ATREYU


"A Death-Grip on Yesterday" (Victory Records; 2006)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Atreyu's "A Death-Grip On Yesterday" is an action-packed, fun to listen to rock'n'roll ride that is both entertaining and very well executed. 

I'd heard tracks from Atreyu before, but had never listened to an entire release. I was blown away by the scope and talent overall of this band as displayed on "A Death-Grip on Yesterday." 

The songwriting is the work of real talent and 80% of the time it really worked. As for the other 20%, well, I sometimes found it banal and a little bit boring. Don't get me wrong. I really liked "A Death Grip on Yesterday" and, frankly, for any band to hold my attention for an entire release is truly something. 

Bottom line, Atreyu's "A Death-Grip On Yesterday" is a solid performance despite the fact that two or three tracks could have easily been excised.

For more information, check out http://www.atreyurock.com


"The Curse" (Victory Records; 2004)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

It goes without saying that my review of Atreyu's "Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses" was pretty much on the mark as far as my prediction about it not getting heavy rotation in my CD player; in fact, I probably only listened to it twice more shortly after its release. Before reviewing the band's latest effort, "The Curse," I decided to give "Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses" a spin to refresh my memory. It's safe to say that "Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses" is a lot more melodic and a whole lot less chaotic than my screwy head imagined it to be. In fact, I liked it quite a bit this time around perhaps not enough to change my original two and a half chainsaw rating, but enough to warrant more frequent spins in the future.

After a nearly two-year wait, Atreyu's latest effort "The Curse" arrives on the heels of ongoing critical acclaim and appearances at the 2004 version of OzzFest. Atreyu are keeping pretty good company these days, don't you think?

I am always wary of metal bands that have 'singles' and Atreyu offer "Right Side Of The Bed" as a single (no doubt in hope of gaining airplay). "Right Side Of The Bed" certainly has a slick chorus that veers dangerously close to Killswitch Engage, but is counterbalanced perfectly by impassioned and anguished guttural growls. Haste is another band that comes to mind due to the abundance of (and seemingly appropriate) clean vocals that enhance the tracks on "The Curse" whereas they were a bit of a misplaced distraction on "Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses." It's not until a track like "Corseting" that Atreyu evoke the sound of their debut.

Overall, on "The Curse," Atreyu have polished their sound that they so expertly debuted on "Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses." One would normally expect this to occur with a band with more studio and concert experience, but the added dimension of "The Curse" is a healthy confidence that should bode well for the band's future.

"The Curse" was produced by GGGarth.

Atreyu: Alex Varkatzas on vocals, Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel on guitars, Mark McKnight on bass, and Brandon Saller on vocals and drums.

For more information visit http://www.atreyurock.com


"Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses" (Victory Records; 2002)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Sounding very much like a hardcore band heavily influenced by Killswitch Engage and Darkest Hour, Atreyu's blend of hardcore, rock, and melodic metal is by no means original, but certainly part of the huge crest of bands riding the gruff vocals/melodic vocals version of heavy music that is proliferating the scene these days.

While "Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses" is decent, the ten tracks often seem crammed together with parts that sound cool enough, but too often not appropriate for what's going on around it - "Living Each Day Like You're Dead" is a prime example. I guess what I'm trying to say is that most of the tunes lack complementary riffs that make each song stand on its own. 

It's obvious that there is a lot of talent and potential in Atreyu. While I am certain I won't find time to replay "Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses," I am, however, very much interested in hearing this band progress in the future - especially since I think American bands have struck a nerve with the music buying public with this new form of music.

"Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses" was produced by Eric Rachel (Atomic Bitchwax, E-Town Concrete, God Forbid, Symphony X).

Atreyu is Alex Varkatzas on vocals, Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel on guitars, Chris Thomson on bass, and Brandon Saller on drums and melody vocals.

For more information visit http://www.atreyurock.com/. 


"Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses" (Victory Records; 2002)

Reviewed by Rose Grech

The efforts of Atreyu, out of Orange County, California, are a bit extreme, jumbled and overdone.

In "Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses," the guitar riffs speed past as though we were still in the 80s, where Van Halen and Iron Maiden were kings, with an overabundance of atrocious solos. The songs are harsh, scattershot and abruptly end, making it hard to believe you just heard a song.

Atreyu explores diverse dual vocals; one is ferocious, caustic and incoherent while the other tries to be melodic and harmonious. However, the menacing vocals overpower each song, while the tranquil one is heard more during the choruses. Despite their efforts, both vocals do not fit with the instrumental beats.

The allegorical lyrics, focusing on human growth struggle and the pain and desire of relationships, seem to be the only creative and amiable element in their music.

For more info check out www.victoryrecords.com


Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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