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Atreyu
Lead Sails, Paper Anchor
Type: CD
Company: Hollywood Records
Release: 2007
Genre: Metalcore/Hardcore
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 5/5/2007
The band continues the harsh, scathing approach
The US gets this release via Hollywood Records, internationally it ships via Roadrunner. Typically hardcore critics will upbraid bands like Atreyu, Blessthefall, Avenged Sevenfold and the ilk for their pop characteristics and general “sell-out” posturing. I disagree as I feel a good abundance of these bands really help diversify the stale rock climate currently permeating American soil. Take it or leave it, the kids can rock and Atreyu is no exception.

The three albums prior, ‘Suicide Notes…’ (2002), ‘The Curse’ (2004) and ‘A Death-grip on Yesterday’ (2006) were much more abrasive and helped to further establish the metalcore movement of the 00s. With ‘Lead Sails, Paper Anchor’ the band continues the harsh, scathing approach of powerful guitars mixed with screaming vocals and clean sung chorus parts. However, within that ridged backbone of metalcore is an illustrious pop joint that pushes this further into post-hardcore regions. Opener “Doomsday” is full on hardcore stance but explodes into one of the most commercially accessible chorus pieces the band has written. The same could be said for the invective single “Becoming the Bull” with a main riff that reminds me of Bullet Boys or Slaughter, pop sensibility meets hair metal with enough wits to keep it fresh and constant. “Blow” systematically blows away the best of Motley Crue post-‘Shout’, a potty mouthed rock box of effective rhythms, spot on vocals, pounding percussion and a sizable ripping lead at the three minute mark. “Honor” has to be influenced by last year’s Ronnie Radke and his Escape the Fate mop heads.
Selling out or out selling? What’s the difference really when albums like this skirt the redundant for a slice of the bigger pie? I call it bold, fresh and invigorating.
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has contributed to MaximumMetal.com since it's conception in 2003. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia. You can also find him on his paperbackwarrior.com blog discussing all things action and adventure.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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