Atreyu
In Our Wake


1.5
very poor

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (268 Reviews)
October 15th, 2018 | 141 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Paper anchors indeed.

There’s no denying that In Our Wake is definitely an Atreyu record, but it’s the album’s perturbed title that begs a bigger question. After making a comeback of sorts with Long Live but three years ago, the group’s question of “who will we leave in our wake"” stands to tug at the very heartstrings of the fans that grew up listening to the angst driven The Curse and A Death-Grip On Yesterday only to be met with the most formulaic metalcore unbecoming of that particular fan base.

The hook driven focus to Atreyu’s music comes at no surprise, but it’s the lack of drive and ambition as Atreyu skate from one chorus to the next that signals a lack of will to execute great music ever again. As a long time fan who lived their teenage years vicariously through The Curse (not to mention a few others), In Our Wake leaves a lot to be desired. The record’s opening moments, and the titular track enters with pomp and overbearance. It’s as if Atreyu are trying to force themselves on a younger crowd. It’s not something untoward, just completely at ends with a band that’s done [up to] sixteen years worth of “growing up”. It’s a cheese-fest, being passed off as an insightful look back at a formidable career. The clean vocal phrasing allow for easy forgetfulness, outlining the shift in quality that doesn’t do Atreyu in 2018 any justice. Sure, the hooks are completely infectious, allowing ease for sing along chorus’, but the lines are gone from memory by the album’s end. It belies just how a band can come so far… by doing so very little.

It could be argued that In Our Wake is a natural progression of sound, experimenting on the metalcore roots formed back in the early 2000s. Rather, Atreyu’s newest offers regression into metalcore’s simplest and most distasteful form. The arena rock foundation that drives “House Of Gold” is of particular note. Stripping back every nuance of angst and emotion and transforming it into a forgettable anthem. It’s this theme that’s stretched across the album’s forty-five minute run time, save for a few saving moments. The cumulative anger that drove Atreyu to this ‘artful’ place has been replaced with retrospective maturity, only it doesn’t have the same effect musically.

Taking an overview approach to In Our Wake sees a mismatching jigsaw of musical ideas thrown together. The nu-metal representations found within “Blind Deaf & Dumb” are especially cringe-worthy and poorly executed. As well as the album is produced, cracks begin to appear on repeated listens. Buried leads, non existent bass lines and uninspired lyrics all lead to Atreyu’s most disappointing album of their career. In Our Wake may offer the question of what’s left behind for the musicians’ children but Atreyu aren’t getting the message across to the loyal fan base.

It pains me to paint a band that defined my formative listening years in such a negative light. At a personal level I can find the memory of Atreyu’s music in some truly personal moments… the nostalgia runs deeply, but not enough to fix In Our Wake, or how I perceive it.



Recent reviews by this author
Can Bardd The Last RainRodrigo y Gabriela Echoes
Saor Forgotten PathsBring Me The Horizon Amo
Rosetta Sower of WindGhastly (FIN) Death Velour
user ratings (90)
Chart.
2.4
average
other reviews of this album
Mason (2.5)
Not a complete cock-up, but this is easily Atreyu's weakest....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2018


9387 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Happy #250 I guess

bloc
October 15th 2018


55004 Comments


Was hoping this would get a review soon hehehehe

Easily the worst album of 2018 and my first 1.5 for a new album in a while.

Digging: The Chemical Brothers - No Geography

teamster
October 15th 2018


4019 Comments


Make this guy a staff reviewer for the love of god.

Relinquished
October 15th 2018


39573 Comments


well bloc good to know you’re also robert garland

GhostB1rd
October 15th 2018


2668 Comments


The album art for The Curse is iconic.

AgentDeathbat
October 15th 2018


9751 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This isn't that bad. Seriously.

Digging: Periphery - Periphery IV: Hail Stan

bloc
October 15th 2018


55004 Comments


"well bloc good to know you’re also robert garland"

And in the blue corner...WITH 60,000 TOTAL COMMENTS...

XingKing
October 15th 2018


14526 Comments


The vocalist of this band just did an interview where he claimed to have invented the genre of metalcore. My mind is being blown right now.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2018


9387 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Easily the worst album of 2018 and my first 1.5 for a new album in a while.




Debatable at this point, also handed out a few 1.5’s myself.



This isn't that bad. Seriously.




It is but,



he claimed to have invented the genre of metalcore. My mind is being blown right now.




Probably been hanging out with Gene Simmons

artiswar
October 15th 2018


7256 Comments


Oh so that's where metalcore came from, that checks out.

AgentDeathbat
October 15th 2018


9751 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Nah it's one of their weakest releases but it's alright. I do happen to have a soft spot for Lead Sails and Congregation though, so that might be it.

AgentDeathbat
October 15th 2018


9751 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Also Alex saying they invented metalcore is peak brainlet. how can someone willingly be that stupid?

AgentDeathbat
October 15th 2018


9751 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

If y'all want a proper metalcore release check the album I reviewed today :p

BMDrummer
October 15th 2018


14493 Comments


saw this at work the other day and just let out a good laugh

surprised this band still exists

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2018


9387 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Shameless self promotion? I’ll bite.

I do happen to have a soft spot for Lead Sails and Congregation though,




I’ve got a huge nostalgic pull for Atreyu. Doesn’t help the fact they released a Terri-bad album...

AgentDeathbat
October 15th 2018


9751 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This isn't even close to something I'd call "terri-bad."

Then again, I also defend the new BFMV.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2018


9387 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

You’re not exactly helping your case here. I may have tightened up my scoring for album’s these days but I’m not blind or deaf.

bloc
October 15th 2018


55004 Comments


Super Hero is the worst thing ever

swipenet
October 15th 2018


2979 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Long Live was solid, wtf are they doing now? I get that they wanna pay the bills, but try not to make Imagine Dragons the whole album.

Digging: Aephanemer - Prokopton

Ecnalzen
October 15th 2018


8211 Comments


Aw shit. Atreyu is still pumping out albums? Good for them.

Haven't listened to anything new by them since Death Grip. Very rarely do I come back to them, but once in a while their older stuff is fun to put on.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2017 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy