Title: “Werk 80 II”
Label: Napalm Records
Release Date: 3/8/2008
Genre: Death Wave
Cover albums! Again with the cover albums is the first thought that crossed my mind, yet before I delve into this one let me clue you in on a little secret. Even though I like to consider myself as tried and true to the Metal cause as possible, it was during the early eighties that I also enjoyed quite a bit of what was going on with some of the New Wave bands of the time. Such was the case of being a viewer of early MTV where the Hard Rock, Metal and New Wave all shared the same broadcast times. This music was all the rage during that MTV hoopla time and the vinyl still exists in the basement of my family home to prove it. So based on this I found listening to “Werk 80 II” by Atrocity a little more interesting for me but don’t get me wrong here because I never sat back and wondered how a Billy Idol or Duran Duran track would sound if an Extreme Death Metal band had tried their hand at it. With all this being said welcome to “Werk 80 II” – the spawn of the bands first exploration into this idea of classic New Wave, Dance Hall and Pop classics given the Heavy Gothic once over. These types of releases are becoming a little bit too common nowadays and there are those who are viewing the idea as the death knell in the artist’s creative process while others maintain it’s the band simply saying “I loved these songs and always wanted to perform them for my fans”. With this release I feel that perhaps we are seeing a little bit of both because while its cool to want to deliver popular songs that you recall from your past this is not the best way to increase one’s fan base when you are most known for delivering crushing Extreme Metal with Symphonic overtones.
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