Atlas Shrugged "Vigilante Songs" CDPosted on Monday, November 19th, 2007 @ 8:29am » permalink
I'm not sure what the deal is with this release (via Trip Machine Laboratories) since the core three demo tracks were recorded way back in 1998, which I believe is the year that Atlas Shrugged originally called it quits, but I'm certainly not complaining, 'cause I'm way the fuck into this band and have been anxiously awaiting a potential discography CD for quite some time now. I've got a vinyl release or two from the Atlas Shrugged back catalog, but I don't really listen to vinyl anymore, and as someone who got into this band way late (despite having read about them all over the place back in the day, I only first heard their material a few years ago as the result of a post I made about Ghidrah, whose lineup shared some members with Atlas Shrugged) I just haven't been able to listen to their material nearly as much as I'd like to.
For those uninitiated, the band's style was pretty heavily influenced by Burn and that sort of niche – what with all the fairly technical little arpeggiated riffs and open chords with the cool melodic characteristics and ringing dissonance and stuff – though these cats were maybe a little heavier on the chunky grooves and undercurrents. Tacked on after the three demo tracks here is a full live set recorded at CBGB in May of 1997, which is also fairly solid, but as someone who's never been a big fan of live recordings, it's pretty much all about the demo songs for me. But all three of those tunes are completely fuckin' awesome – including the closing cover of Altercation's "Vigilante Song" (Anyone out there able to hook me up with Altercation mp3's?) – and the way "The Haze Control" kicks off kills me every time. Love that shit. Love it.
I'm unsure of ordering information here but I'm assuming it's relatively inexpensive to get your hands on a copy of the CD-R, so get in touch with the label through MySpace to see what's up. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for a complete Atlas Shrugged discography release sometime in the future, man. That shit definitely needs to happen…