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Album Review

Atreyu's Lead Sails Paper Anchor is a decent album. The problem? It would be a much more consistent and stronger one if producer John Feldmann had settled on one sound — slick or raw — because it can't be both. (For the record, the rougher moments on the album do give Atreyu more vitality.) It isn't even a case of different songs having different production values, which would have made for a difficult, but ultimately forgivable, listen. Instead, these switches in sound occur multiple times, often in the same song. It's noticeable right from the beginning with opening number "Doomsday." During the verses, guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel crunch away while Alex Varkatzas' raspy vocals add texture and grit, but as soon as the chorus hits, the sound abruptly becomes slick and restrained. It's not on the part of the musicians, either — it's very obviously a recording effect. It's a trend that is repeated throughout Lead Sails Paper Anchor, reining in Atreyu's hard and heavy sound to the album's detriment. By holding the band back, the album never achieves any sort of critical mass. Fortunately, Lead Sails Paper Anchor isn't a bland effort, and this helps to compensate somewhat, even if some of the songs seem a little out of place. ("Falling Down," which sounds a little too punk-pop for this collection, is a prime example.) "Lose It" is a particularly intriguing number, beginning with layered and distorted guitars before bursting into a brief flurry of heavy riffs. This, in turn, gives way to haunted verses, a rough, aggressive chorus, and an eerie bridge section featuring echoing harmonies and hand claps. "Blow" is another highlight, though for completely different reasons — the big, juicy guitar riffs, a singalong (though hardly family-friendly) chorus, and a healthy dose of cowbell all add up for a rousing, arena-ready showstopper. Both are unencumbered by the restraining effects placed on most of the other pieces, giving a glimpse of what this album could have been. Fans may have to wait for a live album or a concert ticket to hear what Atreyu are really capable of doing with this material.

Customer Reviews


Growth suits the band. Most people who 'grew up' with the band will appreciate the progressive steps taken by the band. Alex's vocals are stronger. Brandons harmonies are smoother. The entire dynamics of the band are solidified. If you want another suicide notes and butterfly kisses album, dont bother with this. If you want transcendency, this album is for you. Real fans will understand the difference between being a one note band and being truly honest with limitations. Atreyu brought their credibility as artists with Lead Sails and left the cookie cutter screamo behind. Superb.

Atreyu - Lead Sails Paper Anchor

For all of you whining and complaining about this, don't. Atreyu isn't going to change because some fanboys/fangirls think that they have become sell-outs Yes, I agree Falling Down is too catchy, too mainstream for atreyu, but so what? They still keep their screaming at a tasteful level, Alex's vocals have improved greatly since The Curse (mind you I still love all the old Atreyu) And it shows that they are evolving their sound, which is a lot better than just sticking with the same thing over and over again (great example is Nickleback, never changing their sound, which makes them horrid to listen to) Atreyu has taken a risky step, they will lose fans with this album, and they will gain some, and some will stay fans. But if you're going to stop listening to an artist, or claim to hate them, just because they tried a different sound, wow. It's sad to see that, similar case with AFI, Their older stuff was... alright, and it changed, and it changed, and it still changes, constantly evolving their sound, and it makes a band enthralling to listen to.


Personnellement, je trouve que l'album Lead Sails Paper Anchor est le meilleur album d'Atreyu! Toutes les chansons sont bonnes sur cet album... mais mes chansons préférées sont Doomsday. Honor, Falling Down, Becoming The Bull, No One Cares & Blow! Je vous conseille vraiment d'acheter cet album car il est vraiment excellent!


Formed: 1998 in Orange County, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Coming out of Southern California during the rap-metal explosion around the turn of the century, Atreyu crafted a sound much closer to Agnostic Front or Hatebreed. The metalcore quintet was formed by Brandon Saller (drums/vocals), Dan Jacobs (guitar), Chris Thomson (bass), Travis Miguel (guitar), and Alex Varkatzas (vocals). Their warped, detuned guitars were matched by pounding drums and acidic vocals, which gave the material an edge otherwise absent from their sludge metal. Atreyu released various...
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