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Band Name Atrocity (GER)
Album Name Hallucinations
Type Album
Data wpisu 15 Październik 1990
Wydawcy Nuclear Blast
Styl muzycznyTechnical Death
Zarejestrowanych posiada ten album80


Re-Issue in 2008 by Napalm Records.
 Deep in Your Subconscious
 Life Is a Long and Silent River
 Fatal Step
 Defeated Intellect
 Abyss of Addiction
 Hold Out (to the End)
 Last Temptation

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Artykuł @ vastAire

05 Styczeń 2008
Let's face it, Atrocity will always remain a milestone for me. The German band will make his official debut with the original release of Hallucinations on Roadrunner Records in 1990 (Nuclear Blast will subsequently reedit the lp in 1993). The Dutch label seemed to expect much from these promising new recruits. After successfully releasing legendary albums such as Slowly We Rot or even Beneath the Remains, the flying Dutchmen invested considerably in Atrocity: recording and mixing at the famed Morrissound studios along with (over-rated?) incontrovertible producer Scott Burns and in addition to this a nice cover from a Giger's illustration. For a first full-length, the Teutonic crew got 'la creme de la creme'.

Well enough bullshit. What's with the album dude?

Hallucinations is a concept album. All tracks tell the story of a girl's miserable life. Nothing like the Wizard of Oz more like a la Carrie.. Hence the music transpires these dark atmospheres (hey it's Death Metal not some sweet lullaby...). Tempo breaks happen one after the other resembling a junkie's mood changes giving this first release a rather definite air of technicality and maturity. Tracks pound in and out and Atrocity's music at times reminds listeners of Cynic-like riffs (hey... without the ass-grinding bass lines...) or even of legendary Atheist.

Most reviews have given this album a bad name when it first came out. It was rather hard to pay attention to such a 'complicated' recording when other devastating crews such like Morbid Angel or Obituary were making most of the scene. As Death Metal was crushing its way forward, most technical bands were eclipsed. Yes mixing has been also criticized but I found this a petty objection (alright sleeping it off by loudspeakers during a concert may have caused permanent hearing loss...); I find every instrument is there where it should be and even fine-tuned.
You will go through Halucinations like through a bottle of Vodka. That is in no time. (Oh well sorry, take that off if you have the Nuclear Blast re-release for the addition of Blue Blood EP's tracks just spoil the whole thing). Roadrunner certainly didn't succeed where it wanted to (: compete with Altars of Madness or even Left Hand Path?) because in most aspects the band largely remained 'niche' if compared to the other Monsters of Death. Quite unfortunate according to me for such a lp shall fill the record shelves of every good Death Metal listener. Never say never?

PS: I'll be honest with you guys... I'm not being dispassionate... I once saw Atrocity play live in Paris on the small Gibus stage and I couldn't tell you if it was THE night where all elements converged formidably well or if Atrocity band members are just natural born performers but in my very honest opinion: Atrocity is the best band ever live. One word: monstrosity. Those of you who know the tiny Gibus may as well try and picture 7 or 8 metalheads permanently stage-diving during a 40 minutes gig... ;)

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BEERGRINDER - 05 Styczeń 2008: Atrocity rules!!! The two first albums are huge and very technical. Since Blut, i didn't follow the music of Atrocity any more.
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Artykuł @ Loudpipes

06 Marzec 2011

Ambitious and underrated technical death metal.

Despite the fact that Germany gave the world some of the finest thrash metal bands in the entire metal genre, as a whole, death metal never really seemed to catch on there as much as it did in the other major DM scenes of the world. Despite that, there were a few bands from that country that put out some killer death metal, and the best of them is none other than Atrocity’s first two records.

This record, Hallucinations, is an album that, while definitely flawed, is also an album I find to be impressively ambitious for its time; not that many death metal bands had incorporated such a progressive and technical sensibility as Atrocity had at this point in time (the closest comparison is maybe Atheist and even then they sounded nothing alike), nor were most DM bands ambitious enough to have their full length debut be a concept album.

The songwriting is definitely great, exceptional at times. The band had a rather unique riffing style; somewhat thrashy (somewhat), but with a liberal sense of twisting melody to the riffs… it’s odd describing it, but the band’s sense of riffing often exudes a sense of something not quite being right, but the listener can’t quite put the finger on what it is. (not the riffs, but the emotional mood of which they paint) The riffs are as impressively technical as they are catchy, and there aren’t any really redundant sections on here that should’ve been cut out – the band definitely gets the most out of every riff. (which is more important than most realize; you don’t want to play your best riff for all of three times, but neither do you want a shitty riff being the anchor of the entire song).

The vocals are a really unique point to the band – VERY high-pitched and raspy, somewhat along the lines of the Teutonic thrash scene but harsher. Alex Krull’s vocals are outright merciless in their delivery, and perfectly portray the exceeding unnerving lyrical themes perfectly. The guitar work is stellar with both the riffing and the complex, soaring lead guitar work being major highlights to many of these songs. (the first lead to the title track is a good example of that) Bass for the most part follows the guitars, but it has its various moments to shine (such as the bass break in “Fatal Step”, among a few others). The sole downside to the musicianship is the drumming; the drumming does not by any means ruin the songs, but at times some of the abrupt change up the band throw in can come off as awkward, such as when they shift into a blasting section.

The highlights… “Deep In Your Subconcious” is a pretty lengthy, involved number which starts the album up, and for the progressive influences on here, the band still manage to keep things running smoothly and aggressively, especially with the riffwork. “Fatal Step” is the shortest, but slowest track on this album, with a midpaced midsection speeding up into a terrific solo. “Last Temptation” is a terrific closer, going through a number of shifts throughout its running time and doing so exceptionally well as a climax to the album’s story. Everything else I didn’t mention is also certainly high-quality, effective death metal that is worthy of one’s listening time.

The production is reasonably solid and one of the better productions to come out of Morrisound Studios – the guitars have a full, sharp tone to them, while the bass boasts a thick tone that supports the guitars very well. The drums for the most part are well-produced and recorded, with a somewhat hollow, echo-y snare and well-mic’d cymbals (though the toms and the bass drums are a bit difficult to hear – I have the remaster, for those wondering).

Despite its flaws, Hallucinations is a great, borderline on excellent album, and one of the most unorthodox and inventive albums in its composition for the time. This album definitely comes recommended for those looking for a high-quality death metal album with progressive elements to it.

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