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The band's 2002 debut album Suicide Notes And Butterfly Kisses featured the underground hits "Lipgloss And Black" and "Ain't Love Grand," which helped the group establish a strong reputation outside of the insular California club scene. Atreyu toured the album for years then followed with the scathing album, The Curse, which reached #1 on The Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart, a crushing offering that combined Atreyu's loves for blistering hardcore and punishing thrash metal. Two more years of exhaustive touring followed before the band returned to the studio to record their commercial breakthrough, A Death-Grip on Yesterday, which reached #9 on The Billboard 200 Albums Chart, #1 on The Billboard Top Independent Albums Chart and included the single "Ex's and Oh's." Atreyu supported the album with major tours, including Ozzfest.
With Death-Grip, Atreyu fulfilled their contract with indie label Victory and signed a major label deal with Hollywood Records, granting the band more promotional power than ever. Inspired by the change, Atreyu returned to the studio and wrote Lead Sails Paper Anchor, which came out exactly 17 months after A Death-Grip on Yesterday. Filled with a strong balance of tunefulness and grit, the record brought Atreyu to new audience and achieved for he band a new level of acclaim, debuting at #8 on The Billboard 200 Albums Chart, and racking up an impressive string of #1s: #1 on The Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart, #1 on The Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart and #1 on The Billboard Top Alternative Albums Charts. Two hit singles from the album, "Falling Down" (#3 at Modern Rock, #4 at Active Rock and a Top 5 hit at Mainstream Rock) and "`Becoming The Bull" (a Top 5 hit at Mainstream and Active Rock) each sold over 200,000 digital copies with total digital track sales for the album over 665,000. Atreyu supported the album with more high-profile tours, including Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution and Taste of Chaos, which also featured Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet For My Valentine and The Family Values tour with Korn.
"Doing well with that album gave us confidence to stick to our guns," says Saller.
In other words, it was the perfect springboard to Congregation of the Damned, an album that amalgamates all of Atreyu's strengths into one explosive artistic and musical statement. There's the earnest spit of "So Wrong," with its ballad-gone-hardcore heaviness and Miguel and Jacobs euphoric guitar lines, the `70s metal bounce and uber-chorus of "Black Days," and the clarion call intro, haunting guitar harmonies and vocal exorcisms of "Congregation of The Damned."
If you thought you had Atreyu pegged, just shake the EtchaSketch in your mind and start drawing a bigger picture.
I love Atreyu and this album doesn't disappoint. They get back to more of their roots on this album.Published 4 months ago by Emily H.
I had only heard a few of the songs from the album before purchase but was not disappointed by the rest of the album, great songs from a great bandPublished 18 months ago by Jorden
This is a must have for any rock collection. Great power, driving through the instruments and vocals. Its Atreyu at their best!Published 22 months ago by Rock-Man-Ron
"Lead Sails Paper Anchor" was a surprise find for me - got it on sale just to try it, ended up really liking it. So I got "Congregation of the Damned" hoping for more of the same. Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Benji
Being an Atreyu fan for what seems like forever, this album is what I've been wating for since deathgrip on yesterday. Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by JohnP!!!!!
I have been a long time fan of Atreyu since their first album. Loved all of their previous work. I even enjoyed lead sails quite a bit, despite the style change. Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by Jay Jones
This was the first Atreyu CD I purchased. I do not have any other Atreyu CD's but this one is awesome.Published on April 26, 2011 by M. MEYER