IN OUR WAKE (SPINEFARM)
FOR FANS OF: Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Papa Roach
■ If you had to list five things that would make the world a better place, chances are the words ‘more metalcore bands’ would not be included. Veteran California bruisers Atreyu have a different take on things, and have brought a new focus to their once patchy wares since returning from a near-four-year hiatus in 2014. In fairness, they’re one of the best bands the often maligned genre’s undercard has to offer, and while there’s a few tracks on In Our Wake that just pointlessly rage around, the majority are slick and heavy, reaching climactic resolutions. This is best illustrated on Nothing Will Ever Change, which kicks off with Slipknot-styled verses before easing into a genuinely magnificent hook. The Time Is Now is a good, stop-start stomper, while closer Super Hero showcases a rarely glimpsed progressive side to the band. While never considered genuine title contenders, Atreyu’s grasp of modern metal earworms has never been firmer.