Origin: Germany  
Genres: Death Metal, Industrial
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Last update/review: August 5, 2018

Atrocity

One of Germany's most enduring metal bands, Atrocity deserves a nomination for Most Unconventional Recording Career for a metal band. Having released Hallucinations in 1990, the band was hailed as a death metal innovator, with a rather twisted, dark, technical style molded around a solid death metal base. A solid followup in Todessehnsucht (re-titled, against the band's wishes, as Longing For Death) further solidified their popularity. But it was 1994's B.L.U.T. that started the trend toward unconventionalism -- loosely based on a vampire theme and sounding little like their past work, the album seemed to confuse, and in some cases alienate, fans and critics alike, though in fact the album is quite worthwhile. The succeeding years found Atrocity experimenting in all sorts of areas, with one album featuring the vocalist's sister as guest vocalist (Calling The Rain), another album a collaboration with the German new wave duo Das Ich (on Die Liebe), and perhaps most dramatic, an album consisting entirely of covers of 80's pop tunes (Werk 80), which simply has to be heard to be believed. Clearly not the career of a band afraid to take chances.

Finally, in 2000 the band released Gemini. It might be simplistic to say that any band that sings in German with a techno beat sounds like Rammstein, but in fact there is quite a similarity to that group on more than one occasion (also featured here is an interesting cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound Of Silence", a duet with Liv Kristine of Theatre Of Tragedy, who also guested on Werk 80). And, except for those who only wish a return to their early days, this new direction is not a bad thing, as Gemini is a great album. 2004 sees the release of the followup to Gemini, that being Atlantis (not yet reviewed here).

Current Members

Alexander Krull

vocals (Leaves' Eyes)

Thorsten Bauer

guitars (Leaves' Eyes)

Pete Streit

guitars (ex-Elis, Leaves' Eyes)

Joris Nijenhuis

drums (ex-Elexorien, Leaves' Eyes)

Former Members/Guests

Yasmin Krull (guest)

vocals

Mathias Roderer

guitars (ex-Leaves' Eyes)

Richard Scharff

guitars

Sander van der Meer

guitars (ex-Leaves' Eyes)

Oliver Klassen

bass

Markus Knapp

bass

Christian Lukhaup

bass (ex-Leaves' Eyes)

Alla Fedynitch

bass (ex-Enemy Of The Sun, ex-Leaves' Eyes)

Michael Schwarz

drums

Martin Schmidt

drums

Moritz Neuner

drums (ex-Abigor, ex-Dornenreich, ex-Darkwell, ex-Enid, ex-Evenfall, ex-Golden Dawn, ex-Korova, ex-Korovakill, ex-Leaves' Eyes)

Roland Navratil

drums (ex-Edenbridge, ex-Leaves' Eyes)



Discography



Hallucinations  
1990 Roadrunner
  1. Deep in your subconscious
  2. Life is a long and silent river
  3. Fatal Step
  4. Abyss of addiction
  5. Hallucinations
  6. Defeated Intellect
  7. Last temptation
  • Alexander Krull
  • Mathias Roderer
  • Richard Scharff
  • Oliver Klassen
  • Michael Schwarz



Todessehnsucht (also: Longing For Death)  
1992 Roadrunner
  1. Todessehnsucht
  2. Godless Years
  3. Unspoken Names
  4. Defiance
  5. Triumph At Dawn
  6. Introduction
  7. Sky Turned Red
  8. Necropolis
  9. A Prison Called Earth
  10. Todessehnsucht (Reprise)
  11. Archangel
  • Alexander Krull
  • Mathias Roderer
  • Richard Scharff
  • Michael Schwarz



B.L.U.T.  
1994 Roadrunner
  1. Trial
  2. Miss Directed
  3. ...In My Veins
  4. B.L.U.T. (Blood-lust, Under Trance)
  5. I'm In Darkness
  6. Calling The RPain
  7. Moon-struck
  8. Ever And Amon
  9. Begotten Son (Of Wrath)
  10. Into The Maze
  11. Goddess In Black
  12. Threnody
  13. Soul Embrace (Instrumental)
  14. Land Beyond The Forest
  • Alexander Krull
  • Mathias Roderer
  • Richard Scharff
  • Markus Knapp
  • Michael Schwarz



Die Liebe  
1995 Massacre
  1. Die Liebe
  2. Moonstrucker
  3. Bloodlust (undead trance)
  4. Misdirected
  5. Parentalia
  6. Trial by Ordeal
  7. Unschuld
  8. Von Leid und Elend und Seelenqualen
  9. Die Todgeweihten
  • Alexander Krull
  • Mathias Roderer
  • Richard Scharff
  • Christian Lukhaup
  • Michael Schwarz



Calling The Rain  
1995 Massacre
  • Alexander Krull
  • Yasmin Krull
  • Mathias Roderer
  • Richard Scharff
  • Thorsten Bauer
  • Markus Knapp
  • Christian Lukhaup
  • Michael Schwarz



Willenskraft  
1996 Massacre
  1. Intro
  2. Scorching Breath
  3. Deliverance
  4. Blood-Stained Prophecy
  5. Love Is Dead
  6. We Are Degeneration
  7. Willenskraft
  8. For Ever And A Day
  9. Seal Of Secrecy
  10. Down Below
  11. The Hunt
  • Alexander Krull
  • Mathias Roderer
  • Thorsten Bauer
  • Christian Lukhaup
  • Michael Schwarz



Werk 80  COVERS
1997 Massacre
  1. Shout
  2. Wild Boys
  3. The Great Commandment
  4. Send Me An Angel
  5. Tainted Love
  6. Der Mussolini
  7. Being Boiled
  8. Let's Dance
  9. Maid Of Orleans
  • Alexander Krull
  • Mathias Roderer
  • Thorsten Bauer
  • Christian Lukhaup
  • Michael Schwarz



Non Plus Extra  
1999 Massacre
  • Alexander Krull
  • Mathias Roderer
  • Thorsten Bauer
  • Christian Lukhaup
  • Martin Schmidt



Gemini  
2000 Massacre
  1. Taste of Sin
  2. Zauberstab
  3. Tanz mit dem Teufel
  4. Liebesspiel
  5. Wilder Schmetterling
  6. Sound of silence
  7. Das Gebot
  8. Sometimes...a nightsong
  9. Seasons in black
  10. Gemini
  11. Lili Marleen
  • Alexander Krull
  • Mathias Roderer
  • Thorsten Bauer
  • Christian Lukhaup
  • Martin Schmidt




Atlantis  
2004 Napalm
  1. Reich Of Phenomena
  2. Superior Race
  3. Gods Of Nations
  4. Ichor
  5. Enigma
  6. Morbid Mind
  7. Omen
  8. Cold Black Days
  9. Atlantean Empire
  10. Clash Of The Titans
  11. Apocalypse
  12. Lost Eden
  13. The Sunken Paradise
  14. Aeon
  15. Ein Volk
  • Alexander Krull
  • Mathias Roderer
  • Thorsten Bauer
  • Christian Lukhaup
  • Martin Schmidt



Werk 80 II  COVERS
2008 Napalm
  1. People Are People
  2. Smalltown Boy
  3. Relax
  4. Don't You (Forget About Me)
  5. The Sun Always Shines on TV
  6. Hey Little Girl
  7. Fade To Grey
  8. Such A Shame
  9. Keine Heimat
  10. Here Comes The Rain Again
  11. Forever Young
  12. Feels Like Heaven
  • Alexander Krull
  • Mathias Roderer
  • Thorsten Bauer
  • Christian Lukhaup
  • Moritz Neuner



After The Storm  
2010 Napalm
  1. A New Arrival
  2. Call Of Yesteryear
  3. After The Storm
  4. Silvan Spirit
  5. Black Mountain
  6. As The Sun Kissed The Sky
  7. Transilvania
  8. The Flight Of Abbas Ibn Firnas
  9. Goddess Of Fortune and Sorrow
  10. The Otherworld
  11. Eternal Nightside
  • Alexander Krull
  • Yasmin Krull
  • Thorsten Bauer
  • Sander van der Meer
  • Alla Fedynitch
  • Roland Navratil



Die Gottlosen Jahre  VIDEO
2012



Okkult  
2013 Napalm
  1. Pandaemonium
  2. Death by Metal
  3. March of the Undying
  4. Haunted by Demons
  5. Murder Blood Assassination
  6. Necromancy Divine
  7. Satan's Braut
  8. Todesstimmen
  9. Masaya (Boca Del Infierno)
  10. When Empires Fall to Dust
  11. Beyond Perpetual Ice
  12. La Voisine
  • Alexander Krull
  • Thorsten Bauer
  • Sander van der Meer
  • Joris Nijenhuis
2013 Readers' Album #76





Masters Of Darkness  EP
2017 Massacre
  1. Masters Of Darkness
  2. Menschenschlachthaus
  3. Gates To Oblivion
  4. Devil's Covenant
  • Alexander Krull
  • Thorsten Bauer
  • Pete Streit
  • Joris Nijenhuis



Okkult II  
2018 Massacre
  1. Masters Of Darkness
  2. Shadowtaker
  3. Bloodshed And Triumph
  4. Spell Of Blood
  5. Menschenschlachthaus
  6. Gates To Oblivion
  7. Infernal Sabbath
  8. All Men Must Die
  9. Phantom Ghost
  10. Devil's Covenant
  11. The Golden Dawn
  • Alexander Krull
  • Thorsten Bauer
  • Oliver Klassen
  • Joris Nijenhuis




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