Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews - STEVE BEEBEE

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.

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