Sound — 9
I think when Atreyu said they were going to go in a different direction they did just that. Newer music ment for them to try something new. More singing less screaming, heacy sogns, slow songs, better guitar work and etc. This album is rather different from their older stuff, like Butterfly Kisses and The Curse, but it still manages to hold it's own with catchy riffs and uprising choruses. The band managed to do well with their change and even managed to bring back '80s hair metal a little bit. Doomsday, very good opener for the CD. Very well written and probably one of the best on the CD. It opens with a heavy crunchy riff then the intro finishes with ear jerking solo by guitarist Dan Jacobs. The verse is powerful and still holds down the fort even without the screaming. The chorus really brings emotion to the song as drummer Brandon Sallers sings while others back him up with Ah's. The breakdown at the end of the song is brutal and unexpected and shows Atreyu fans that Atreyu can still be heavy. Becoming The Bull, the song itself starts of with a riff that rivals that of Her Portrait in Black. The verse is slow but yet still heavy and the chorus completely brings the song together. The slow part at the end of the second chorus is very soft and easy then afterwards Atreyu breaks lose with another breakdown and then leaves Brandon to sing solo with a piano in the background before the last and final chorus hits along with a solo at theend whichis performed by their other guitarist Travis Miguel that also shows that both Atreyu's guitarist are rather skilled. Lose It is as people say the song that sounds the most like an old Atreyu song. The intro is heavy and has a torqie lead riff over top fo it. The verse is slow but catchy and the chorus involves both singers as Alex screams and Brandon sings adn the second verse is done by Brandon himself. The middle of the song features a banjo for a couple seconds then goes to the last chorus. the song ends with Alex screaming and yet again goes back to the intro riff. Lead Sails (And Paper Anchors) compeletly out of the ordinary but Atreyu said they were going to try something new so they did. With a country type beginning the band still manages to make the song solid. Alex and Brandon trade off vocal parts through out the song and make the song sound like it still came from Atreyu hands. The song is definately a good defintion of an outro to the CD.
Lyrics — 8
Though the lyrics lacked a bit since Deathgrip and likewise The Curse, at most, but they still can piece the songs together on the album. The lyrics for Doomsday are powerful and very thought provoking, which is always done in Atreyu style. Becoming the Bull's do what the song is about. They grab the bull by the horns. That is pretty much what they did on this album. Lose It's lyrics are short but really have a meaning to them. The screaming in this song is exceptionally good too. Lead Sail's lyrics are a little repetitive but maybe on purpose to give the people visions in their head while listening to the song. Overall their lyrics were above average on this album. Alex did a very well job writing them.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall this was probably one of Atreyu's better albums. Butterfly Kisses was good but it was lacking a lot of good guitar work. The Curse had very good lyrics and likewise very good guitar work (ex: Bleeding Masscara, Rememberance Ballad). Deathgrip was good but also lacked as good lyrics as The Curse but still held its own with the lyrics written for the album and also introduced a new style of metal music wise (ex:Creaure, We Stand Up, Ex's and Oh's). Lead Sails was different and lacked lyrics just like Deathgrip but yet again the guitar work on the album was very well done (ex: Doomsday, Becoming the Bull). The highlights of this album is definately Doomsday, Becoming the Bull and Lose It. I love the new music and I love how they had the guts to try somehting new. Nothing negative here. Atreyu handled this album well. If you like Atreyu and good guitar work then pikc this up at your local music store cause it's well worth it.