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Socialized Hate (Ltd.Ed) (Rm) Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 8 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Metal Mind
  • ASIN: B000JYWEY2
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1. Chemical Dependency
2. Killing Machine
3. Matter Of Attitude
4. Preacher, Preacher
5. Beer Bong
6. Socialized Hate
7. Best Defense
8. Product Of The Past
9. Rest In Pieces
10. Urban Decay
11. Chemical Dependency
12. Rest In Pieces
13. Preacher, Preacher

Product Description

Initially known as Heresy, this thrash metal outfit hailed from Tucson, Arizona, USA. The band was formed in 1987 by vocalist Brian Zimmerman and guitarist Chris Lykins. Recruiting Rick Skowron (guitar), James Gulotta (bass) and Tim Kelly (drums), they recorded a demo "Chemical dependency", the same year. This attracted the attention of thrash specialists Roadrunner Records, who immediately recognized them as a band with great potential. "Socialized Hate" was an impressive debut, featuring heavy-duty riffing, screaming guitars and thoughtful lyrics. Their second album "Violent by nature" saw some musical progression, with the material showing a greater awareness of melody and a slightly less extreme approach.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa876be88) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa861b8ac) out of 5 stars One of the 5% of classic thrash albums that is perfectly timeless July 14 2007
By KStu - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Stick with me, here. I'm not one of those musicphiles who feels he/she has to write glowing reviews of all their personal top 500 albums, claiming each and every one is the greatest of all time. Those people really suck. This is my first, possibly only, review of any album in "publication". If one person reads this, I've done my job. If no one reads this, I can still live with myself. I tried.

Let's face it, most classic (mid-late 80's) thrash albums not by slayer have some sort of glitch that may make it tough to listen to nowadays. Squealing, whiney, operaman vocals, brassy guitar tone that hurts at high volume, terrible recording methods on drums, thin sounding bass guitar.

Not here.

Socialized Hate is the most underrated thrash album ever, end of discussion. Bill Metoyer's direction in recording helped create an amazingly "proper" sounding thrash album. Not too clean, not too dirty, not unlike "Beneath The Remains" by Sepultura(moment of silence, please.............) on Socialized Hate, everything pops.

It still sounds fresh. Zimmerman's voice will grow on you. A terrific growl that isn't messy enough to distort the excellent messages contained in the lyrics. The guitars are outstanding fundamentally, but aren't they always in thrash? Lykins and Skowron can play. Guitar tone is razor sharp. Rhythm section is perfectly on point for the genre. Bass tone is defined yet adds tons of body, like a fine wine. Drums sound like normal drums, not like Lars's in St. Anger. That drum sound made me want to go out and jump off my neighbor's roof, their house is taller than mine. These drums sound like you're in the room with the band. Washy high hat, loose resonation in the snare sound. Tons of double bass without the "showing off" = six million beats per second (Fear Factory?). The pace is right where I like it. Just right.

Don't get me started about the music itself. O.K., get me started. Excellent all the way through. I'll suggest two highlights for the album, one broad and one specific. Broadly speaking, almost every song has what I like to refer to as a "guitar break", you know what I mean, where everything changes over to another related riff that rocks your balls off, only to return back to the song itself. Specific moment of bombastic brilliance is after the solos in "preacher, preacher" fade,bass solo, drum fill, guitar solo, guitar+guitar+bass doubling each other in a maelstrom of thrash nirvana. You'll be left needing nothing more. While it plays, you'll be in the veritable absence of thrash want, to get all philosophical on your arse.

I've written enough, but I still can't manage to stop myself. Go buy it. I don't care how much of your own money you have to spend. I paid $25, would have paid $125. Can't afford it? Get a paper route. If you were in the band and are reading this to wax nostalgic, you're the man. It rules.....really, really hard. I've told folks that this is the album that I would distribute 100 copies of to good metal lovin' friends if I won the lottery, which is a little hypocritical b/c I've never purchased a lottery ticket. I'm losing focus here.

Buy it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa861b900) out of 5 stars If only life were fair.... May 23 2006
By Shaun Flannery - Published on
Format: Audio CD
....there would still be a band around called Atrophy. Now I know what a lot of you are going to thing right off the bat: These guys aren't any good. That's a very unfair judgement considering most of the people who are of that opinion didn't give them but a cursory glance.

I have been listening to thrash since '84 and heard more than my fair share of the good and the bad, and in my humble (ha ha) opionion Atrophy is one of the few bands whose cds I still own, because they are still as fine today as they were back then. The riffs are tight, the lyrics are still relevant, and even though it's not heaviest out there, it's still more than adequate for me.

If you call yourself a fan of the genre, or if you're looking into becoming a fan, give Atrophy a/another chance to kick your ass and add your name to the, hopefully, ever growing list of fans.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa861bd38) out of 5 stars diamond in the rough Jan. 17 2010
By Jason E. Kincaid - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
this album is one of the best thrash metal albums of all time. atrophy amongst all the other thrash bands, are usually overlooked. this album is fast, loud, and just badass. totally give this record a listen, you'll be glad that you did.
HASH(0xa861bd20) out of 5 stars Second-Tier Thrash from the Classic Era May 8 2014
By J. Hill - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Atrophy was a thrash band in the late '80's, early '90's who got decent coverage in some of the metal magazines of the time, but never broke through to the next level. They remained an underground band, releasing two albums through Roadrunner, who had all kinds of obscure thrash bands back then. "Socialized Hate," their debut album, showed a good deal of promise. Based out of Arizona, these guys mixed the Bay Area sound heard on Testament's first two albums with a subtle hardcore sensibility somewhat like "Among the Living"-era Anthrax. The band's biggest strength was definitely in the guitar department. This album has loads of killer thrash riffs typical of the time period, but without sounding too much like other bands. Solos are also impressive. Atrophy was somewhere in the middle ground between, say, Vio-lence and Forbidden. They weren't quite as raw as Vio-lence, and not quite as technical as Forbidden. "Socialized Hate" is a mostly strong album, with almost every song at the same level of quality. Only a couple of so-so tracks keep it from five stars, namely the somewhat generic "Killing Machine" (which has a good chorus, nonetheless) and the sophomoric "Beer Bong." Other than that, all the other songs stand out on their own. Some people might not like the vocals, which are gruff and aggressive, but nowhere near as accessible as a young James Hetfield or Chuck Billy. If you're a fan of early Testament, Anthrax, Overkill, really the whole 1985-ish thrash sound, you might enjoy both of Atrophy's albums. They were one of the above-average bands from back then that didn't quite make it, but still made a mark.
HASH(0xa862b21c) out of 5 stars Very good 80's thrash!! Aug. 4 2006
By critico constructivo - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is the first album on the RC catalog by this quintet. They make interesting thrash similar to Intruder and Evildead. The vocalist is good, the guitars is the interesting part i tough. There's a few great songs with a solid musicianship but others lack of something, otherwise is a good thrash album. If you want something similar try Evildead, Intruder and Xentrix.

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