A Death-Grip on Yesterday

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Rock bands that combine hardcore vocals together with heavy metal riffs have become commonplace in the early 21st century. One such band that follows this blueprint to a T is the southern California quintet Atreyu, and the proof is offered in truckloads on their 2006 release, A Death Grip on Yesterday. Instead of just having a single vocalist doing all the work, Atreyu employ the use of two singers -- Alex Varkatzas and Brandon Saller -- the latter of whom pulls a "Phil Collins" (he doubles as the group's drummer). With one handling the hardcore barking and the other handling the melodic emo singing, the vocal duo is showcased best on such tracks as "The Theft" and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Rock bands that combine hardcore vocals together with heavy metal riffs have become commonplace in the early 21st century. One such band that follows this blueprint to a T is the southern California quintet Atreyu, and the proof is offered in truckloads on their 2006 release, A Death Grip on Yesterday. Instead of just having a single vocalist doing all the work, Atreyu employ the use of two singers -- Alex Varkatzas and Brandon Saller -- the latter of whom pulls a "Phil Collins" (he doubles as the group's drummer). With one handling the hardcore barking and the other handling the melodic emo singing, the vocal duo is showcased best on such tracks as "The Theft" and "Shameful." Although they put a unique spin on modern-day metal with the vocal duo thing, musically, Atreyu sound similar to the majority of the bands you can spot on any given episode of Fuse (riffs, riffs, riffs), as evidenced by such selections as the album-opening "Creature." Atreyu fit perfectly into the modern-day metal landscape, but there's a multitude of other bands sharing the metallic sound heard on A Death Grip on Yesterday.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2006
  • Label: Victory Records
  • UPC: 746105026728
  • Catalog Number: 267
  • Sales rank: 56,894

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Creature (2:59)
  2. 2 Shameful (3:29)
  3. 3 Our Sick Story (Thus Far) (3:31)
  4. 4 The Theft (3:58)
  5. 5 We Stand Up (3:06)
  6. 6 Ex's and Oh's (3:31)
  7. 7 Your Private War (3:33)
  8. 8 My Fork in the Road (Your Knife in My Back) (3:25)
  9. 9 Untitled Finale (5:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 [Untitled Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Atreyu Primary Artist
Travis Miguel Guitar, Group Member
Alex Varkatzas Vocals, Group Member
Brandon Saller Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Marc McKnight Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Ryan Williams Engineer
Josh Abraham Producer
Scott Adair Management
Atreyu Composer, Producer
Tim Smith Management
Don Clark Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesomeski!

    I'm only getting into this scene of music just now... easing myself in with new A7X, then moving through Drowning Pool and 36 Crazyfists... I stumbled upon Atreyu on PureVolume... I fell in love with Ex's and Oh's (from this album) and Bleeding Mascara (from The Curse), so I did what I always do... bought the album! And it was a wise move, the dual vocals of emo/scream is very effective in many songs, personal favourites of mine being Shameful, The Theft and Ex's and Oh's... there seems to be something on the album for everyone... massive scream songs like Creature... hot riffs and vocal combinations in Shameful... or even a melodic scream song in The Theft! All in all, well worth a listen, highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Holy Rock And Roll, BATMAN !!!!!!!

    I bought this album knowing nothing about it. A friend said that he read about this Atreyu band, and I saw it in the store, and said what the hell!! It rock's hardcore!! I am thoroughly pleased, the screaming is great, the singing is beautiful, and the guitar, bass guitar, and drum playing are unbelieveingly solid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can You Say Atreyu's Best Album Ever!

    This album is so good! hey its Atreyu, what more can you ask for? every song is great and its 100% filler-free. This easily tops Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses (which is a good cd). I got this yesterday and as soon as I listened to the first song "creature" I knew this was going to Kick . Atreyu is the best metalcore screamo band on earth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing

    This CD truly blew me away. These guys are talented, and it definitely shows on every track on this album. Each song sounds different, each very catchy. It is not hard to listen to this album all the way through without pressing the skip button. My only complaint is that it was short.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Note to All Music Review...

    ...maybe you should have metal albums reviewed by guys who are INTO metal, as I get the impression that the reviewer was not. He tries to lump this album into in with all of the also rans out there. Atreyu is clearly among the cream of the crop. I picked this disc up the day it came out and am in the middle of my second spin of it and I think it's a pretty solid effort. Yup..there are lots of riffs on this album but the website reviewer tries to make this sound like a bad thing. For this old Iron Maiden fan it's definitly good. Atreyu brings more of their neck snapping aggro while still standing firm in their belief that there's always room for melody. They also bring in a couple of guest vocalists to stir things up and it works. Kudos to 4 Banger Mark McKnight for really making his imprint on this disc. My only beef( and I use this term loosely) is that seems over way too fast, but maybe that is simply because there is no filler on "A Death On Yesterday"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Insane

    Atreyu you have impressed me again. First with the Curse and now with Death Grip on Yesterday. I look forward to you next release

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