Lead Sails Paper Anchor Enhanced, Import, Limited Edition
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Audio CD, Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics, January 13, 2008
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The point is, this album features a different Atreyu, but not one that is entirely unfamiliar. The screaming guitar solos are still firmly in place, the lyrics dripping with pain and tempered by sarcasm are still around, but now the blast-beats have been replaced with more experimental time-signatures and drumming styles, and the vocals, though still harsh, feature more musicality this time around.
If you go back and listen to the last few Atreyu albums you'll see a definite progression. Their music has gotten more complex, and this album is the pinnacle of that trend thus far. The trappings of metalcore have been pulled aside to allow us to see the boys as what they really are: older, wiser and better song-writers than they were in the "butterfly kisses" era.
The first track, "Doomsday," starts things off with a bang, featuring enough savagery to be on your driving in the city mix tape, but a sing-a-long chorus that might surprise you. "Falling Down" really shows that Atreyu wanted to try something different, with a totally different sound than they've EVER displayed before: Metalcore-swing? Perhaps. There are other highlights too, like the poppy "No One Cares" where tones of the guilty pleasure of Bon Jovi bleed through the angst and brutality. "Blow" sounds like the raw punk metal of The Letters Organize, only slowed down a bit... fun stuff. That's the key: Atreyu sounds like their actually having FUN. I know that doesn't sit right with the hipsters (fun isn't cool, you know) but it certainly makes for a fun listening experience.
Lead Sails Paper Anchor picks up right where A Death Grip on Yesterday left off. Less hardcore screaming will be had from Alex instead going for a more melodic style, complementing Saller's. Musically, the band has figured out how to write songs in expanded time signatures while also incorporating more sounds per song, in every sense expanding from " A Death Grip on Yesterday ". You'll find songs that sound epic, from slower ballads to harder tracks ( think " The Theft " from ADGOY ).
Part of the change has to be pointed towards the new label, which they signed a new contract with Hollywood Records earlier this year.
I personally like where the band is going. Die hard fans from long ago might easily be lost for fans of more melodic metal with less hardcore screaming. The musicianship expressed in Lead Sails Paper Anchor shows that Dan, Travis, and Marc are indeed getting older, wiser ( as stated in a previous review ), while also willing to grow musically and realize theres a lot more room for the band if they choose to change. Give it time, some fans will be lost guys, but broadening your sound has obvious benefits. Atreyu isn't going away any time soon.
I've been a fan of Atreyu since Fractures, and not once have they ever disappointed. Every album they released brought something new to the table and this one is no different. The thing is, while every album was a new progession, the songs within that particular album sounded similar. With Lead Sails Paper Anchor, every song is a new step forward. Every track has it's own unique sound.
And it's not like they lost their old sound or identity, they just found new ways to incorporate it. Try listening to the intrumentals for The Curse and Death Grip, and then try focusing on the riffs to this album. Same addicting complexity, just applied differently. The screaming is still there, but now Alex has decided to give the "all I do is scream, period" role, and delve into more singing. The Theft was a precursor, and an encouraging one. Now Alex sings AND screams, and the tracks all have much more complexity.
When it really comes down to it, the band isn't under any sort of ownership of its fans. We aren't stockholders of Atreyu. They're going to do what they want and experiment with their sound. Sure Falling Down and Lead Sails (And a Paper Anchor) are in my opinion, kind of retarded, and sure I'll skip them, but that's me, and it won't have any effect on what they feel like doing.
If you're a REAL fan of Atreyu, do yourself a favor and get this album. If you're close-minded and you try throwing out terms like 'commercialization' and 'selling out', then go ahead and "blow those words out the back of your head."
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