Lead Sails Paper Anchor review by Atreyu

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  • Released: Aug 28, 2007
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.4 (323 votes)
Atreyu: Lead Sails Paper Anchor
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Sound — 9
Lead Sails Paper Anchor, what can I say? It's got an '80s hard rock sound with an Atreyu twist. The guitar solo's are better than ever, the baseline's are funkier then any other album, and the screaming isn't in your face. It's got a fresh feel to it as it's a completely new chapter in Atreyu's sound. They've pushed themselves even further. The album has really opened them up and showed what they can really do. For example Marc McKnight's basslines were often too shy and not very punchy, but on this album he lets himself loose and produces some really nice line's. This is so different from any other Atreyu album, but it's still pure gold.

Lyrics — 10
The lyrics in Lead Sails Paper Anchor are deeper than ever, and I feel more personal than what we've heard previously from Atreyu, at point's the lyrics can be very cliche but at the same time they have a feel to them that makes you think, and make you want more. The lyrics and the music blend together perfectly, the screaming is not so loud and noisy, but more melodic and smooth and this is great. I am personally a big fan of metal/screaming but it's a nice change from Alex and his usual screaming. He should be proud of his sound on this album. Brandon's clean and crisp vocals really add depth and true tone to this album. Overall they've really pushed the boundaries of their musical talent and it's amazing.

Overall Impression — 8
Firstly, I'd like to say that I am a die hard Atreyu fan and I've been into this band for a very long time and they have molded my taste in music. Lead Sails Paper Anchor is completely different from any other Atreyu album, and there are many people who believe this is their worst album, but it's not. Give it a chance, listen to it a few times and you'll fall in love with it. As that's what I did. It's worth buying it just to add to your Atreyu collection.

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    Noob_Cakes12
    A_New_Level your a faggot, its brandon and alex doingt he vocals for one i don't ever think dan ever did any vocals he's too busy shredding so for one don't speak if you have no idea wat your talking about. For one this cd was prolly a major step in a new direction for them i repespect that and don't say they're guitar work is mediocre cuz all i really see is you bitching about it, and last time i checked they're on tour and selling cds due to this "mediocre" guitar work,this cd is as interesting as it can get for an atreyu fan for one its good for the style they took on so A_New_Level **** you atreyu still lives on
    oyvindree
    this album was pretty disappointing... but the last song, Lead sails (and a paper anchor), are brilliant!
    rokat91
    sucks a lot, like more than dragonforce, maybe not that bad but still pretty close
    frankibo
    i like this album a lot. it mixes a lot of good genres and they've written some really good songs like Lead Sails and Can't Happen Here. And i respect it when people just don't like an album for a genuine reason but when people say stuff like 'they're selling out' i get so ****ing annoyed, i mean its like bullshit. the band wanted to change their style, so what? you either like it or you don't - selling out has **** all to do with anything
    frankibo
    i like this album a lot. it mixes a lot of good genres and they've written some really good songs like Lead Sails and Can't Happen Here. And i respect it when people just don't like an album for a genuine reason but when people say stuff like 'they're selling out' i get so ****ing annoyed, i mean its like bullshit. the band wanted to change their style, so what? you either like it or you don't - selling out has **** all to do with anything
    sum41freak8733
    i like this album alot it got way over my expectations and i was a atreyu fan before , but now i love them even more , because , ya screaming is ok , but the pitch doesnt really changed , at least when you sing , you can here the pitch difference
    withgunstoglory
    Seb1uk wrote: I actually love this album, it's completely different from their previous stuff but it's a great change.
    +1
    f_ck_it
    This Album isnt terrible, there are some really boring songs, but its not all bad. I'd prolly say a 5 or 6. For all you people who stick a big mainstream label on something as soon as they dont scream so much anymore, grow the hell up. Maybe the band actually wanted to try a different sound? ever thought of that? If you dont like their new stuff then fine, but dont try and say what a band "should" sound like...they dont have to live up to your expectations, they dont have to fit a genre, **** they dont have to do anything, its totally up to them.
    TFK_62
    I like it. I still don't like it as much as The Curse, but hey there aren't many albums that I like that much anyway. Lead Sails (and a paper anchor) is, as reviewed, definately the most creative song.
    Sweet-Vengence
    Atreyu is my favorite band,but "Lead sails" was to my suprise,not too great,and I'd have to say that they actually went kind of down hill with that album.I dont know,I just like more screaming.In my eyes "The Curse" was probably their best album.
    archangelseren
    i couldnt listen to this album the whole way through because it wasnt what i was expecting but i have listened to it a bit now and some of the songs are alright but they may as well have changed their name for this album coz there not the same band
    archusangelus
    This album was definitely a surprise to me, especially considering their earlier albums. I don't think this album is bad in any way, many people complain about it not being the "old" Atreyu. But how many times have you heard people say that about their favourite bands? Atreyu have released an album which is a change, which is what they wanted, and it's a fresh sound, they didn't want to make another album that sounded like the rest of theirs. Who knows, their next may be even heavier. This album is definitely not monumental, but it's not bad. Stop complaining, and listen.