There are some cases when an album arrives on the shelves after that many singles have been already playing in heavy rotation since many weeks . When this happens, the publication of the complete album doesn’t reveal particular surprises on the LP but in the end it allows to contextualize the songs that you had already listened into a more organic and complete picture. In Our Wake, the seventh and latest studio album by American metal band Atreyu, was anticipated a bunch of very good singles and both fans and music critics had the possibility to get a clear idea on what to expect from the LP.
I was one of those who inserted Atreyu’s songs in many of my playlists, a testimony of the positive impression that I had since the beginning of the singles that were shared in advance of the album. An opinion that eventually was confirmed by listening to the complete work.
Musically speaking, I believe that Atreyu continue to be erroneusly labeled as just “metalcore”. Their style is in effect more articulated and fluid than what this term, by itself, may say. As a matter of fact, the Californian band has developed over the years a winning and almost unique version of melodic hardcore that manages to be at the same time easy to approach but sufficiently articulated and varied to keep value and longevity.
Compared to the previous works of the band In Our Wake shows a further departure from the typical patterns of “classic” metalcore. Many songs of the album, in the end, are much more “rock” than “metal” (the song Terrified is a clear example).
Even in the stronger and heaviest songs, however, we find lots of anthems, catchy riffs, beautiful guitar solos and banging rhythms, something that perhaps will irritate the purists of metalcore but which demonstrates, once again, that good music goes beyond tags and standard attributes.
In Our Wake shows can be streamed from Spotify.
Highlights: The Time is Now and Paper Castle.