Atreyu is back at it again. Reforming in 2014 after a three year hiatus, they looked toward putting out a powerful, raucous album and they have delivered. 'Long Live' is due out September 18, 2015 on Spinefarm Records.
With Alex Varkatzas screaming from the depths, joined with the melodic vocals and pounding pulse on the drums from Brandon Saller, matched with the string pairings of Dan Jacobs, Travis Miguel, and Mark McKnight, they have put together another heavy, groove-laden, and thought provoking album that is slammed full of powerful hooks and anthemic chants that will surely keep the pits moving and people singing along.
The title track, "Long Live" has been available for streaming and download since mid-July and has seen much radio play on both FM and SiriusXM's Octane station. Another track that has had consistent play is "Do You Know Who You Are". The latter having a hard plodding back beat with a great solo and a chorus that will be stamped into your brain after one listen. This album really does bring together influences of the band's whole career, as can be seen on "Heartbeats and Flatlines". It definitely plays out stylistically like a track combined from the heavy 'Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses' and the dark beauty of 'The Curse'. This one is probably my favorite on the album. All thus good being said, there is one song that gives me pause. "Brass Balls", the title itself even stands out on the track listing. It opens up in an odd place on the album and sounds like a forgotten Motley Crüe song. On it's own it's not really a bad song, just seems out of place on this album.
Atreyu have absolutely stepped up on this album. Having been one of the pioneers of the so-called Metalcore genre, they have over and over again added more depth and made adjustments to keep from being tied down and lost in the ever changing landscape of heavy music. I can't say enough good things about this album. 10 \m/'s
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