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Great riffage from young emocorists ...,
This review is from: Suicide Notes and Butterf (Audio CD)
ATREYU - SUICIDE NOTES AND BUTTERFLY KISSES
Since when did debut albums start being this phenomenal? Surely the first record release would show the least experience and skill; but I guess they've just been practising a lot, as shown by the debut album for emo-core five piece Atreyu. Usually I'm not fond of labels like "emo" and only use them as a general outline for the type of music. This album however, is unashamedly as "emo" as can be. All lyrics are written by the lead singer Alex Varkatzas, and you can't help shake the feeling that the band is simply a vehicle for him to vent his many, many disappointments and miseries. "I wish that someone still loved me" he whines on opening track 'A Song for the Optimists' (which our friend is definitely not). "My arms feel so numb" he complains shortly after. I'm all for bands singing from their heart, and that is obviously what he is doing, melodramatic though it may be. So no complaints here!
His vocal range is quite well tuned, growling his words deep from his throat throughout most verses then showing more audible talent on the choruses. This is especially evident on my favourite track 'At Least I Know I'm a Sinner', where he sings poignantly "My only solace is that one day judgement will come for he wicked." This seems to be the general set-up for most of the songs, but then they all prove the exception to the rule. There is no structure that is stuck to religiously; every song shows a lot of change, progression and ingenuity. The guitar and drum work all seems excellently written, with catchy riffs on basically every song. It's interesting to hear the upbeat chords intertwined effortlessly with the singing through no obvious pattern; and it works perfectly. On 'Someone's Standing on My Chest' the song undergoes all change halfway through, with a booming catchy riff slamming over and over again out of nowhere. I'll let them get away with the comparatively short track listing (ten songs) as they were no doubt exhausted after producing winning melody after winning melody.
I'm not going to over-hype this album to the point of musical genius, but it is undeniably a very good effort for a debut album. If you just want a great, though slightly generic example of metal of this era, then listen attentively. There is more sincerity and soul in this then the follow-up 'The Curse', but both are great purchases if growling heavy melodic metal is your type of thing.