Atrophia Red Sun - _Twisted Logic_
by: Brian Meloon (
This is the second full-length release from Poland's Atrophia Red Sun.
I'm not familiar with their previous offering, but this album features
a novel brand of thrash augmented by spacy keyboards. Their music has
a frantic or anxious vibe, as it's tight and punchy but not really very
aggressive. They have a vaguely computerized sound, but this comes mostly from the keys; unlike other "cyber" bands such as Obliveon, the guitars and drums don't have a processed feel. The songs flow pretty well,
with the band eschewing standard verse-chorus structures in favor of a
more flexible approach. The playing is competent, though not particularly
challenging, and the production is quite good. Vocals are usually a raspy
shout, with some other styles as well, such as a lower, almost-spoken
growl, some processed vox, and some clean vocals (which need some work). The keyboards are a dominant part of their sound. At times they have a new-agey feel, which provides an interesting contrast with the thrash underneath, and produces some of the disc's best moments. At other times the keys sound cheesy and cheapen the atmosphere, such as when they steal the "X-Files" theme (in the title track). Despite this they
do offer an innovative sound, and those looking for something original
to satisfy their cybermetal needs should track this down.
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