2001 Tribunal Records
Atreyu attempts to meld all kinds of stylistic nuances on this record, and for the most part, they succeed. They possess enough technical ability to drop some new-school hardcore rhythms, yet more often than not, they're using straight-up hardrock/metal grooves spelled by fits of fast-paced hardcore. It's somewhat comparable to Hatebreed meets Slipknot meets Botch, with occassional melodic singing parts layered on top. Either way you slice it, this album is definitely solid, and generally enjoyable. Some of their material takes some time to start hitting home, but they've got a ton of variety on here, so no need to worry about boredom or repetition. Then again, there's only five tracks, and there's only so much mileage one can get from a 25 minute record, so we'll see what these guys offer up on their debut full-length for Victory Records, whom they've recently signed with. It should be noted that there are brief periods of nu-metalish type material on here, particularly on "Someone's Standing on My Chest." However, as someone who isn't a big fan of nu-metal, I can say that when Atreyu goes down that road, they do it tastefully and tactfully, so it's not problematic. Hopefully they'll continue to judiciously temper its presence on future releases, rather than going down that road entirely. Atreyu's biggest asset is its diversity. "A Letter To Someone Like You" is a perfect example of said diversity. The fiesty track is a competent amalgam of hardcore, metal, and hard rock. They've got quiet singing parts, melodic old-school runs, dual-lead metal bridges, and some thunderous hardcore breakdowns to boot.