|Review: Atrophy - Chemical Dependency|
Label: Vic Records
Year released: 2019
Originally released in: 1987
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: October 16, 2019
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.17/5 (83.33%) (6 Votes)
Vic Records have been reissuing a lot of old, sometimes obscures, albums and demos lately and that leads to some interesting discoveries. Chemical Dependency was a cassette demo back in 1987 and this reissue includes the original songs along with live versions recorded live in Toronto in 1989 (despite the time period, the live recordings are pretty good).
Chemical Dependency is all you'd expect from underground thrash from that period. No frills, in-your-face and even a little catchy, with guitar work that just calls for you to break out the air guitar to play along. Let's not forget the clean thrash vocals that were the order of the day with most U.S. thrash bands; easily understandable but with that little edge that gives them a bit of youthful aggression. There's nothing surprising here: Atrophy did what was done at the time and they did it well. It's nice that this material is once again made available to the masses.
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