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Atlain - G.O.E. (10/10) - Germany - 1985/2002

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Rusty Diamonds
Playing time: 52:51
Band homepage: -


  1. Waste
  2. Guardians Of Eternity
  3. Break Down Your Neck
  4. Brainstorm
  5. Out On The Streets
  6. Fast Attack
  7. Space & Time
  8. Demons Feast
  9. Break That Wall
  10. Out On The Streets
  11. Demons Feast
  12. Break That Wall
Atlain - G.O.E.

That I may still behold this, one of my faves from the Eighties, ATLAIN, on CD. Better late than never! The band comes from Herne and already 1984 released its debut "Living In The Dark". It had been an outstanding work for that time, especially compared to the musical competition in Germany! Unfortunately ATLAIN only had been a secret top and went under completely. One year later they tried again with "Guardians Of Eternity", short G. O. E., which surpassed the debut both in sound and in song.

The vocals of Peter Müller also sounded a lot better. For today's ears he still has to be approached warily, because back then cranky voices had been the standard in Metal. He definitely did not have a "super schooled voice", but something that 90% of all Metal-shouters lack today: memorability! And all 8 songs are Metal-hymns, which are essential for an old scumbag as myself. Great riff-attacks, a siren-like singer and catchy choruses, Metalheart, what could you wish for more?

Good that I now have the CD, because my vinyl is scratching a lot! Especially the super-hymn "Brainstorm" is a song that you have to have heard! Cult is the chorus of: "Out On Ze Streets". What had we laughed about the "th" that the singer didn't master… Who cares, Sabina Classen of HOLY MOSES couldn't either (Remember: "Finnished Wiz Ze Dogs" or "Current Of Deazz").

Who likes typical German Metal of the likes of STEELER, STORMWITCH, GRAVESTONE or WARLOCK should like this re-release, because ATLAIN are among the best that the German underground ever has produced, final point! The three demo-live-tracks as bonus, I wouldn't have needed them, but they don't hurt anyone. (Online November 9, 2002)

Ralf Henn

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