10 year anniversary tours are probably the best things to come out of us all getting older. The latest band who will be playing one of their old favorites in full is Atreyu, who will be playing all of A Death-Grip On Yesterday on their upcoming tour with Islander and Sworn In. Get your tickets here starting April 1st!
Atreyu‘s first full-length album in six years, Long Live, blends the band’s beloved signature sound with an almost classic metal vibe. While songs like “Start To Break” and “Heartbeats and Flatlines” echo the Atreyu of 2004’s The Curse, tracks like “Do You Know Who You Are?” offer a bigger break between then and now. The question is, is the change in sound worthwhile or a little too jarring?
The answer: a bit of both. Long Live definitely sounds like a more grown up Atreyu. Screaming is still a very present element on this record, but it’s clear the band give clean vocals and starker melodies a leg up. The soloing found on songs like “Live To Labor” and “Start To Break” are much needed moments of ornamentation on an album that sometimes becomes too bare, and “Revival” is a lovely palette cleanser in between all the heaviness. However, “Do You Know Who You Are,” though an intriguing deviation in song structure, is like “I Would Kill/Lie/Die (For You)” in that it gets somewhat boring after a while. As so often occurs with bands who have been around for years and aim to evolve, their maturity gets in the way of some of the more unrestrained elements that made releases like 2002’s Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses so exciting.
Where Atreyu is perhaps most successful is with the dark and enchanting “Moments Before Dawn.” It begins with a few twinkling and hypnotic notes taken from, as the bassist explains in the track commentary, Marc McKnight’s niece’s music box. The band builds off of these childish notes, using them as a guiding leitmotif that haunts the track. A beautiful example of how inspiration can come from the most unlikely sources, “Moments Before Dawn” gives Long Live a unique, albeit odd dimension that would otherwise be lacking on the record.
Atreyu may still have a bit of soul-searching to do, but Long Live absolutely has its merits.
In anticipation of their new album Long Live, Atreyu have released yet another single. Titled “Start To Break,” the new song sounds a lot like Atreyu from those beloved The Curse days. Complete with guitar solo and those demonic whisperings they do so well, it brings a little 2004 to 2015. Check it out and be sure to get the full album when it comes out September 18th via Spinefarm Records.
Atreyu‘s long awaited return has been official for some months (WOOHOO!), and now it’s finally starting to feel real with the premiere of the music video for “Long Live,” the title track of their upcoming album. The video portrays a grim, yet somehow hopeful concept, and is the cinematic debut from the metal band’s own bassist, Porter McKnight. After five cloaked figures emerge from a lake dragging coffins behind them, we watch each band member become fearful for their life. However, as the words “Our bond is forever lasting” ring out, the end reveals a glimmer of optimism and a twist that convinces us not only of McKnight’s skills as a writer/director, but of Atreyu’s continued reign in the modern metal scene.
Long Live hits stores September 18. Preorder it HERE and get some exclusive Atreyu items: A bike, a surfboard, a skate deck, a Dan Jacobs guitar, a studio-used drumhead, canvas prints, or muay thai gloves. And if you haven’t yet, check out the band’s live video for their single “So Others May Live.”
Live to Labor
I Would Kill/Lie/Die (For You)
Cut Off the Head
A Bitter Broken Memory
Do You Know Who You Are
Heartbeats and Flatlines
Moments Before Dawn
Start to Break
HEADLINING TOUR DATES
9/18 | Pomona, Calif. | The Glasshouse
9/19 | Sacramento, Calif. | Ace of Spades
9/20 | Los Angeles, Calif. | Troubadour
10/2 | Detroit, Mich. | Crofoot Ballroom
10/3 | Louisville, Ky. | Louder Than Life Festival
10/5 | Toronto, ON | Opera House
10/6 |Montreal, QC | Corona Theater
10/7 | New York, N.Y. | Irving Plaza
10/9 | Boston, Mass. | Paradise Rock Club
10/10 | Philadelphia, Pa. | Rockhouse Philly Fest
10/11 |Baltimore, Md. |Baltimore Sound Stage
10/12 Norfolk, VA The Norva