I liked their first album, but the production could and should have been a lot better. I would really like to see it remastered. GGGarth deffinately brought the best out of Atreyu on this 2004 release. this review is basically on the lyrics, sure i like the music, but in my opinion, this cd would be nothing without the lyrics.
Blood Children – is an alright intro that just leads into the blistering…
Bleeding Mascara – wow. when i heard them open with this song before the album came out, i was in awe. i really love Alex’s lyrics. atreyu blends amazing screaming with singing melody. and not to mention the guitar players skills. they play pretty simplistic stuff that comes out amazing.
Right Side of the Bed – i’m not really one for singles, but this was the first single off of the record. the lyrics are pretty good, a standout line for me is, “she’ll $#%^ you just for the taste.” this kind of became a clap along at shows.
This Flesh A Tomb – is deffinately my favorite song off of the record. i honestly want it played at my wedding. if i had the money, i would hire them to play it. just listen to the lyrics.
You Eclipsed By Me – holy ____. i’m certainly a lyrical person. and these lyrics are amazing. a big eff you to someone in his life. if you love metalcore and don’t like this song, i don’t really know what to say. the chorus is completely brutal. “did you take me for a fool or are you just to blind to see that every effort made has failed and there is no destroying me.”
the Crimson – comes as the second single off the album. i think it’s funny how he says robert smith (the cure) lied, boys do cry. i like it because he’s not afraid to admit it. men are supposed to be all masculine with no feelings. i hate people who actually act like that. more references to vampire lyrics.
the Remembrance Ballad – is obviously a ballad. very good to hear live. the lyrics sound like a vampire’s eulogy.
Interlude – showcases the guitar players talent. there’s not much else to say about it.
Corseting – is a complete onslaught with alex’s screaming throughout the song. the chorus is ironic how he talked about killing someone but has the descency to use the nicest lace.
Demonology & Heartache – another song with AMAZING lyrics. “if you can pull my wings apart and pin me down under glass until the end of days if it can help you discover that we share the same pain i just hope you write your thesis before your subject is dead no life after death.”
My Sanity on a Funeral Pyre – is yet another great track. i love the way he thinks. i’m not sure who writes what song, but alex’ and brandon’s brains combined made some surely amazing lyrics for this album.
Nevada’s Grace – i really like hearing the contrast with the vocals on this song. the lyrics obviously are good in my opinion. the music is pretty simplistic. it tells vulnerability
Five Vicoden & a Shot of Clarity – this is a good closer, not nearly as good as Lip Gloss & Black, obviously. but the lyrics are pretty good, i’m not too fond of how they chose to do the end, it sounded like they were trying to do, “live.love.burn.die” again, but it didn’t work out so well. the words they say are good, but it would’ve sounded better with brandon singing them. kind of like how he did on “Untitled Finale” off of their third album “A Death-grip on Yesterday”.
You Give Love a Bad Name – completely re-done, way %$#@ing better. i love it.
overall, i think this album is mostly about the lyrics. the music is good, but when you hear the instrumental version (downloadable on iTUNES) it sounds rather empty. alex’s screams, brandon’s smooth singing really bring the music to life. the contrast of their vocals makes it even more beautiful. if you want good, really talented guitars you should really check out HIMSA, Darkest Hour, or As I Lay Dying.
i personally wouldn’t suggest any of their material past 2006’s “A Death-grip..” 2007’s Lead Sails, Paper Anchor was depressing to hear that the wrote the music i put in my cd player. mind you, i am a huge Atreyu fan, i heard “Becoming the Bull” before i joined the Marine Corps, i was like, uhhh…please no. I got out of boot camp without hearing anything else, and my ears were sore with disappointment. sure people change, but this change is horrible. I would only suggest a few tracks to DOWNLOAD from the cd. “When Two Becomes One” “Can’t Happen Here” “Blow” and their cover of Faith No More’s “Epic”.