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24th August 2017


Norwegians Atrox are back after nine years of silence with their sixth album, 'Monocle', released on Dark Essence Records on September 8th, and today, track number two from this dark, atmospheric and catchy prog/industrial opus is premiering here on MetalTalk.

'Monocle' was recorded by guitarist Rune Sørgård and here is 'Vacuum'.

The band collectively told us:

"'Vacuum' is one of the 'wicked boys' from the album. A straight to the point, no bullshit high energy tune with lyrics about the fact that more and more individuals are living their lives on and through the internet. Finding it hard to cope in the outside world.

"The web - where you can edit yourself to death. This song shows a darker side to the band - could we call it 'Norwegian avantgarde Black Metal'?

"Wicked or not, join us on the dark side - we got music."


Atrox have always been something different within the Metal scene. Starting off in 1990 in Trondheim from the ashes of the Death Metal band Suffocation, they could easily be labelled as a melodic Doom Metal band.

After 1997s debut, 'Mesmerized', the band transformed and came back with new members and a totally new sound in 2000 with 'Contentum'. Over the years, more members have changed and their style has progressed for each album.

Now, with 'Monocle', their first album since 2008s 'Binocular', they've fine-tuned their highly progressive, experimental and industrial sound and are back with full force.

'Monocle' shows a darker side of the band, with more epic and atmospheric elements than earlier. At the same time, there are some extremely catchy and upbeat parts throughtout the album, cementing the unique and special sound Atrox have.

It's safe to say they've again progressed further, building on the rich musical legacy of the band since their formation.

  Tours and festival dates will be announced in the near future.


'Monocle' tracklist:
1. Mass
2. Vacuum
3. Heat
4. Finger
5. Suicide Days
6. For We Are Many
7. Movie
8. Target
Atrox are:
Rune Folgerø - vocals
viNd - guitar
Rune Sørgård - guitar and technology
Tor Arne Helgesen - drums
Erik Paulsen - bass


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