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Werk 80 Vol.1 - Atrocity

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Hardcore / Artist: Atrocity / Audio CD released 1997-10-27 at Massacre

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      31.01.2008 12:47
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      Atrocity's seventh album (1997).

      Atrocity's seventh album is a bit of a cop-out and a bit worthless generally, consisting entirely of the German industrial band's own takes on pop hits of the 1980s. While this will undoubtedly make it their most popular album to the general public, I always look down on such things as rather feeble attempts to sell music based on novelty value alone rather than anything truly creative, and although Atrocity obviously go some way towards making the songs their own, the listener really is left with very little clue as to the band's customary sound.

      The most positive thing that can be said about this release is that the style is fairly similar and consistent throughout, despite the occasionally different styles of artists being covered (which isn't all that much variation in essence). The music isn't particularly heavy as Atrocity has ceased to be a death metal band by this point, meaning that the whole thing is carried off in an industrial style quite fitting to the electronic pop stylings of the originals, the drums in particular largely remaining unchanged between the decades. The only clues that this is a rock band are the scratching guitar riffs present in most songs, becoming more pronounced and genuinely dominant for the only time in 'Send Me an Angel' and 'Don't Go,' and the vocal style that alternates between male and female singing and is frequently performed in a slightly gruff rock style most prominent in 'Rage Hard,' before largely reverting to a more spoken style revealing of the German accent.

      None of these covers are truly inspired or creative, the very few songs that I was previously familiar with being given a fairly basic industrial rock treatment that perhaps doesn't go far enough, so there really is very little point to this release unless you happen to be a massive fan of both genres and are interested in the combined effect. Most songs are mellow, something aided by the authentic but slightly reduced keyboards and the presence of cello, and in fact the only times the band seems to genuinely be having fun with the recording are in the greater rock performance of 'Tainted Love' and 'Don't Go,' the rest being disappointingly loyal imitations of the original (especially the David Bowie song). I'm not a fan of covers at the best of times, and this doesn't represent the best of times.

      1. Shout (Tears for Fears)
      2. Rage Hard (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
      3. Wild Boys (Duran Duran)
      4. The Great Commandment (Camouflage)
      5. Send Me an Angel (Real Life)
      6. Tainted Love (Gloria Jones)
      7. Der Mussolini (D.A.F.)
      8. Being Boiled (Human League)
      9. Don't Go (Yazoo)
      10. Let's Dance (David Bowie)
      11. Maid of Orleans (O.M.D.)

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Shout
      2 Rage Hard
      3 Wild Boys
      4 Great Commandment
      5 Send Me An Angel
      6 Tainted Love
      7 Der Mussolini
      8 Being Boiled
      9 Don't Go
      10 Let's Dance
      11 Maid Of Orleans