In Our Wake SEARCH AND DE­STROY OC met­al­core stal­warts seek a new cho­rus of ap­proval

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums. Lives. Merch. - DANNII LEIVERS

over the last

two decades Atreyu have proved to be in­cred­i­bly re­silient. In 2015 the vet­er­ans were warmly wel­comed back af­ter a four-year hia­tus, de­spite re­turn­ing to a met­al­core scene that bore lit­tle re­sem­blance to the one they left be­hind. While come­back al­bum Long Live did a good job of re­cap­tur­ing the angsty fire of their ear­lier ma­te­rial, In Our Wake picks up where their arena rock ef­fort, Lead Sails Pa­per An­chor, left off. Al­though that al­bum di­vided their fan­base, it re­mains the most ex­per­i­men­tal mo­ment in their canon and that ‘change things up’ men­tal­ity is splashed all over the place here, too. Pro­ducer John Feld­mann has been drafted back in for Atreyu’s most melodic al­bum yet. The band have used the in­tri­cacy of their more ag­gres­sive work spar­ingly, par­ing back front­man Alex Varkatzas’s growls and barks and play­ing to the skills of drum­mer/ clean vo­cal­ist Bran­don Saller. The Time Is Now, No Con­trol and Noth­ing Will Ever Change could eas­ily sit on Ask­ing Alexan­dria or Papa Roach’s most re­cent records, while House Of Gold’s cho­rus pro­vides an in­stant sugar hit, as well as fol­low­ing in the an­themic foot­steps of one-time peers Avenged Seven­fold. It’s fit­ting then, that M. Shad­ows adds a raspy verse to closer Su­per Hero, a cheesy bal­lad with real emo­tional clout. Those who loved the nos­tal­gia of Long Live may be dis­ap­pointed to see the band step­ping away from their sig­na­ture sound again, but Atreyu have proved here they can still boss a field-fill­ing cho­rus with the best of them.


Atreyu: des­tined to for­everdivide their fan­base

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