Atomizer is the debut full-length album by American punk rock group Big Black released in 1986.Wikipedia
Even if it's abrasive as shit, it's still very accessible and likable. Love Durango's and Steve's driving guitar, Roland plays the drums like a damn machine. The bass sounds beautiful. Also, Steve's delivery is spot on and the lyrics, even if they're simple in nature, when paired with the music, want me to punch a hole in the wall in sheer rebellion, anger, and hatred towards the world and the state we're headed. Oh, and it was recorded in 1985, some 35-40 years ago, and it still feels like it was recorded yesterday. Holy shit. A landmark in music. Fucking recommended the whole way. Also, Steve, if you're ever reading this, I love you and everything you do.
5.0 - Came to this with low expectations and they were immediately shattered. I've come to respect Steve Albini's exalted status as a producer. Now I'm in awe of him as a complete artist. The interplay of brutal drum machine, growly bass and clear vocals situated defiantly in the foreground - these elements make this album feel timeless. And the guitar sounds! Dry, gnarly, industrial. "Kerosene" is an obvious standout - so bleak! How do they conjure a screeching pterodactyl on "Passing Complexion"?? This album sounds nothing like what I know about 1985.
And this will stay with you until you die
Wholesome songs about paedophilia, racial passing, abuse of power in the police force, arson and self-immolation, shame, fist fucking and domestic violence, alcoholism, the tale of a Vietnam vet who becomes a contract killer (or is it really about drug addiction), the rat race, and cattle slaughter in abattoirs. The aural equivalent of suffering blunt force trauma to the head from a sledgehammer, these guys are so nasty, hard and bleak, that they make everyone else’s music sound as light and fluffy as a Disney movie soundtrack.
Still love this album. Bleak, angry, raging, powerful stuff. I don't think they ever bettered this, although Songs About F*cking comes very close.
Loud noisy fun. Always worth a revisit.
Damn... dehä e hårt
A big noise from big boys. I have this on vinyl and still play it often. I believe Nirvana ripped BB off with a lame, sanitized version. This is the real deal.
Rough and gritty. Good.
Did not expect to like this so much, but it fucks pretty hard. 4.25
Fun, verryyyyyy similar to Minor Threat. Good, yes.
What a ride
You have to listen to this loud to match the vocals with the instruments or else you’ll hear more instruments than the vocals. Which is either brilliant for a punk band or just because I listened on YouTube
Probably not one I'd listen to again but it really grew on me as I listened. Some great, heavy riffs. Standout track: Bazooka Joe
Had not listened to this one before. But it's very good. Sort of a punk rock/industrial thing. Reznor of NiN was probably a fan of this album. I liked it.
This is a great album. I was very into hardcore punk when this came out and it was just… different sounding but with all the intensity and emotion.
Is it punk, metal, industrial? All of the above.. Great album that help pave the way for industrial metal bands suck as Ministry, NIN, KMFDM. Great album. Kerosene is so damn good.
I'm not sure I'll remember much of this tomorrow but it's really good fun while you listen to it. I dare anyone to listen to Strange Things and not nod their head manically along to the beat.
Pretty cool, shame it's not on Spotify though 4
That was angry fun. I heard bits of The Pixies as well as some angsty metal. There was a pop sensibility hiding in well constructed, musical songs.
very fun noisy stuff. might be my favourite punk album now
Clxssic. The pounding drum machine, Albini’s inelegant delivery, and the sound they produce from their metallic guitars is either stunningly ghastly or like you’re being run over with a bulldozer. That being said, there are better noise-rock albums out there… well deserving of being on this list, nonetheless
Um, yes please. May I have another? I'm really embarrassingly unfamiliar with most of Albini's own music (though I have listened to Shellac some), but I loved this! Absolutely scratches the itch of early Ministry and all that Wax Trax industrial stuff, but still has a quality to it that's entirely separate from that scene. Weirder guitar sounds and noisier perhaps? Whatever you want to call it, I would have loved this in 1993 and kind of can't fathom that it came out in '85. Btw, did you see the news that Steve Albini won like $150k in a poker tournament recently? Can you imagine playing cards with that dude? Ha. Anyway, this one was way up my alley and has given me a sliver of hope in this list yet. Will we see a Ministry record? Skinny Puppy? Nipple rings crossed, dudes.
You can hear so much of Albini's influence – whether it be the song structure, sound, or production – on grunge/alternative/punk/HC. Collectively, the songs work well together. Definitely will revisit in the future.
I'm too old to waste time listening to this fucking guy yell at me for an hour. Beats are interesting I guess.
Reminds me of Rage, Grew on me second time round, Might come back later. 5/10
Strong 3, wiggy music
One of the more yikes-inducing albums on the list, I'm sure. I hope Steve Albini is confused by my having listened to as flac files taken from a vinyl edition.
Punk oscuro. Ni fu ni fa.
Liked the instrument play but did not like the screaming, felt out of place
Never heard of this album or band before...but man there are some crazy tracks here...If I ever had a budget could see using some of these in a film. Fists of Love and Kerosene being two off the top of my head.
It explains a lot about where Albini is coming from. I enjoyed this.
first listen very harsh industrial sound and i didn't not like it
Not available on Spotify. Found on your tube. Pretty good.
Good punk/industrial record for it’s time, definitely a pioneer. Poor quality recording and redundant songs dropped this one down for me, but still great stuff
I don't know about this one
punk bem executado.
They have this industrial sound that I'm used to with CSS.
Lidt noget larm, men der var fin gang i det.
Lot of energy but I just didn't like it.
Too hard too fast too loud
Found this one a bit hard to listen to
too abrasive for my liking
2, ne sviđa mi se, naporno za slušat
Thos was pretty shitty.
I like this genre, but not this album
Heavy, driving, hard, too much for these old ears
Bij de eerste nummers dacht ik het te moeten doorworstelen. Maar al bij al was het niet 'verschrikkelijk'
One halfway-interesting track and a whole lot of noise. Best track: Kerosene
I just can’t win.
Not sure if it's the YouTube quality but this sounds way more industrial than punk (to be fair I'm not schooled on the cross over there)
Couldnt play it on spotify
Too much for me, no thanks.
Deliberately trying to make bad music in the 80’s must have been very dificult
I'm really torn with this one. I liked the energy and some of it really had me hooked. But the production sounded off to me - too thin or small or something? And the more I listened to it, the more I wanted it to end, which isn't great. I won't go back unless some really explains it to me.
You have to be on Spotify to exist. It's a shame since the bit I listened to on YouTube sounded pretty cool
Just not for me
Just not me. Tried hard, but this didn’t move the needle.
Сверх ужасная музыка. Записывали явно на кухне
Einstaka sinnum skemmtilegt gítarsarg og gott beat, en miður skemmtilegt umfjöllunarefni í textunum og á köflum of fráhrindandi fyrir mig. Æi, ég nenni þessu ekki.
Not my thing. Couldn’t get through it
Not on Spotify