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Southern California is celebrated for its sunshine and renowned for continually producing some of the worlds best punk rock bands. Atreyu will dispel any predetermined notions you may have previously had of a band from this area.
Depression, pain, desire and retribution procreate in a dark, lonely corner of your psyche. Its that sordid piece of yourself that you try and hide, deny and bury. Orange County Californias Atreyu is embroiled in the struggle to break free from this disenfranchising abyss. Atreyu has taken a new direction in the world of melodic hard rock. They make extreme a little more accessible, emo a little more haunting and severe backed up with a powerful hardcore foundation. The album was recorded at the legendary Trax East (Hatebreed, Snapcase, Catch 22) and produced by Erik Rachel.
"Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses" is a wrenching window into the mind and heart of bandleader and lead vocalist Alex Varkatzas. Varkatzas rich allegorical songwriting focuses on dealing with the human growth struggle and the pain and desire of relationships. Atreyus incendiary musical alloy can best be described as a complex, passionate, emotional maelstrom of torment, revenge, vindication and release. Song titles like Tulips Are Better, Lip Gloss and Black and A Vampires Lament evoke a quandary of elicit images. The musicianship is technical yet fluid with a precise, thunderous rhythm section.
Accentuating Atreyus unconventional aura is the two-headed vocal delivery of Alex and drummer Brandon Saller. Alex is the ferocious, menacing, caustic and seething skull while Brandon is the tranquilizing, harmonious, Elysian cranium. This vocal duality migrates the gamut of melodramatic expression creating an ethereal yet turbulent soundscape.
Over the past three years Atreyu has garnered a dedicated, ardent, underground following on the West Coast. In December, 2001, Atreyu released their debut EP on Tribunal Records entitled, "Fractures in the Faade of Your Porcelain Beauty", recorded with producer Paul Miner, bassist of Death By Stereo. "Fractures" has been extremely well received and immediately garnered rave reviews.
|1. A Song For The Optimists|
|3. Ain't Love Grand|
|4. Living Each Day Like You're Already Dead|
|5. Deanne The Arsonist|
|6. Someone's Standing On My Chest|
|7. At Least I Know I'm A Sinner|
|8. Tulips Are Better|
|9. A Vampire's Lament|
|10. Lip Gloss And Black|
This is my very favorite Atreyu album. It's full of great hardcore songs, and beautiful lyrics. I recommend this to all hardcore/metalcore lovers.Published on May 9, 2013 by Dinah R. Salgado
I must say that this album, Suicide Notes & Butterfly Kisses is one of my favorites! It has GREAT lyrics that make sense to me! Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by Stacie M. Siegel
Great quality, what I expected from it since I listen to this band quite a lot. Would have been nice if there was a picture of them in the booklet.Published on August 19, 2012 by Leah L.
Well...what can you say? I bought this CD on accident back in 04. I'm an older dude and this was the first CD I ever owned with harsh vocals. Read morePublished on August 11, 2009 by Rockin' Old Geezer
Let me break it done for yous all this is by far the the most Boring garbage that i everd hard the riffs sucks and the Lead Vocals sucks this band has no talent at al thay just... Read morePublished on April 15, 2009 by L. capomolla
Every now and than, a band comes along which combines the worst of several genres and manages to gain a following somehow in the process. Read morePublished on December 28, 2008 by TimothyFarrell22