Atrocity (band)

Atrocity (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Atrocity


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Origin = Ludwigsburg/Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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Genre = Deathgrind (early)
Industrial metal,Gothic metal (later)
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Years_active = 1985 – present
Label = Nuclear Blast
Napalm Records
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Atrocity is a German band formed in Ludwigsburg (not to be confused with the American peace punk band from Berkeley California, circa 1983 or the death metal/grindcore band from Torrington, Connecticut).

Brief history

"Atrocity" started as a death metal band, and their debut was the "Blue Blood" EP in 1989 followed by a concept album about drug use named "Hallucinations". Their second album "Todessehnsucht" ventured into death metal, featuring a cover of "Arch Angel" by the band Death. Their musical scope broadened during the years, and the band even discovered medieval and horror influences on their Dracula based concept album "Atrocity's Blut", named after the successful motion picture Bram Stoker's Dracula. It was released in 1994, and was followed by "Calling The Rain" mcd with included guest female vocals and acoustic themes.

The 1996 release "Willenskraft" introduced industrial elements, and the special bonus CD of the album's special edition ("Kraft Und Wille") included even electronic remixes of the songs. The later releases saw original metal in decline: the following release "Werk 80" featured versions of 1980s disco hits, and the band had no apparent direction for the following few years: the odd mcd-releases and experimental songs like "Lili Marlene"-covers (featured on "Gemini") banished most of the fans.

Hiatus

After year 2000 nothing was heard from Atrocity, and it was commonly thought they had disbanded. However, that was not the case, as the band had a perennial hiatus. They returned after four years with a brand new (and finally, full-length) album, "Atlantis" in 2004. The album is again a concept album based on the myths of sunken continent of Atlantis, and musically it features a return to the bands Death Metal roots. The album also features the guest vocals of Alexander's wife, Liv-Kristine Espanaes Krull (formerly in Theatre of Tragedy).

The band members also formed the atmospheric metal band Leaves' Eyes, which features Liv Kristine as lead vocalist.

On November 11, 2007, Atrocity announced that bassist Chris Lukhaup had to leave the band due to personal reasons and drummer Moritz Neuner is taking another turn in his working career. They are currently looking for a new bassist and drummer.

Members

* Alexander Krull - vocals
* Thorsten Bauer - guitars
* Mathias Röderer - guitars

Former Members

* Chris Lukhaup - bass
* Mortiz Neuner - drums
* Nicholas Barker - Drums

Discography

EPs & Demos

* 1988: "Instigators" (Demo)
* 1996: "The Hunt" (EP)
* 1996: "The Definition of Kraft and Wille" (EP)

tudio albums

* 1990: "Hallucinations"
* 1992: "Todessehnsucht" (A.K.A. "Longing for Death")
* 1994: "Blut"
* 1995: "Calling the Rain"
* 1995: "Die Liebe" (in collaboration with Das Ich)
* 1996: "Willenskraft"
* 1997: "Werk 80"
* 2000: "Gemini" (blue and red versions)
* 2000: "Sounds of Silence"
* 2004: "Atlantis"

Compilations

* 1999: "" (best of...)
* 2008: "Werk 80 II" (cover album)

Videos

*"Blut" (taken from Blut album 1994)
*"Calling The Rain" (taken from Calling the Rain mcd 1995)
*"Die Liebe" (with Das Ich)(taken from Die Liebe mcd 1995)
*"Love is Dead" (taken from Willenskraft album 1996)
*"Taste Of Sin"(taken from Gemini album 2000)
*"Cold Black Days" (taken from Atlantis album 2004)
*"The Sun Always Shines on TV" (taken from Werk 80 II album 2008)

ee also

*Leaves' Eyes

External links

* [http://www.atrocity.de Official website]
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* [http://www.napalmrecords.com/promo/atrocityp.html Atrocity] at Napalm Records


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