Release Date: Sep 18, 2015
Record label: Spinefarm Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal, Screamo
Review Summary: no one cares no one listens screaming words that you fake hearingI'd like to think that 2009 is a lifetime ago. That was the year when Atreyu released The Congregation of the Damned, a tepidly-received 'return to form' for the band after it became the bull two years earlier. Not that Atreyu had all that much metal cred to begin with, but going Disney on 2007's Lead Sails Paper Anchor seemed to rub even the lowest of the lowest common denominator mall metal posers (with which, based on my 5,000+ Atreyu plays, I fancy myself firmly entrenched) the wrong way.
Atreyu vocalist Alex Varkatzas previously said the album that would become Long Live could be the "missing link record" that should have come out after 2006's A Death-Grip on Yesterday. On that release, the band maintained their metalcore aggression but tempered it with the mid-paced hard rock that would fully take over on the following year's Lead Sails Paper Anchor.Unfortunately, in doing so, they eliminated many of the distinctive trademarks that set them apart from their metalcore peers in the first place. For the most part, gone was the shred-happy glam metal bombast that bled from The Curse, as was the raw darkness that encompassed these O.C.