Atrophy – Violent By Nature (1990)
The one thing Atrophy‘s Violent By Nature had that many thrash releases seemed to forget, is choruses….shit loads of the catchy buggers!
“In Their Eyes”, “Slipped Through The Cracks”, “Violent By Nature”, “Forgotten But Not Gone”; all contain huge hooks and memorable choruses that once heard are never forgotten. A rare commodity in a genre that often favoured blinding speed and all out assault over actual songwriting and one that enabled Atrophy to stand out from the majority of the thrash pack.
Unconcerned with unnecessarily lengthy compositions and progressive noodling, Violent By Nature took the core ingredients of thrash and refused to mess with a winning formula. The result was an album that hit with immeasurable groove, cunning melody and some of the catchiest, bounciest, mosh-pit friendly thrash anthems ever to be found on one album.
Crank this f*cker up and enjoy the ride. While Atrophy’s original journey may have been short-lived (just 2 albums over 4 short years) they sure made an impression on those willing to give ’em a chance…..and they’re back, officially reuniting in 2015 and spreading thrash joy all over again!