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ATROCITY, one of Germany's most successful metal bands, is one of the most experimental and diverse musical acts in the history of metal. They have always found the courage to explore uncharted territories, while delivering top-notch productions. One such production was their previous full-length release, “Werk 80 II”, which entered the top 20 of the German Media Control Charts. Looking further back into the past, the metal chameleons forged an alliance with vocalist Yasmin (the sister of frontman and producer Alexander Krull). It came as no surprise, as the band had already worked with A-list vocalists in the early Nineties. The result of this cooperation was the EP “Calling the Rain”— a pioneering work at that time. The songs were a perfect blend of ethnic elements, world music, and metal. Up to this point, this was an unimaginable mix of atmospheric, yet gripping musical diversity.
The latest ATROCITY FEAT. YASMIN album, “After the Storm”, does not simply reiterate the sounds of the past, but rather elevates the songwriting and production to an entire new level. All instruments were performed live and the ample amount of percussion allows for a tapestry of complementary rhythms. The driving and tribal-like beats are the foundation of ATROCITY’s music, making way for the intensity and fascination that follows. The string instruments and vocals harmonize perfectly with both the mood of the individual songs and the music as a whole. Besides wonderful atmospheric songs such as the title track “After the Storm” or the emotive “Silvan Spirit”, true rock songs like “Black Mountain” or the anthem “Transilvania” divulge a completely new side to the metal band. With “A New Arrival”, “As the Sun Kissed the Sky”, or the music-turned-Celtic-legend “The Otherworld”, ATROCITY, together with the exotic vocals of Yasmin, holds the audience captive in their mythic world. The band featuring the singing siblings then switches into high gear with the catchy song “Call of Yesteryear”! No listener will remain untouched. The music of ATROCITY FEAT. YASMIN can only be described with one word: unique!
The band's musical diversity and love for all things experimental have been trademarks since their early beginnings. In 1985, ATROCITY formed, soon releasing the demo tape “Instigators” (1988) and the EP “Blue Blood” (1898) on Nuclear Blast. Their debut album “Hallucinations” followed in 1990, a forerunner of technically skilled death metal. After international tour successes, ATROCITY released “Todessehnsucht” in 1992 via Roadrunner Records, surprising the critics with the inclusion of classical elements and operatic vocals.
In 1994 "Blut" was released via Massacre Records. The atmospheric vampire concept, which runs through the entire album, earned them positive reactions from both the press and fans alike. ATROCITY was now beyond ever being categorized.
Both EP’s from 1995, "Calling the Rain" and "Die Liebe" were the logical consequences of "Blut". The song "Calling the Rain" from the "Blut" album was so well received that ATROCITY decided to go with it. With the vocal support from Yasmin Krull, the band reached a new atmospheric level. "Die Liebe" represented ground breaking teamwork between ATROCITY and the German gothic icon ‘Das Ich’. It was not only one of the earliest cooperations between metal and gothic, but also ATROCITY's breakthrough into dark wave and electronic music.
In 1996, ATROCITY’s album "Willenskraft" combined brutal riffing, hymn-like parts, and atmospheric elements. "The definition of Kraft & Wille" EP with its electro and industrial like remixes is a bonus, as well as the sequel to their cooperation with Das Ich. Contrarily, "The Hunt" EP offered brutal songs that expressed the band’s gratitude to old school fans for their long years of support.
In 1997, ATROCITY decided once again to enter new musical grounds. The intention of "Werk 80" was to transform pop-classics of the 80s into ATROCITY songs. The outcome was a wave of rapture in the clubs with the fans dancing the album into the charts. Before the end of the millennium, ATROCITY released their first greatest hits album "Non Plus Ultra" (1989-1999) and their successful chart album ‘Gemini’ (2000, on Motor/Universal), continuing on where” Werk 80” left off.
In 2004, ATROCITY signed a worldwide record deal with Napalm Records and soon released "Atlantis", a very diversified and atmospheric metal album.
In 2008, ATROCITY brought back the 80s once again, heavier than ever before, by delivering thrilling arrangements of well-known songs such as "Smalltown Boy", "The Sun Always Shines Of TV", "Fade To Grey", "People Are People", or "Don't You Forget About Me".
Atrocity Feat. Yasmin Line-up:
Alexander Krull – Vocals
Yasmin Krull – Vocals, Flute
Thorsten Bauer - Guitars
Sander van der Meer - Guitars
Alla Fedynitch - Bass
Roland Navratil – Drums