Slow, calm pulsations, atmospheric synthesizer passages, which lull you in and let you feel safe before shortly after the musical storm breaks loose. Wild guitar solos from the course for experienced heroes of the future for a short time reign before finally the song really starts. The title of this murderous neckbreaker is "Chemical Dependency" and ATROPHY is the source.
After FLOTSAM AND JETSAM and SACRED REICH ATROPHY had been the biggest hope of Arizona (from the Metallic styles) and "Socialized Hate", their debut album, proves that impressively. Thrash with class is an often misused expression, but with this CD there could hardly be a better expression. The band had not been among the fastest or most brutal acts of this planet, but definitely one of the best!
As the music is demanding all the way through, also people who normally do not like Thrash Metal should be able to like it. (Hi Alex!) ATROPHY managed in a unique way to combine wild, harsh, fresh and at the same time high quality sounds with a fascinating accessibility. I have a bit of a hard time to describe the style of the band, because the guys are between the chairs quite a bit, but in the end the music is simply great.
But who is searching for the missing link between "Master Of Disguise" (SAVAGE GRACE) and "Absolute Power" (POWERMAD), should watch out for this CD. (Online September 23, 2003)