      Another band emerging from the American thrash trend of the late eighties, Atrophy's career was a brief one that abruptly ended as the nineties arrived and thrash metal went out fashion. It's a good enough album, if lacking originality in the way pretty much all thrash outside of Anthrax, Metallica, Slayer, Testament and Megadeth tends to, and it's the latter band that seems to provide the most inspiration here as otherwise dull songs about childhood are rendered somewhat interesting by an explosion of lengthy guitar solos at the end.

      While I obviously couldn't say whether this band's brief rise and fall was due to financial pressure and a sense of which way the wind was blowing, there's at least some evidence of wise commercial awareness in the structure of this album, which opens with a couple of shorter, simpler and more accessible thrash offerings before upping the ante in the rest of the album by extending songs to around five minutes apiece and filling up all that spare time with extended instrumental sections that end up being the most rewarding part of the album.

      The main songs themselves are okay, getting off to a bad start in the tedious, bored-sounding riffs of the first two tracks before improving for the most part thereafter, and Brian Zimmerman has a powerful thrash voice as well as a name that I'd quite like to have for myself, but the yelled unison choruses unfortunately smack too much of the lousy side of eighties metal to me, lacking the power or coolness of when the same thing is done by punk bands. Chris Lykins' and Rick Skowron's guitars have a nice gritty style, aided by the album's production, and the bass can be heard distinctly playing its important role in this slightly funky, Megadeth-style thrash, but for real thrash fans there's not an awful lot here that's going to inspire beyond a single enjoyable listen.

      1. Puppies and Friends
      2. Violent by Nature
      3. In Their Eyes
      4. Too Late to Change
      5. Slipped Through the Cracks
      6. Forgotten But Not Gone
      7. Process of Elimination
      8. Right to Die
      9. Things Change

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  • Product Details

    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Violent by Nature [Bootleg Video][*]
    2 Puppies and Friends
    3 Violent by Nature
    4 In Their Eyes
    5 Too Late to Change
    6 Slipped Through the Cracks
    7 Forgotten But Not Gone
    8 Process of Elimination
    9 Right to Die
    10 Things Change
    11 Suicide Pact [*][Demo Version]
    12 Product of the Past [*][Demo Version]
    13 Beer Bong [*][Demo Version]