Werk 80 II
A few years back, Atrocity released an album entitled "Werk 80" that was a merging of metal and classic 80's new wave hits. I really enjoyed the mix of the two styles and after hearing it straight from singer Alexander Krull (who by the way is one of the coolest people you will ever meet) that a sequel was in the works, I have been highly anticipating this album ever since. So, you ask, was it worth the wait? Of course. I mean, who doesn't love the 80's? Especially when they have been given a metal infusion! This is a really cool album with a lot of great 80's classics and some not so familiar ones as well lurking on this disc. Some of the highlights were "Relax, Don't You Forget About Me, Here Comes The Rain Again and Forever Young". Frontman Alexander Krull's vocal's have a mid to low range that comes across perfect for these tunes and he occasionally lets out a growl or two here and there to add some edge to things. His wife Liv (of Leave's Eyes) does some backing vocals with her beautiful siren voice as well. For those who are not in the know, Atrocity (and Leave's Eyes) are the same band with Alex fronting Atrocity and Liv fronting Leave's Eye's. This is a wonderful trip down memory lane of some great songs, given a new twist. You should definitely get this album if your a fan of the 80's and metal.
- Craig Harvey