Wacken - 2010

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

The German death / industrial and so on metal band Atrocity was celebrating its 25th anniversary as a band, and they did so by playing a special Werk 80 show at Wacken’s Party Stage.
Or at least so it was said, but after my count not everything played song was from said album, nor was everything off the album played either.

A large but surprisingly loosely packed crowd had gathered round, and even though it was nearing the end of the night, and a slight chill filled the air, everyone seemed expectant for what was coming, and even though this was my first time seeing Atrocity, I had gathered that their shows tend to be something above the normal. And so it was.
To get things moving, the band began playing hard and fast after a short intro (sadly a bit low in volume, but that was fixed quickly), and the show part of the performance was easily identified by the special stage setup with the huge Broadway like light-sign in the back, the polished metal-bars out on the sides and the huge pillars of fire erupting around the whole place. The focus on the bars intensified as several young strip-like dancing girls helped us keep warm and awake, while the band did their thing as well with the music.
Especially singer Alexander Krull seemed very excited about the performance, and was constantly moving about the whole stage, whereas the rest of the band took things a bit more calm.

Interestingly, even though this was my first time seeing Atrocity, I noticed that the faces were familiar to me.
This, as it turned out, was because I had only a festival ago seen Leaves’ Eyes (also for the first time), which is basically the same band, but doing a completely different genre, and have Krull’s wife Liv Kristine Espenæs Krull fronting.
Just as Krull himself worked as an extra singer in Leaves’ Eyes, so there was a few songs during this Atrocity gig where Mrs. Krull came on stage and shared her vocals with us. How she felt about all the other, half-naked women around her husband we will never truly know, but she didn’t seem to mind at the time… She wasn’t the only note-worthy female musician on stage either though, as I was pleased to once again see Alla Fedynitch doing her bass thing in a cool and convincing manner.

As I mentioned in the beginning, the set did not only revolve around the Werk 80 album as I had been led to believe, but was more split into two parts, where the first half, which contained B.L.U.T. and Seasons In Black among others, was a mix of the bands own compositions, and the second half was a mix of both Werk 80 and Werk 80 II.
The show was ended with Tears For Fears song Shout, which paradoxically had the weakest vocal performance of the entire gig; it felt as though both of the Krull’s were holding back, and on top of that the vocals were set very low again…

Still, this proved my hypothesis that Atrocity is one band which pamper for your every need in a show; this concert simply had it all, and even though I am no great connoisseur of their music, I felt fulfilled and thoroughly entertained after the band had taken a last bow and left the stage. Definitely a concert I would not like to have been without.

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