One of the earliest rudimentary death metal bands came from Germany, bridging hardcore and simple metal styles but later moving on to a technical masterpiece, Todessehnsucht. Eventually the band ended its life with "Blut," which was essentially...crap.
flag of Germany Atrocity - Hallucinations (1990)
Atrocity - Todessehnsucht (1992)
Production: Granular interference matches lower register emphasis.

Review: Zealously rudimentary and violent death metal forms its essential ideals within the space of raw thunderous power chords in architectural assembly of connective phrasing concluding in arduous, tense, nihilistic tonal acclimatization through mood manipulating atmosphere in chromatic, shuddering conclusive riffing. The first work by Atrocity as their simplest and most direct carries a primal nature of opposition to the motifs bearing elements of its concept, a clumsily taped-on justification about drugs and death.


1. Deep in Your Subconscious (5:25)
2. Life is a Long and Silent River (3:36)
3. Fatal Step (2:48)
4. Hallucinations (4:28)
5. Defeated Intellect (5:26)
6. Abyss of Addiction (3:39)
7. Hold Out (To The End) (5:15)
8. Last Temptation (5:17)
Length: 35:56

atrocity hallucinations on roadrunner records 1990
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Structured in straightforward circular patterns of varying sizes and rhythmic or melodic hooks, songs evolve to final motifs through a serrated linear representation of layers of motion. Riff salad support often sustains tension through a series of risky jumps and grabs at inertia of melodic expectation as connected to emphasis in percussive inflection, and in delighted ambition captures space with excellent instrumentalism and tightly executed arrangements emphasizing structure through synchronicity in instrumental discovery of theme.

Textures in layers uncover realms of motion potential in the space of these simple heavy riffs and their contraposition as components of phrasing revealing a narrative in song. Despite a predisposition toward dynamic rhythmic suspension within sustained momentum (the dumbest and most trivial technique in metal) during transitions of relevance the composition at the tactical level here is refined riffwriting of the oldest school in metal, making nihilistic and often chromatic tonal progressions adapt to a rhythmic structure to form a fusion in phrasing that illustrates the shape of motion through a tonal space defined in difference through the introduction of the riff.

Pounding and relentless, death metal rawness in sound and form impacts structure with a churning, dead yet organic drive that explodes into potential as its significance is slowly being realized; understood in the abstract, this music is perfect clarity, and although in the sensual world the listener may be baffled by its geometrical abstraction of tempo and architecture in phrase rendering to riff, its silvery intricate self-referential allusions of structure in lead guitar and vocal foreshadowing present evident clarity and wisdom as each song develops.

Longing for Death
Production: Clear and well-engineered but guitars and treble are soft, although understated "European-style" quieter vocals are genius. Correct with: T.28,M1.2,B0.65.

Review: As death metal flourished into technicality in 1992 this work of epic conception and progressive intent was created with an unmarketable production and heavily Germanic aesthetic emphasizing doomy, dark and literally suicidal chromatic melodies in the death metal style layered in a trellis of variations across circular song structures, returning to themes and developing them in fast single-note and power chord riffing in a classic progressive European death metal form. Abrupt hoarse and roughly explosive vocals form texture of coherence between churning mechanistic precision percussion and other elements of instrumentalism.


1. Todessehnsucht (3:48)
2. Godless Years (5:37)
3. Unspoken Names (5:25)
4. Defiance (4:56)
5. Triumph at Dawn (4:00)
6. Introduction (1:32)
7. Sky Turned Red (6:22)
8. Necropolis (4:09)
9. A Prison Called Earth (6:03)
10. Todessehnsucht (Reprise) (2:03)
11. Archangel (Death cover) (3:27)
Length: 47:24

atrocity longing for death on roadrunner records 1992
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Nihilistic in an approach to themes and structure that opportunistically allocates tonal and rhythmic methods of interweaving elements of progressive narrative as "song structure" that covers an evolving motif series which exposes a core theme, usually essential to that of the initiation of the piece as harmonized through structure to a variant leaving open melodic space in a state of dissonance yet rhythmically and in most cases, structurally through resolution in chromatic riff phrase progressions, reductive and deconstructive. Internally shifting rhythms and opposing spatial reclamations of inertia power strange and perverse twists of modal phrasing which inject rhythm of geometrical opposition to all expectation in the smaller sense in which the listener conceives of forward motion in tonal completion of phrase.

Structured as it is, the most astonishingly reinvented sense on this album is that of rhythmic lead phrasing using the implied resonance of single notes to underscore their melodicity precisely attached to a narrative thread throughout the changing panorama of rhythm and timbre formed layered texture encouraging tonal motion. These are lyrical voices in guitar buried within the noise of a mix and its detonations of blasting intensity that rival the American school through raw conflict and drive. In combination, the voices of narration: gruff-throated percussiveness and textures of distorted stringed instruments, achieve harmony through working together to uncover immanent structure.

Abrasively nihilistic, this album presages bands like Bethlehem or Suffocation who integrated feral and doomish progressions throughout the longer development of songs with darker themes. Later in the album, on the maudlin "Sky Turned Red" and in fragments of other songs, the phrases stretch into wandering atmospheric dissipation. The bulk of the music is excellent, but as in the case of "Effigy of the Forgotten," both underproduction and emphasis on structuralism with sometimes trailing conclusions create a work that is barely understandable by most listeners. Yet throughout the years, this release has been hailed many times by influential music makers throughout the metal community, and upon listening retains its vital energy true to concept of gothic, deathlike technical blasting death metal with a soul of suicidal rationalism.

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