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Atrox first reviews

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  1. Michele/Xyphias

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    Atrox>> Orgasm 5//6
    label::
    Code666 release date::
    2003
    length::
    51min. genre::
    prog dark metal
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    tracklist::
    1. Methods Of Survival
    2. Flesh City
    3. Heartquake
    4. Burning Bridges
    5. This Vigil
    6. Tentacles
    7. Secondhand Traumas
    8. Pre-Sense I guess writing unique music is a property that just a few bands have and surely Atrox is among these. If you?ve never heard them before, prepare yourself for a ride of a lifetime. For all you guys looking for different music: your journey has ended. Atrox delivers more than you can bear; ?Orgasm? represents the logical follow up to the previous "Terrestrials", achieving to improve the thanks to a more focused songwriting. Although, I warn you this is not an easy listening, in fact you can find yourself lost in your first listening sessions. Imagine yourself being exposed to an instrumentalism alà Meshuggah encircled by a diversified and schizofrenic sung piece from the singer Monika ranging from almost pop mewing to mad roars and you'll get a pale picture of this album. I don?t think I?ve even exposed all the angles the band covers with their music because it's really a difficult task. One thing is certain; Atrox consists of one of the most talented groups of people I?ve heard in a long time if ever. If you?re open-minded and have enough time and will to dive into their world the final satisfaction over exceeds the initial expenses.
    strenuus [20/11/2003]
     
  2. monikaedv

    monikaedv Leverposteiguten

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    hehehe so strange that they really think we are that weird...
     
  3. Michele/Xyphias

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    Con questo "Orgasm" i norvegesi Atrox giungono al quarto full- lenght. Rispetto ai precedenti lavori è messo in risalto un tipo di sound che rimanda al post thrash degli ultimi Meshuggah, ma con un atteggiamento molto "progressivo" negli arrangiamenti dei pezzi e nella composizione. Il disco apre con "Methods of survival", un brano che attraverso i suoi oltre sette minuti di durata, si snoda in diversi "paesaggi sonori", dal post thrash d'impatto iniziale alle delicate sonorità gotiche del ritornello, per poi perdersi nella parte centrale del brano dove i nostri recuperano strutture e passagi propri di certo prog anni '70; il tutto condito dall'inconfondibile e schizoide prova vocale della front-girl Monika. Ed è proprio la voce di Monika il tratto più originale degli Atrox: non si riesce a starle dietro, è atipica, sfuggente; a volte è delicatissima ed eterea, a volte isterica e quasi fastidiosa, ma mai monotona e scontata. Riesce ad adattarsi perfettamente alle trame sonore organizzate (con complicati arrangiamenti) dai suoi compagni, sottolineando con grande espressività le diverse emozioni evocate dalla musica. Il brano più suggestivo dell'album, oltre a "Methods of survival" è forse "Burning Bridges" dove, accanto alle strutture post- thrash, si fanno posto trame musicali molto progressive, fluide, intervallate da uno stacco dal sapore psichedelico alla Syd Barrett nel quale si alternano, con gusto teatrale, la cupa voce maschile e l'isterica voce femminile. In conclusione ci troviamo di fronte ad un validissimo gruppo, che forse ha l'unica pecca di complicare eccessivamente gli arrangiamenti, col rischio di perdere l'immediatezza che renderebbe più godibile questo "Orgasm". Ormai la nostrana Code666 non sbaglia più un colpo, essendo gli Atrox uno dei gruppi più originali e geniali.
     
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    efj Schizo Freak

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    efj Schizo Freak

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    In their 5 year history this Norwegian band have had a style-change from doom/death to a more progressive form of female vocalist driven metal. The vocals of Monika are playful, sometimes reminiscent of Diamanda Galas and sometimes more like Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering). A run-of-the-mill gothic vocalist she is definitely not, that is clear enough. Their latest album 'Orgasm' they have made it even more impossible for critics to shove them into the gothic-genre where they were once pushed. The music has more to do with Meshuggah with female vocals than acts like Tristania. This already was apparent on their previous album 'Terrestrials' be it with a bit more variety. The rhythms are more complex and a lot tighter making the music very tense. The guitar-rhythms often are monotone and repetitive witch can demand some energy from the listener. This is also a question of listening to the album more often because the album opens up a bit more after each listen session. The melodies mostly are in the vocals, which are very dynamic and versatile. Both Monika and bass-player Peter have potential. Although the link with bands like Madder Mortem is easily made one can say Atrox takes the idea much further on 'Orgasm' rhythmically, vocally and metal wise. Nonetheless the disc will appeal to gothic metal fans and the more progressive metal fans alike. Interview and cover track to come In Golden Lake Magazine Issue #5!
     
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    we've had this one before efj
     
  7. Michele/Xyphias

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    Lorsque j?ai vu la pochette de cet album avant que celui ci ne sorte, je n?ai eu par la suite qu?une seule idée en tête?. Ecouter ce qu?il pouvait bien y avoir derrière.
    Etant prévenue que l?album serait « plus metal et un peu plus normal que les précédents » j?essayais déjà d?imaginer un peu?

    Alors qu?avons nous là ? Atrox a le don de surprendre à chaque sortie par un nouveau style?
    Déjà, on a noté un énorme fossé entre « Mesmerized » et « Contentum ».
    Alors là, ça fait un peu le même effet, surtout pour le premier titre.
    Ce premier titre et quelques autres morceaux qui suivent font que l?album est souvent comparé à Meshuggah dans de nombreuses chroniques déjà écrites.

    Atrox en serait devenu une vulgaire copie ? non pas du tout ; même si certains rythmes paraissent en effet très inspirés, Atrox n?en oublie pas pour autant son style, même si c?est avec un revêtement bien plus metal qu?on peut le distinguer ici.
    Les guitares sont mises très à l?avant, impulsives, sur des courts rythmes saccadés ; on n?était pas habitués à entendre ça, mais il faut dire que ça sonne assez bien.
    Un bon point au niveau de la production aussi, pas d?erreurs, en effet sur le dernier disque, il y avait des bruits parasites de temps à autre sur la moitié des morceaux.
    Non là, le son est vraiment très bon?

    Passons aux points un peu moins glorifiants?
    Le mixage sur les premiers morceaux? je trouve la voix de Monika mise en second plan par rapport aux guitares et ça n?est pas le meilleur choix?
    De plus, oui Atrox s?est mis au metal et oui il le fait bien, mais du coup la musique prend un peu trop de place dans l?espace sonore au détriment de la voix.
    Le chant de Monika reste toujours très particulier, bien en symbiose avec la musique, d?ailleurs encore trop inaccessible pour certains? mais on reste un peu frustrés lors des premières écoutes de ne pas avoir à subir des multiples acrobaties comme on y était habitués !
    Comment dire ? Cet album est très réussi mais il rend nostalgique quelque peu?. Mais je pense que ce petit bémol vient du fait que Atrox expérimente là un nouveau style, le prochain sera sans doute plus mélangé?

    Autre chose à propos de voix, sur quelques passages le bassiste (chanteur de Anti depressive delivery) pose sa voix, harmonisée à celle de Monika, assez intéressant, ceci dit, vu que le bassiste a quitté Atrox pour mieux se consacrer à son propre groupe, je doute que l?on puisse l?entendre sur les prochains albums.

    En résumé, un album étonnant, une bonne innovation, mais quelques regrets de la part des fans de « Contentum », ceux qui découvrent le groupe trouveront celui ci nettement plus abordable? quoique Atrox ne fait pas encore - et ne fera jamais même - dans le commercial??.


    novembre 2003


    Note: (5/6)
     
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    Klaair New Metal Member

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    some " ' " have turn to " ? "
    it is strange.
     
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    such things often happen. If I write 'å' it often becomes something strange.

    Is it your review?
     
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    yes it is my review :)

    I said that Atrox don't stop to surprise me, and it is very great, new style etc, good sound but there is just a few litte things I don't like a lot....
    But nevermind I really like it.
     
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  12. Michele/Xyphias

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    Que celui qui ne connaît pas Atrox et surtout la voix schizo déjantée de Monika répare cette grossière erreur tout de suite, sur-le-champ, et que ça saute !!! Car ce qui fait la particularité du groupe, ce sont bien les cordes vocales de la gente dame qui s?égosille à tue-tête (bien que s?étant encore assagie par rapport au précédent ?Terrestrials?). Alors bien sûr, on aime ou pas les subites montées dans les aigus, les changements inopinés d?intonation et le timbre parfois arabisant et oriental de madame Edvardsen. Mais Atrox ne se limite pas à la seule présence de la belle, attention ! La musique arpente tout autant la folie sachant couper net entre du très mélodique atmosphérique et du plus brutal tendance death / thrash. Les compositions y ont gagné en puissance, mais n?y ont rien perdu en bizarrerie ! Bien que la formule Atrox soit désormais connue, le style reste avant-gardiste et ?Orgasm? le prouve. Délirant et hallucinant !
     
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    Atrox
    Orgasm (code666)

    Year: 2003
    Reviewer: Tyrone Pow
    Rating: 9.5/10

    Another name on the list of impossible-to-classify metal bands from Europe, Atrox hails courtesy of Italian label code666 Records. It seems code666 has made it their business to sign really fucking good bands (at least if the round of promos that made their way to my mailbox is any indication), and certainly not excluded are these crazy Norwegians.

    Well, gracefully crazy. They've got a chick on leads, which is usually a formula for disaster, but Atrox's Monika has one beautiful and unique voice. Her melodic lines flow with an almost sensual tone, and her screams are well contained by the music's framework. She makes no novel attempts to sound like a man, nor does she enter the horrifying realm of sub-sub-par opera (see: Arch Enemy, Nightwish). Her voice is a versatile and range-equipped instrument weaved into the songs- a delightful alternative to the more common "sore thumb" styles presented by female-fronted bands (see: Arch Enemy, Nightwish).

    The music is technical, like, Ram-Zet technical (sans the Xylaphone). There's plenty of heavy riffing interspersed with jazz-influenced swankery, and their drummer knows how to drum. You'll hear some synth here and there, but it's very well-placed--just like every other element.

    Orgasm gets an A+ for originality, though I wish there were more hooks. The music is easy to listen to and even easier to appreciate, but doesn't often drive itself to my attention if I toss it on as background music. Mind you, this isn't especially uncommon among innovating progressive acts, but still. Yeah. Hooks.

    As far as I know, you've got to order this disc from Europe if you're a westerner. Peddle smack for a day, whatever, just buy this album.
     
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    ram-zet uses xylophone?:OMG:
    in what dimension?:Smug:

    then again talkin about jazz in atrox is absolutely pointless....

    jazz is another thing...

    :err:
     
  15. monikaedv

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    Jazz in Atrox? Absolutely not... Just because we use some not-so-typical chords for metal (but that are common in other music styles) we're not jazzy hehehe... But it was a very cool review anyway... hooks? hmmmmmmmm....

    Xylophone??? Never knew that... A very cool band (more in the jazz/trip hop/Björk-kind of music vein) that has xylophone as a main instrument is Krøyt from Norway. Very cool singer as well. I know you'll like her. I can send you a CD - it's probably hard to find in Italy... ANd as I said on my wwwboard: Shelley Hirsch is really cool!!! Thank you so much for sending me the CD. Has she released more albums?

    Do you also like these singers?
    - Nina Hagen
    - Yma Sumac
    - Sainkho Namtchylak
    - Sussan Deyhim

    All of them female, very avant garde and very cool. Queen Adreena is also a cool female lead band. And Denali. Check them out!!! And of course one of my longtime faves: Fear Of God, the album "Within The Veil"!!!
     
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    I like very much all female and avangarde and cool voices ..
    I 'm always searching some new atypical voices like that
    Can you tell me a bit more about them ?
    And about Kroyt ?
     
  17. Michele/Xyphias

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    Type: Album

    Pays: Norvège

    Label: Code666

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    8.5/10


    Atrox, formation d'origine norvégienne complètement atypique et à la musique pour le moins déroutante au premier abord, n'en est pas ici à son coup d'essai, puisqu'il s'agit déjà de leur quatrième réalisation. Leurs compositions sont pour le moins complexes, et empruntent à nombre de styles (rock, heavy, thrash, gothique, progressif, et même jazz), en les assimilant de fort belle manière, pour les fondre en un ensemble qui ne peut que susciter l'intérêt de l'auditeur, confronté ici à une expérience toute nouvelle. Découvrant le groupe au travers de cet album, c'est en tout cas mon sentiment. La structure des morceaux, quelque peu alambiquée, exige un effort certain pour pouvoir être assimilée, et permettre ainsi d'apprécier à sa juste valeurle travail fourni par le quintette. Car voilà le type même d'album dont l'on sent au fil des écoutes monter en soi les mélodies, si bien qu'il est finalement plutôt ardu de se défaire de l'emprise de ces dernières. La voix de Monika, particulièrement envoûtante mais assez haut perchée, ne pourra manquer d'en dérouter certains, car contrastant avec les tonalités globalement plus graves des autres instruments, y apportant comme une réponse proportionnée, chargée d'émotions, permettant de rééquilibrer l'ensemble, tout en conservant le privilège de l'originalité. Je parle de rééquilibrage, car je tiens à noter que la batterie, la basse, et la guitare rythmique forment un ensemble compact cohérent, assurant l'assise rythmique de si belle manière que les sons clairs de guitare s'effacent souvent à leur profit, les mélodies étant alors généralement procurées par un chant respirant la fraîcheur, et un clavier légèrement en retrait permettant de contribuer à instaurer l'ambiance. Une autre guitare, évoluant en son clair, véhicule en effet elle aussi des émotions intéressantes, notamment lorsque le chant disparaît. "Flesh City" est à ce sujet évocateur, puisqu'après une entame fondée sur une rythmique toujours très complexe et des riffs simples mais bien efficaces, et l'apparition d'un chant clair masculin très bien senti, doublé par des vocalises féminines ensorcelantes, un passage en son clair à la guitare, empreint d'un génie indescriptible, vient transcender la composition. Je tenais enfin à glisser quelques mots au sujet de l'artwork, complètement déluré mais très fouillé, présentant en couverture une peuplade de monstres attendrissants au recto, et des portraits du groupe revus et corrigés de bien belle manière au verso... Une façon de montrer que si la chanteuse Monika est habile de sa voix, elle sait aussi faire preuve de talent un pinceau en main. Au final, "Orgasm" se révèle être pour moi une très bonne surprise, marquée par son caractère résolument novateur, le genre d'album qui pousse à suivre un groupe d'un peu plus près.

    (Reapie - 11/2003)
     
  18. Michele/Xyphias

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    Atrox - 'Orgasm'

    (556 Wörter in diesem Text)
    (8 mal gelesen)



    Die aus Norwegen stammende Band existiert schon seit 1988 und hat nach einigen Metamorphosen über Death- und Gothicmetal nun hin zum Progressive Schizo Metal gefunden. Und wirklich ? ?Orgasm? ist keinesfalls eine glatt produzierte Scheine, sondern unglaublich experimentell und vielschichtig.

    Der Gesang von Monika Edvardsen ist dabei in sämtlichen Tonlagen zu hören, mal lieblich, mal gekreischt, erinnert manchmal fast an Ex-PORTISHEAD-Frontfrau Beth Gibbons, mal an THE GATHERINGs Anneke van Giersbergen, und ist an anderer Stelle wiederum gar nicht mehr vergleichbar.
    ?Methods Of Survival? leitet das Album ein, verdammt riffig, verdammt, heavy, stellenweise unglaublich melodisch, fast verträumt und zerbrechlich zart, um dann wieder Gitarrenwände aufzuziehen. Das alles in Symbiose mit der mal zarten, mal lauten Stimme von Monika rundet die Sache ab. ?Flesh City? ist ebenso schnell, riffig und abwechslungsreich, jedoch wird hier die Frauenstimme zusätzlich von den männlichen Vocals von Bassist Peter begleitet, der zeigt, dass er ebenso kreischen kann wie sein weibliches Pendant.

    ?Heartquake? beginnt recht jazzig und erinnert mich stark an PORTISHEAD, was vom zarten, klaren Gesang von Monika bestärkt wird. Feine Gitarren und Basslinien, untermalt mit ein paar Synthieklängen, machen diesen Song zum Ruhepol des gesamten Silberlings. Der Bass wirkt hier fast wie gezupft, ganz anders als in den vorhergehenden Stücken, in denen die Klampfer ganze Arbeit leisteten. Der folgende Song, ?Burning Bridges?, beginnt auch sehr ruhig, lässt dann aber schnell einen Gitarrensturm aufkommen, riffig und melodisch, und im Hintergrund, aus den Riffs heraus, vernimmt man die Synthieklänge vom Beginn des Liedes, die fast unscheinbar sind, aber doch fein zu hören.
    Das Interessante an dieser Band und diesem Album ist, dass man nie sagen kann, wie sich ein Song auch nur ungefähr entwickeln wird, denn kein Song folgt auch nur irgendeinem Prinzip, eventuell dem Chaosprinzip. Trällert die Sängerin im einen Moment noch engelsgleich, ist es im nächsten Moment ein Kreischen, fast Jaulen oder Jammern ? unglaublich, wie sie ihre Stimme hier einsetzt, was sie aus ihr herausholt!

    ?This Vigil? wirkt zu Beginn fast gejammt, sehr ruhig und gelassen, erinnert teilweise an THE GATHERING, zum Beispiel zu Zeiten der ?How to measure a planet??, wird aber auch von rockigen Gitarren durchbrochen.
    Ich sagte ja: Die Band ist ein musikalisches Chamäleon, und das ist gut so ? erhebt es doch gewisse Ansprüche an den Hörer, und ich mag einfach Musik mit Ecken und Kanten.
    Den gesamten Silberling durchzieht eine Linie, auf der jammende, seichte Gitarren von einer klaren Stimme unterstützt werden, auf der ruhige Klangwellen auf wilde Gitarrenmeere treffen, auf der schnelle und harte Metal-Riffs gegen fast psychedelische Klänge angehen.
    Ihr seht schon - ATROX kann keiner so richtig beschreiben. Und ich vermute, genau so soll es sein.
    Wer also auf richtig experimentellen, progressiven Metal steht, der nicht mal eben so daherplätschert, sondern Beachtung und Gehör fordert, ist bei diesen Norwegern genau richtig!
     
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    Have you already visited the "Females in music"-thread in the "Non Metal"-forum? (In post no. 18 you´ll find quite a lot of interesting, though not necessarily all atypical bands/solo artists + "un peu d´information additionelle et aussi quelques liens".:) ) And if you would like to read a somewhat different review of an interesting concert which took place in November in Oslo and featured five female vocalists from four different countries (It wasn´t avantgarde, but it was :cool: !), go to www.zine-with-no-name.de/musikm/voggesanger_fra_ondskapens_akse_engl.html .:) (Is a little bit self-promotion allowed?)
     
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    Nina Hagen is German and is a bit in the punk vein but hmmm not really... uhhh, I have only two albums of her. I recommend "Nunsexmonkrock". She makes lots of funny voices and the songs are great too. "Nina Hagen Band" is a bit more straight edge rock, but it's cool as well. Would like to get more of her albums but I don't quite know where to start.

    Yma Sumac is is from Peru and she sang in lots of Hollywood (?) movies in the 1950s... Her voice spans over 5 octaves and she sings both ultra-high notes, sounding pretty much like a bird (she learned to sing by singing along with birds when she was a child) and very dark notes, in a harsh voice. I have "Voice of the Xtabay".

    Sainkho Namtchylak is from Tuva in Sibir. She is said to have 7 octaves!!!!!!! She does lots of ultra cool things with her voice, both Tuvan folk songs and own compositions. I have learned a lot by listening to her. Check out "Stepmother City", "Naked Spirit" and "Out of Tuva".

    Sussan Deyhim is Persian and she sings sufi songs and more avant garde stuff. Sensual, mysterious, spooky... really cool. Check out "Madman of God" and "Majoun" (that's Richard Horowitz and Sussan Deyhim). She also sings a bit on "Sahara Blue" by Hector Zazou, along with Dead Can Dance and other artists...

    Krøyt... The singer has a sometimes very sweet, sometimes very harsh voice, very special voice actually. Homepage: http://www.kroyt.com/ - there are soundclips there as well...
     

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