ATREYU – LONG LIVE
Release Date: 18th September 2015
℗ 2015 Spinefarm Records
- Long Live
- Live To Labor
- I Would Kill / Lie / Die (For You)
- Cut Off the Head
- A Bitter Broken Memory
- Do You Know Who You Are?
- Heartbeats and Flatlines
- Brass Balls
- Moments Before Dawn
- Start To Break
It’s been six years since the last offering in Congregation of the Damned (2009) from California metal outfit Atreyu and a 3 year hiatus in between. Amid speculation of a return over 2013 and 2014 the band took back to the stage in late 2014 putting all guesses to rest and have enjoyed welcome return.
On July 17th the band released their album namesake as a single accompanied by a tremendous video, thereby signalling a triumphant return.
As an album Long Live is a tremendous celebration of the bands journey. Atreyu have managed to create a homogenised balance of old and new sounds but with a contemporary edge seldom seen in this type of work. Their older brutal sound still exists on some tracks while a more sedate approach is afforded to tracks like Do You Know Who You Are, but they have executed the production perfectly. We are provided with an old school album approach in this collection as complete with a relaxed refrain in Revival, allowing time to clear the palate emblematically, or even turn over the alum to Side B symbolically before being blasted back into shape with the Heartbeats and Flatlines. Ostensibly this track in itself, a perfect blend of their previous works in The Curse and Congregation of the Damned.
Brass Balls will definitely be a fan favourite and I can’t wait to watch the lads perform it live spurred on by crowd celebration.
Dan Jacobs and his guitar contribution on this album is thoroughly phenomenal and I believe better than ever. As if spending three years hiatus like a caged animal he has burst out of the break with a vengeance. No real surprise due to Dan’s perseverance arguably being the sole constant reason that Atreyu are back as a band.
This is genuinely an impressive return and highly demonstrative of each individuals eagerness to return to studio and stage alike. I am certain that if even one member was half heated about the venture, they would not have achieved such a prodigious work, splitting at the seams with maturity and doubtless the fruit of personal growth.
This only spells the beginning and more tremendous work is yet to come.