Atreyu
The Curse


2.5
average

Review

by Confessed2005 USER (103 Reviews)
August 25th, 2007 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best thing about owning a copy of Atreyu's The Curse is that the booklet holds host to some pictures of the model Natalia Delano. Aside from that and some okay instrumental moments, this is a pretty lame affair.

Atreyu's album, The Curse, mainly nestled its way into my album collection because of two main things. One was the artwork that adorned the cover and the pages of the booklet; no, I'm not a pervert but one could hardly say it wasn't great eye candy. Secondly, I'd heard snippets of a few songs (Bleeding Mascara and The Crimson) and it hadn't seemed all too shabby. Bearing in mind my musical tastes were still maturing, and they really did have a long way to go, after listening through this a few times I came to the conclusion that it wasn't too bad...not too bad at all.

But of course, opinions change over time. My opinion of the band went from indifferent to wholly negative after just a little too much exposure to this and then the boom in popularity amongst scenesters that occurred when A Death Grip On Yesterday was released. With that said, by this time my taste in music had also improved (in my opinion at least) and I did begin to see this for what it really was - average commercial metalcore. Let me sum up the negative points in a small summary. Atreyu are generic - they sound like every other melodic borderline metal band and employ the use of drop C tuned riffing utilizing and incorporating melodies we've all heard many times before. The harsh vocals are utterly intolerable for the most part with the lead vocalist not sounding dissimilar to a puking tramp asphyxiating on his White Lightning. Oh, every chorus feels the need to manifest itself as an annoying catchy one that simply has to have clean vocals. These vocals are far from awful but they are pretty nauseating after a while; Brandon Saller (who also does the drumming, another uninteresting aspect of the band) has a voice akin to that of a pre-pubescent victim of bullying. Nothing personal, it's just when he sings that's what I'm reminded of.

Aside from the completely pointless introductory track (which rips off countless other bands of a similar standing within the genre), this album is twelve tracks of over-produced, bland and totally uninspired commercial metal for the masses. One of the redeeming aspects of the album is the guitars do occasionally have their shining moments, whether it be an above par riff or a semi-interesting lead passage. There is even a small amount of tapping on Demonology and Heartache. The rhythm section is almost unnoticeable, except for An Interlude, where Marc McKnight does lay down some fairly good bass lines. That particular song is also good because it is an instrumental and you don't have to subject yourself to the sound of Alex barfing away or Brandon's whining. Atreyu do better when they go for a heavier approach, demonstrated in Corseting. That track is about as 'brutal' or 'punishing' the album will ever get. The big singles from the album are also notable, mostly because Right Side of the Bed is so irritating. The opening riff bears great resemblance to the In Flames track The Hive (which caused an uproar concerning plagiarism on sputnik if I remember correctly), with Alex and Brandon delivering some truly naff lyrics in their respectively bad vocal styles. The Crimson fares better, with a nice clean guitar riff opening things up and some tasteful verse instrumentation. The guitar lead in the second verse is also one of the better moments on the album.

Better moments of the album? Yeah, there are a few. Bleeding Mascara is one of the heavier songs, which boasts some sweep picking in the intro which is adequately flashy and helps the song avoid complete disaster. Hey, there are even a few solos dotted around. Whilst they aren't technically amazing, they're pretty good for this sort of genre, with the best ones coming later on in the album, on tracks such as My Sanity On the Funeral Pyre.

Predictable and lackluster are a couple of the nicer adjectives I could use to describe this. For the majority of the time, this is derivative tripe wanked over by scene kids from across the globe. You'll find nothing new here, nor will you find any tried and tested ideas put to that much of a good use to be honest. The Curse has a few pleasant moments but for those who would rather keep away from feelings of being unsatisfied, you'll probably be better off buying Avenged Sevenfold's Waking the Fallen. A very mediocre effort from your typical average new-wave metalcore band.

Recommended Tracks
Bleeding Mascara
The Crimson
An Interlude
My Sanity On the Funeral Pyre



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Comments:Add a Comment 
blackmilk
August 25th 2007


583 Comments


the review is okay and all, but you're pretty much just stating the obvious

kalkal50
August 25th 2007


2386 Comments


a voice akin to that of a pre-pubescent victim of bullying

haha gimme your lunch money, kid
ruh ruh ruh ruhhhh

good review, sir
you might wanna narrow down your 'recommended tracks' a song or two and include other reasons for the suckiness of this albumThis Message Edited On 08.25.07

Confessed2005
August 25th 2007


5035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I included all the reasons I felt as to why this album blows. Plus, I was being nice on the recommended tracks - the rest really are beyond poor.

Digging: Norma Jean - All Hail

BallsToTheWall
August 25th 2007


49823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I whole heartedly agree with you sir.I like bleeding mascara and the crimson. Right side of the bed is a horrid song.

Digging: Great Master - Skull and Bones

Knuckles
August 25th 2007


74 Comments


The Crimson, The Rememberance Ballad, and Demonology And Heartache are the only half decent songs.

CushMG15
August 25th 2007


1810 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I actually got a free t-shirt with this too. Awesome.

Skyler
August 25th 2007


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

My friends and I were fans of this band back in freshman year of high school and when this came out, even we knew it was pretty awful.

Otisbum
August 25th 2007


1913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually got a free t-shirt with this too. Awesome.
I got an iPod cover. Too bad it only fits the iPod Mini. The Video iPod too large.



Not that I'd cover my iPod with it anyway.This Message Edited On 08.25.07

Knuckles
August 25th 2007


74 Comments


Pshh, don't play it off. You so would...

Otisbum
August 25th 2007


1913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A year ago I would, but I just don't really listen to Atreyu anymore.

WARPATH_88
August 26th 2007


514 Comments


Generic metalcore. I never could like these guys. The song titles are pretty goofy too.

Confessed2005
August 26th 2007


5035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wow, all these comments and nobody voted.

gasmaskman
August 26th 2007


1006 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Perty good review.



I like Bleeding Mascara, definitely their best song (or Right Side of the Bed, I like that song too).This Message Edited On 08.26.07

Crysis
Emeritus
August 26th 2007


17429 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This album is SO bad.

Digging: Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal

Confessed2005
August 26th 2007


5035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There are much worse.



Like Suicide Notes...

kalkal50
August 26th 2007


2386 Comments


or, their Best OfThis Message Edited On 08.26.07



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