ARTIST:

ATREYU

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

BAPTIZE

(2021)
LABEL:

SPINEFARM RECORDS

GENRE:

NEO/NU METAL

TAGS:
High-pitched vocals, Neo, Rasping vocals
"Atreyu raises the head largely in "Baptize", with a metalcore which finds colors. Everything is not perfect but the record is a pleasure to listen to."
NOISE (08.11.2021)  
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It has been a few years since Atreyu has been living on its assets. The American band struggles to keep a correct level with a boredom that has been showing for a long time. "In Our Wake" had shown a band a bit lost, applying a worn-out recipe and looking to reach a wider audience. The operation was not a triumph, and after an anniversary tour the band suffered a blow. Its singer Alex Varkatzas deserted the ranks after more than 20 years of presence. This would have been the end of many bands, but Atreyu got up quickly. Brandon Saller left his drums to take over the clean vocals full time and bassist Marc McKnigt took over the screaming vocals. Baptize" has the heavy task of relaunching the band and proving that it has a future in this configuration.

Well filled with tracks, the album is nevertheless quite short, Atreyu having had the good idea to propose short tracks, rarely over three minutes. A lot of tracks find a certain hargue and are listened with interest, offering a nice balance between power and melody ('Baptize', 'Weed', 'Broken Again', 'Oblivion'). Brandon's clear vocals are powerful and avoid the honeyed side. On the other side, Marc screams in good complementarity, finding a typical metalcore with a catchy side in some choruses and a nice energy with riffs and heavy soli well felt. In the good surprises are also 'Untouchable' with Jacoby of Papa Roach as a guest for a neo metal result tinged with rap.

But the armour has its flaws. 'Dead Weight' and 'Sabotage Me' are in a very commercial vein with the guitars in the background and a vocals destined to the radio. Finally, 'Stay' sounds like a pop song with an obvious Muse side, but the result is basic and cruelly lacks soul.

Alex's departure could be scary but Atreyu managed it perfectly. "Baptize" doesn't revolutionize the genre but it allows the band to raise its head. It's a good news, and even if everything is not perfect, we can think that the band still has a future and things to say.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Strange Powers Of Prophecy
02. Baptize
03. Save Us
04. Underrated
05. Broken Again
06. Weed
07. Dead Weight
08. Catastrophe
09. Fucked Up
10. Sabotage Me
11. Untouchable (feat. Jacoby Shaddix Of Papa Roach)
12. No Matter What
13. Oblivion (feat. Matt Heafy Of Trivium)
14. Stay
15. Warrior (feat. Travis Barker)

LINEUP:
Brandon Saller: Chant
Dan Jacobs: Guitares
Kyle Rosa: Batterie
Porter Mcknight: Chant / Basse
Travis Miguel: Guitares
Jacoby Shaddix : Invité / Chant
Matt Heafy: Invité / Chant
Travis Barker: Invité / Batterie
   
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