Okkult is the first album of a potent trilogy of releases from the experienced German metal group Atrocity. Atrocity are not afraid to try something different as they have experimented with different styles following on from their death metal beginnings.
One of the prime attractions of Okkult is the atmospheric orchestral infused music something that draws myself to other intense dark metal bands like Dimmu Borgir. When a group gets this alluring combination right it just fits so well and Atrocity have accomplished just that on Okkult.
To help achieve the haunting mood of Okkult Atrocity enlisted Canadian Sound Designer Katie Halliday who has worked on various movies including The Devil's Carnival, Saw V, Saw VI and Saw 3D (VII). For the wonderful orchestral parts of Okkult the Lingua Mortis Orchestra has been brought on board directed by Victor Smolski (RAGE), and the end results of these collaborations show they were very worthwhile. Vocally Atrocity also got it right with a darkened mix and the use of choirs, to complete the package the album is also sonically impressive.
Okkult makes an impact with"Pandaemonium" and that darkened symphonic metal, "Death By Metal" is a dark potent and a wickedly catchy brisk song that features riveting guitar work like in the gripping section where Atrocity slows it down. The guitar input throughout Okkult is really worth mentioning with a great selection of riffs in line with the diversity of the songs and their themes. Also adding to the variety on Okkult Atrocity does a Rammstein switching to German vocals for an impressive number called "Satan's Braut".
Okkult is a very good Atrocity release that you will be drawn back to easily; I find that the appeal continues to grow every time I hear it.
2) Death By Metal
3) March of the Undying
4) Haunted by Demons
5) Murder Blood Assasination
6) Necromancy Divine
7) Satan's Braut
9) Masaya (Boca Del Infierno)
10) When Empires Fall to Dust
11) Beyond Perpetual Ice
12) La Voisine