Atrophy - Socialized Hate

Posted on Saturday, September 04, 2010

Originally released in 1988, this Thrash masterpiece (I’ll likely be using that term often for these Metal Mind reissues, so get used to it) holds up well today, especially musically. Often when people think of Thrash -US Thrash, at least- they think of the now-ancient Bay Area bands, but many of the Thrash bands back then didn’t fit that mold at all. Atrophy is closer to German bands like Kreator in both the generally fast tempo and raspy vocals. Listening to this, it’s easy to see how only a bit more extremity could cross the chasm into early Death Metal.
Bonus features here are the first three tracks from the band’s six-song 1987 Chemical Dependency demo (the other three are bonus trax on the Violent by Nature reissue) and a poor quality “bootleg” video for “Socalized Hate.”

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