Atrophy – ‘Chemical Dependency’
Album Review By Adam McCann
To some, the Arizona band epitomises a time when thrash metal was in its prime, ruling the airwaves with its bullet belts, leathers and spikes. This year has Atrophy re-release ‘Chemical Dependency’, their original 1987 demo recordings for the first time on CD.
For fans of Atrophy, ‘Chemical Dependency’ is one of the sacred relics of thrash metal and this re-release features the original six tracks that are ready for consumption for the CD Hi-Fi. Those who have never heard Atrophy in this raw format will enjoy the bands youthful hunger and vigour, tearing through tracks such as the blisteringly paced ‘Beer Bong’ and the thrashing ‘Rest In Pieces’. Furthermore, this ‘Chemical Dependency’ release also comes readily equipped with four bonus tracks recorded live on Atrophy’s first foray across the border into Canada supporting none other than Sacred Reich. However, these recordings are little more than cleaned up bootlegs and whilst they show Atrophy at their most primal, at any significant volume, it is possible to hear general conversation amongst the audience.
‘Chemical Dependency’ is ultimately reserved for huge fans and collectors of the band, it shows the point in the band’s genesis which kickstarted it all and whilst enjoyable, it is difficult to see what the casual listener would get out of it.
Rating : 60/100
MHF Magazine/Adam McCann