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Classic Review: Atrophy - Socialized Hate
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Socialized Hate

Label: Metal Mind Productions
Year released: 2006
Originally released in: 1988
Duration: 52:19
Tracks: 13
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: December 2, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Socialized Hate

Rated 3.92/5 (78.33%) (12 Votes)
Review


Atrophy's first album is an enjoyable listen, boasting some good quality 80s Thrash, albeit rather straightforward and "safe" - or as I like to call it, "clean Thrash".  Some could be turned off by the socially-oriented lyrics, which deal with such things as war (or I should say "anti-war"), drugs, racism, social injustice and related political themes.  Incidentally many people will have rather opposite views.  A notable exception is "Beer Bong" which is the most light-hearted song on the album, lyrically speaking.  The vocals are not the best in the genre, a little raspy and thin-sounding, but they do fit well with the music and I found myself humming the lyrics from time to time - proof that it's about more than technique in this genre - the attitude is there, and it works.

Musically, the most interesting parts are the guitar solos, some of which are quite invigorating.  There's a steady flow of riffs through and through, most of which are pretty catchy and some are downright headbangable, resulting in an overall enjoyable, almost party-like atmosphere despite the rather serious lyrical themes.  The production could have packed more punch, as this sounds a little thin, but the music is good enough to not freak out over that detail.  This is not an absolute must have, but if you're into the late 80s Thrash period, you can't go wrong with this bad boy.

Additional Information

Originally released by Roadrunner Records.


Track Listing:
  1. Chemical Dependency
  2. Killing Machine
  3. Matter of Attitude
  4. Preacher, Preacher
  5. Beer Bong
  6. Socialized Hate
  7. Best Defense
  8. Product of the Past
  9. Rest In Pieces
  10. Urban Decay
  11. Chemical Dependency (Demo)
  12. Rest In Pieces (Demo)
  13. Preacher Preacher (Demo)
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