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Review: Atrocity - Werk 80 II
Werk 80 II

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 46:26
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 1.5/5

Review online: March 11, 2008
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
Werk 80 II

Rated 1/5 (20%) (3 Votes)

And I thought Six Feet Under were mad. Germany's Atrocity — for the second time I might add — have decided to release a record entirely dedicated to playing 80s pop songs with Death Metal sentimentalities and Gothic undertones. Yawn. We've all considered selling out at one point. Atrocity have even done it before and somehow came back from the edge of destruction to produce quality Death Metal in the wake of their original deviance. But why go back? I mean, if they hear the same thing I hear when they listen to their cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax", maybe an ear syringing is in order? The production is solid, the band themselves are technically brutal as ever, but Werk 80 II just lacks credibility. There is a restriction behind every note, and the more melodic shine to "Forever Young" sees vocalist Alexander Krull way out of his element. Unless you're a 1980s chart aficionado or happen to enjoy danceable Death Metal, than this is seriously one to pass on the old sale rack. Maybe Krull should just stick to banging Liv Kristine and let her do all the singing? Oh wait. He already has a band for that.

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