Atreyu have filmed a 5-part video series documenting the recording process of their new album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, due out August 28th. Atreyu teamed with producer John Feldman (The Used, Good Charlotte) on the follow-up to A Death-Grip On Yesterday. The second installment of the video focuses around drummer/co-vocalist Brandon Sallers and his methods for recording his drum tracks on the new record. Check out the video at the links below.
Atreyu have announced that their new album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, will hit stores August 28th. Lead Sails Paper Anchor is the bands fourth album and major label debut on Hollywood Records. Recently the band posted a game on their website featuring the first single off the album, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Becoming the Bull.Ã¢â‚¬ The game challenges their fans to put Ã¢â‚¬Å“Becoming the BullÃ¢â‚¬ back together, with the fastest time winning a prize package that includes an autographed guitar and a copy of the album before it hits the streets. Atreyu will hit the road this summer with Korn and Evanescence on the Family Values tour.
Here are some of the albums that are in stores today.
Future of Forestry – Twilight
Dustin Kensrue – Please Come Home
Permanent Me – After The Room Clears
Atreyu – Best Of CD/DVD
Piebald – Accidental Gentleman
Damiera – M(us)ic
Beneath The Sky – What Demons Do To Saints
A Day To Remember – For Those Who Have Heart
Shins – Wincing The Night Away
Stole Your Woman – Scene
Atreyu are back, and to the dismay of many fans, “A Deathgrip On Yesterday” is not “Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses Pt. II” that they have been waiting for. It is, however, reminiscent of it. It has all the pissed off lines of “Suicide Notes..” while keeping the musical style of “The Curse.” Clocking in at a little over 30 minutes and having nine tracks is bound to upset some people. Don’t ask me what they were thinking, because I don’t know.
“Creature” opens the album with the signature Atreyu sound; Metal tinged guitars that evolve into jock rock chord progressions, and the dueling vocals of Alex Varkatzas and drummer Brandon Saller. Lyrically, this song is closer to “Suicide Notes..” as there are no Vampire references flooding your ears.
“Shameful” starts off showcasing Saller’s melodic presence as Alex serves as backup this time. Brandon’s voice has only gotten better over the past three records. If there was no screaming, this would be a straight up rock song as opposed to the “metalcore/hardcore/post-hardcore/whatever” label people have tagged this band with.
“Our Sick Story” is more of the classic Atreyu formula. Screamed verses with explosive melodic/scream-tinged choruses. Plus, there’s a guitar solo to boot!(Doesn’t compare to “Lipgloss and Black’s”, though.)
“The Theft” is a real oddity. You’ve never heard a song like this from Atreyu before. It’s a fucking ballad! I’m sorry, but that was my initial reaction to the song. You’re honestly going to be like, “What the Hell?” when you hear this. Don’t get me wrong, though. The song isn’t bad. Alex actually sings here. I don’t know why this dude hates his melodic voice. It’s pretty good on here. It definitely sounds like he’s worked with it, though.
“We Stand Up” will help you remember that you’re listening to Atreyu. It’s fast, heavy, and one of my favorite tracks on the album.
“Ex’s and Oh’s” is the “Drink Your Problems Away” anthem. I could easily get drunk to this song and have a ton of fun with it, even though it’s not a happy song by any means. Hell, it sounds like the band may have been drunk when they wrote it.
“Your Private War” is weak, basic Atreyu filler. Skip it.
“My Fork In the Road” is lyrically weak, but the music more than makes up for it. Despite the basic lyrics, the song is enjoyable.
“Untitled (Finale)” is another strong track musically, but the lyrics leave a lot to be desired. This is also not the best way to end this album.
With an even balance of high and low points, Atreyu still haven’t found the right spot. They seem to still be toying around with their sound, but this album seemed rushed, writing wise. Lyrically, I’m not impressed. Another, more focused, concept album could be what this band needs.
3. Our Sick Story (Thus Far)
4. The Theft
5. We Stand Up
6. Ex’s and Oh’s
7. Your Private War
8. My Fork In the Road
9. Untitled (Finale)