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  • Congregation of the Damned is exactly what I expected from Atreyu. Amazing guitars, solid vocals and neck cramps from headbanging. If you love hard rock you need to check out this record.

    Directions for enjoying Congregation of the Damned:
    1. Insert disc or open itunes.
    2. Hit the play button.
    3. Crank the volume.
    4. ROCK OUT!

    As a designer I also appreciate album art…this album has a great layout and great graphics. I believe album art is about the only reason to purchase the physical CD in the jewel case packaging.

    Congregation of the Damned is an auditory delight!

    Posted on December 7, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • When downloading this album, I really hoped that it wasn’t Lead Sails Paper Anchor II. It took me a long time to accept Lead Sails, after loving the Curse in 2004. With this new album, Atreyu really brings back the metalcore that they helped shape in the early 2000’s. Although The Curse is my favorite Atreyu record, this ties for second with A Deathgrip on Yesterday. 5/5.

    Posted on December 7, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • First off, I have been a fan of Atreyu since “the Curse” was first released. I don’t do this often but I was in a Target store looking at the new releases, I was intrigued by the album cover, vampire theme, roman numerals for track listing and the song titles. I saw the last song “Five Vicodin chased with a shot of clarity” and all those factors led me to buy the album, without even hearing it. Now this could have been a big mistake, but instead Atreyu became one of my favorite bands, ever. I got suicide notes and story goes on from there.

    To all you that want it all to be back to the way it was, you are not going to find it. You see honest musicians have two bosses. The first is their corporate label (if they have one) trying to get a certain sound to sell more records. The second boss is the fans, and most of them want to be fed what they want, with no regards to the musicians themselves. Then of course Atreyu needs to do what they want to do. They got by fine with Deathgrip and then Lead Sails came around. I knew in advance it would not be the same, but it was still the same writers writing the songs. With the exception of a few tracks, I found it to be a decent album, not the best.

    Now to Congregation of the Damned: This record does sound like every other record combined and mixed up and then given the full force of their writing talent. It’s amazing, new fans who started on Lead Sails will be blown away for sure. I got it tuesday morning and that is the only cd in my stereo. It is a great cd. This one sounds like it should have come bfore Lead Sails, and then Lead Sails would be made better because of the musical growth.

    Anyway get it.

    To all you new “Lead Sails” Fans (lol) please buy the earlier cds. Please

    Posted on December 7, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Such a great deal for 4 bucks. Anyway, this CD combines the old Atreyu with the Lead Sails Paper Anchor sound that people either loved or hated. I was part of the group that really liked it and this is even better. There’s a lot more screaming here than on Lead Sails and also a lot more solos. The solos on this album are awesome. Especially the ones on Insatiable & Storm to Pass. Like always, the choruses are catchy as hell on almost every song and will be stuck in your head after a couple listens. The last song, Wait For You, is the only ballad on here and does sound like its right off of Lead Sails. But that is an amazing song. You’d think it would be really corny with the piano and sappy lyrics but they pull it off really well and it’s one of my favorite songs of theirs now. The melody of almost every song is great. There are also a ton of infectious riffs and licks scattered all over the record. Ravenous, for example, starts off with a nice fast riff before Alex starts growling the verse. Gallows is another one that starts off with an excellent guitar part.

    On the whole, this album is easily one of their best in my opinion. It has the screaming, the growling, & the clean vocals that please everyone. I think there’s something for all types of Atreyu fans.

    Posted on December 7, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album takes what Lead Sails made Atreyu famous and combines it with the songs from their previous albums, without all the autotune.

    If the over-active presence of the studio editing in Lead Sails kept you from listening, this album will bring you back to Atreyu.

    Posted on December 6, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now