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Atreyu's second album shows real progression ..,
This review is from: The Curse (Audio CD)
ATREYU - THE CURSE
Atreyu are back. They're back again. They're back. With the follow up to their debut 'Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses', 'The Curse'. There is more of that heavy riffage, but less of those whiney lyrics. This is altogether a more upbeat and stronger record than the first, with the guitars, drumming and vocals having all improved since their last outing. Although this is more mainstream single material, that doesn't at any point compromise it; it's still heavy moshing sounds with Varkatzas's trademark growling sounding just the same as before and his regular audible singing having been fine tuned significantly.
Right from the bullet-speed introduction to live favourite 'Bleeding Mascara' we know we're in for a fast bounding ride. The dual guitars ring effortlessly throughout; the lead handling the high twiddly bits while the rhythm seems to be forever strumming out chords. The same "growly verses, audible chorus" structure has been applied, and the lyrics help the general upbeat feel of the album with love ballads rather than unrequited love ballads. "And I'll never to see the sun again, there's enough light in your eyes" sings Varkatzas cheesily, but it's a welcome break from the pessimism from the first album. On the cover of the album is an unattractive female vampire, and on 'This Flesh a Tomb' he sings "The bite marks on my neck never felt so good" - which is good to hear. The skill of this five piece is unwavering; they never stick too much to the same formula and they can handle the ferocious guitars brilliantly, although this album was made principally for the singing, with few solos. With such fast pace are the first six tracks rushed through that the slow 'The Remembrance Ballad' is a well needed breath of fresh air. After 'An Interlude', an instrumental and the only track where the bass is actually heard at all, it's more heavy riffing and screaming until the end. This loses some of its originality as a few of these songs are quite samey, and you'd be pressed to remember which song is called which near the end.
Putting an album full of pounding heavy upbeat speedy tracks is a good tactic, but there's only so much you can hear without tracks falling from memory. Luckily they decided to put the best track on the album as the last one; the compelling 'Five Vicodin Chased With a Shot of Clarity' is so full of energy and power that it shows a prime example of how to fit pacey melodies with distortion guitars. Overall I think people are going to enjoy this album a lot more than the first, and thus Atreyu succeed in jumping the hurdle of the second album. Carrying on in this vein could eventually get boring; but I'm very curious to see what they produce next.