"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 1979
From: Newcastle, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Atomkraft News

Below is our complete Atomkraft news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.


Sunday Old School: Atomkraft

Speed metal is a genre that’s quite hard to define. Many bands are slapped with the tag while also labelled “heavy metal” or “thrash metal,” which most people agree are the genres that bookend Speed. Whatever the case, there are some excellent bands tagged with the label, many of whom found critical, if not commercial success. Today, we’ll take a look at one such band, which like some of Britain’s finest metal groups, formed in the North East, specifically New castle. A band whose name literally encapsulates power, Atomkraft.

The band was originally put together by vocalist, Tony Dolan and drummer, Paul Spillet as a punk outfit which went by the name of Moral Fibre, recruiting guitar players, Ian Legg and Chris Taylor along the way, though they would mostly operate as a trio. Their moniker was changed after Taylor returned from a trip to Bremen in North West Germany, with badges sporting the anti nuclear power slogan, "Atomkraft, Nein Danke!" and the group decided to take the first word for a new name, feeling that it suited their new, heavy metal approach better. More...

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Atomkraft Reveals New EP Details

British heavy metal veterans Atomkraft has revealed that they will be releasing a new EP entitled, "Cold Sweat" on August 29th through W.A.R. Productions. The record will feature a cover version of the classic Thin Lizzy song of the same name, as well as bonus tracks (available only on the CD version.) You can check out a video clip featuring the cover below. "Cold Sweat" will be made available in the following two formats:

-- 7" EP limited to 200 copies only in colored vinyl + insert
-- MCD limited to 1000 copies with two bonus tracks

Guest guitarist Joe Matera stated: "This is a recording that was done around 2005; I remember laying down my guitar solo around that time. It was going to be released back then but due to circumstances at the time, it got shelved."

Thin Lizzy's Scott Gorham­ also commented: "I actually really liked this version of 'Cold Sweat' a lot. Cool solo. I also liked the way Atomkraft made the song their own with the arrangement and production. Very cool." More...

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