One of the 5% of classic thrash albums that is perfectly tim
K. Stubben | Iowa | 07/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Stick with me, here. I'm not one of those musicphiles who feels he/she has to write glowing reviews of all their personal top 500 albums, claiming each and every one is the greatest of all time. Those people really suck. This is my first, possibly only, review of any album in "publication". If one person reads this, I've done my job. If no one reads this, I can still live with myself. I tried.
Let's face it, most classic (mid-late 80's) thrash albums not by slayer have some sort of glitch that may make it tough to listen to nowadays. Squealing, whiney, operaman vocals, brassy guitar tone that hurts at high volume, terrible recording methods on drums, thin sounding bass guitar.
Socialized Hate is the most underrated thrash album ever, end of discussion. Bill Metoyer's direction in recording helped create an amazingly "proper" sounding thrash album. Not too clean, not too dirty, not unlike "Beneath The Remains" by Sepultura(moment of silence, please.............) on Socialized Hate, everything pops.
It still sounds fresh. Zimmerman's voice will grow on you. A terrific growl that isn't messy enough to distort the excellent messages contained in the lyrics. The guitars are outstanding fundamentally, but aren't they always in thrash? Lykins and Skowron can play. Guitar tone is razor sharp. Rhythm section is perfectly on point for the genre. Bass tone is defined yet adds tons of body, like a fine wine. Drums sound like normal drums, not like Lars's in St. Anger. That drum sound made me want to go out and jump off my neighbor's roof, their house is taller than mine. These drums sound like you're in the room with the band. Washy high hat, loose resonation in the snare sound. Tons of double bass without the "showing off" = six million beats per second (Fear Factory?). The pace is right where I like it. Just right.
Don't get me started about the music itself. O.K., get me started. Excellent all the way through. I'll suggest two highlights for the album, one broad and one specific. Broadly speaking, almost every song has what I like to refer to as a "guitar break", you know what I mean, where everything changes over to another related riff that rocks your balls off, only to return back to the song itself. Specific moment of bombastic brilliance is after the solos in "preacher, preacher".....guitars fade,bass solo, drum fill, guitar solo, guitar+guitar+bass doubling each other in a maelstrom of thrash nirvana. You'll be left needing nothing more. While it plays, you'll be in the veritable absence of thrash want, to get all philosophical on your arse.
I've written enough, but I still can't manage to stop myself. Go buy it. I don't care how much of your own money you have to spend. I paid $25, would have paid $125. Can't afford it? Get a paper route. If you were in the band and are reading this to wax nostalgic, you're the man. It rules.....really, really hard. I've told folks that this is the album that I would distribute 100 copies of to good metal lovin' friends if I won the lottery, which is a little hypocritical b/c I've never purchased a lottery ticket. I'm losing focus here.
If only life were fair....
Shaun Flannery | this is not the Wachowski brothers "Zion" | 05/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"....there would still be a band around called Atrophy. Now I know what a lot of you are going to thing right off the bat: These guys aren't any good. That's a very unfair judgement considering most of the people who are of that opinion didn't give them but a cursory glance.
I have been listening to thrash since '84 and heard more than my fair share of the good and the bad, and in my humble (ha ha) opionion Atrophy is one of the few bands whose cds I still own, because they are still as fine today as they were back then. The riffs are tight, the lyrics are still relevant, and even though it's not heaviest out there, it's still more than adequate for me.
If you call yourself a fan of the genre, or if you're looking into becoming a fan, give Atrophy a/another chance to kick your ass and add your name to the, hopefully, ever growing list of fans.
Alright thrash metal
Voices from Hell | San Antonio,Tx USA | 10/23/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"At first, it's like hearing AC/DC because the vocals are kind of annoying but I don't mean the music is like AC/DC. The tempos are fast but not as fast as I thought it might be. The vocals get better from the song Beer Bong onwards to the next songs(I guess because they were scared at first) I think.By the way the Beer Bong song has a cool death melody intro(the tune that you hear when someone is dead on cartoons). I heard Violent by Nature on their next album and the vocals are more improved. the riffs are good enoght for me. the style is similar to Evildead(i.e. it's the kind of riffs that can start off by a guitar fast and then the drums and bass kick in and the whole tempo is fast)."