This band has greatly improved since the Armageddon Won’t Be Brought By Gods… 7” and the Greenwashing LP (I haven’t listened to the split with OI POLLOI). This took the heavy from heavy metal and the punk from punk rock and made quite a concoction- the guitars are doomy thrash punk, drums and bass beat-keeping instruments, and the vocals are mostly snarling shrilly shouts from Sarah, with some contributions from guitarist Chris. Though less anthemic in nature than some of A.T.U.’s previous songs, these tunes still kill- this is some real ripping crust (in fact, it might be accurate to think of the band as a punkier HELLBASTARD, as though that band decided to be more influenced by punk than by metal). The lyrics are very pointed left-wing punxiness- well-penned, but not deviant from the usual Profane Existence type stuff. Still, the riffs and beats in “The End of Complacency” are enough to keep me headbanging and jumping off tables (and other elevated surfaces); intellectually, it’s enough to keep me intrigued and interested in the band for a while. Very recommended. -Aunty Social
Profane Existence Records/ PO Box 18051 / Minneapolis, MN 55418
ATU got another raging review for their Black Sands 7″. This time they made it into Hails & Horns Magazine. The review is up on the Hails & Horns website and will run in the next printed issue. Check it out HERE!
Also in PE News copies of the ATU – Black Sands 7″ will come with a “golden ticket” (while supplies last) featuring an explanation, written by the band, as to why the record was delayed and where to find a version of the song “The End of Complacency” with the sample still in it. Note: this golden ticket will NOT get you a personalized tour of the Profane Existence chocolate factory. We don’t have one!
Order the 7″ HERE!