So this weekend I managed to get my hands on Atreyu’s latest release, A Death Grip On Yesterday, due out in stores late March.
Let me start off by saying that if you weren’t a fan of Atreyu beforehand, you probably still won’t be. As for those who enjoy the band, I’d suggest getting your hands on this album. I wouldn’t say ADGOY is drastically different from Atreyu’s previous release, The Curse (an album I highly recommend at least listening to if you haven’t done so yet). However, those of you familiar with Atreyu’s sound will feel something different when listening to this album. Firstly, I find Death Grip to be less melodic than The Curse. That is to say, you won’t find the “friendly” chorus lines seen scattered through The Curse on the new album. I found Death Grip to be a darker album, focusing more on making more metal oriented songs rather than creating another “Right Side of the Bed.”
Another thing that’s different are the vocals. As with their previous albums, Alex Varkatzas does the screaming while drummer Brandon Saller focuses on the melody. However, in some of the songs on Death Grip, there is another voice present. I’m not sure as to whether that’s Varkatzas singing or perhaps another member of the band or a guest vocalist. I’d be both surprised and pleased if it is indeed Alex singing; it’d be pretty amazing if someone with such a deep, throat-wrenching scream could also produce an on-pitch melodic voice.
The only problem I have with the album is that there are only nine tracks, clocking in at only a little above thirty-two minutes. Nevertheless, if you’re a fan of The Curse, then I recommend giving Death Grip a listen. The song “Ex’s and Oh’s” will be the first single off of the album. If you’d like to give the unposted songs a listen let me know (AIM: OnearmedScizzer).