Atreyu A Death Grip On Yesterday on LP + Download
In a musical environment that values style at least as much as substance, many bands embrace one over the other, or attempt to walk a tightrope between excessive showiness and serious, honest song craft. Atreyu firmly established themselves on the side of solid songwriting, tight arrangements and musicianship with their previous albums, Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses and The Curse. 2006's A Death-Grip on Yesterday took their dedication to new heights with great metallic rock songs, mind-boggling guitar runs and the dynamic brutality they are known for.
The album was produced in collaboration with Josh Abraham, known for his work with Velvet Revolver, Korn and Staind; it shows off Atreyu's trademark incendiary guitars and soaring choruses with a thunderous rhythm section framing each track. Lyrically, Atreyu comes out swinging, with solid blows against hypocrisy, betrayal and corruption. "This record is a journey for me," singer Alex Varkatzas said. "It is shedding the past and growing beyond it, and all that it entails."
The album kicks off with "Creature," a razor sharp track that embodies everything that makes Atreyu unique; vocal interplay that flaunts the melodic lines of drummer Brandon as they slam against the enraged roars of front man Varkatzas. "The Theft" builds arena-sized backgrounds of lush synth, joined by pretty guitar figures and a graceful vocal that breaks hard against Varkatzas meaty counterpoint. "Ex's and Oh's" takes Atreyu into more traditional rock territory, with sharp hooks and a truly spectacular guitar solo that makes it from strong to colossal.
Atreyu exploded out of Orange County in 2002. Previously unknown to the rest of the world, the band released their stunning debut album, Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses and follow-up The Curse, grabbing the attention of a wide spectrum of music fans by demolishing the barriers between rock, melodic hardcore and metal. The band's original, unique music hit like a lightning bolt in hard music circles, energizing audiences and redefining the hardcore sound Southern California was known for.
Atreyu A Death Grip On Yesterday Track Listing:
3. Our Sick Story (Thus Far)
4. The Theft
5. We Stand Up
6. Ex's And Oh's
7. Your Private War
8. My Fork In The Road (Your Knife In My Back)
9. Untitled Finale