Atreyu: Long Live

Mighty morphing metalcorers cover all bases

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When a band return with new material after reforming you usually know what you’re going to get.

But with Atreyu it’s less clear. Will they go back to the vampire and gothic metalcore of their earliest material? Or is this a continuation of the glammed-up rockers that gave us that Bon Jovi cover?

The first two songs do their best to not show their hand. The title track opens with the kind of shiny, LA stomp that would suggest Atreyu have picked up where they left off, before Live To Labor breaks out a pit-starting metal riff and growled verse… but then veers into a Van Halen-style guitar histrionic fret-melt and a chorus so huge that it would have Gene Simmons pulling his wig off in frustration for not writing it first. And so it goes on throughout, the gruff bark of Alex Varkatzas and the melodic vocals of Brandon Saller trading punches and musical styles. Yes, no doubt you’ve heard this kind of thing before – even from Atreyu themselves – but it’s still eclectic and anthemic enough to keep your attention throughout. Atreyu haven’t reinvented the wheel on their return, but longtime fans of any era will lap up Long Live.

Stephen Hill

Since blagging his way onto the Hammer team a decade ago, Stephen has written countless features and reviews for the magazine, usually specialising in punk, hardcore and 90s metal, and still holds out the faint hope of one day getting his beloved U2 into the pages of the mag. He also regularly spouts his opinions on the Metal Hammer Podcast.