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Atrocity - Werk 80 II (Review)

41ei 41voQL._SL210_ "Werk 80 II" is the latest album by symphonic metal band Atrocity. The brilliance of the album is that it is a collection of 80's covers.

People Are People Atrocity - Werk 80 II

(originally by Depeche Mode)

violins and crunching guitars open the song. The soft tinkle of piano punctuates the song. Epic in scope, this cover followed the tune of the original with choral overtones. Musically, the antithesis of the original. A fresh and original take on a classic track

Small Town Boy Atrocity - Werk 80 II

(originally by Bronski Beat)

spacious piano fills this track, overlaid with the haunting voice of Liv. This track is best heard through headphones to catch all of the little touches added to it. The counterpoint of the scream and clean vocal adds a nice emotional punch to the tune.

Relax Atrocity - Werk 80 II

(originally by Frankie Goes to Hollywood)

blast beats, growling vocals, and a minor key instrumentation turns this dance classic into a headbanging thrash tune. Hard and fast, a brilliant cover.

Don't You Forget about MeAtrocity - Werk 80 II

(originally by Simple Minds)

This track proves the don't fix what isn't broken, this track is very faithful to the original with a harder guitar riff and sweeping violins. This is one of the few times I have ever thought that a remake might be better than the original. This is what a metal version should sound like.

The Sun Always Shines on TVAtrocity - Werk 80 II

(originally by a-ha)

Violin and piano open the song with Alexander and Liv singing a sweet and tight duet. This sound feels like a track lost from the Phantom of the Opera. Enter the guitar and the thunder rolls. Amazing track, see the video in the HQ.

Hey Little Girl Atrocity - Werk 80 II

(originally by Icehouse)

From the near disco original, this frightening metal track add a creepy note of dread that the lyric deserve. Hard and dark, what more is there to say?

Fade to Grey Atrocity - Werk 80 II

(originally by Visage)

This song has come a long way from its synthpop origin. The song has lost none of its danceability, even though it has become harder and more intense.

Such a ShameAtrocity - Werk 80 II

(originally by Talk Talk)

The sing begins a lot like the original, then the guitar hits and Liv starts singing. Alexander's voice is full of emotion. A moving track.

Keine Heimat Atrocity - Werk 80 II

(originally by Ideal)

Blast beats and heavy guitar explode from the beginning as Alexander growls and sings over himself. The song is as tangled as the original, but the guitar work revives this unforgettable hook.

Here Comes the Rain Again Atrocity - Werk 80 II

(originally by the Eurythmics)

Wow, it is not Annie Lennox, but this metal remake explores the song in a fresh and original way. This is a great song and a great new version of it.

Forever Young Atrocity - Werk 80 II

(originally by Alphaville)

Originally an 80's power ballad, Atrocity has broadened the song into an anthem. The sugar and bubblegun have been stripped from the track, but the heart of the song is strong. There is a sorrow to the song that I never heard in the original.

All in all, a brilliant album with only one track (Such a Shame) not quite living up the standards the band has gotten me accustom to. A must have so any fan of Atrocity or the 80's.

Werk 80 II by Atrocity is available through Amazon, Atrocity - Werk 80 II, and eMusic.

Dark Wave Industrial- DRAGONS

m_458d54e456f1cba629010a769cf04138 I am always looking for new dark wave music to add to my collection, and I am glad that I get so many recommendations.  I am very picky about the bands I listen too.  Today, I was turned on a Bristol band called Dragons.  I went to their MySpace to check them out, and I was excited by the tunes they have on their profile.

Here are the Roses

Opens like a Depeche Mode song, following many of the dark wave conventions that we have come to know and love, but the song continues into a more spacious sound reminiscent of early Mission albums.  The galloping drum is to tapping, Anthony Tombling's voice transitions beautifully from a cold dryness into to a full throated cry on the choruses.  A nice tune, hauntingly bleak, yet beautiful.

Condition

Danceable rock somewhere between Iggy Pop and a subdued Rosette Stone.  The song continues to build into a fete of guitars and drums.  A song for the clubs.

Lonely Nights

The song begins is a scratchy echo that reminds me of many Bauhaus classics, while the choruses have a more melodic character of the the best death and goth rock.  The guitar work is emotional.  The lyrics on this song more cliche, bordering on emo compared to the bleakness of the other tunes.

Where is the love

The eerie goth blue bar sound of early Fields of the Nephilim, drone under Anothy's solid voice.  The gothic appeal of this song is solid.  I can definitely see this tune on a listen by candlelight playlist.  This is probably my favorite of the sample songs they made available.


Albums

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They have four albums:

  1. Here are the Roses (Album)
  2. Lonely Tonight (EP)
  3. Here are the Roses (EP)
  4. Condition (EP)

All of their albums are available through iTunes Plus without DRM (get them here Dragons )  And their EPs Here are the Roses (EP) and  Condition (EP) are also available on eMusic.

Check them out on the net at their Website and MySpace Profile

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