Atreyu – The Hope of a Spark (EP Review)


Atreyu – A Spark of Hope (EP Review)

The hope of a spark Coming on April 14, 2023, thanks to Spinefarm Records, the EP was beautifully promoted with two single/genius videos, “Drowning” and “Watch Me Burn”. Each book is two sides of a common coin that showcases the overarching theme of release, from drowning in noise to self-inflicted rebirth, that Atreju is still successful with us 25 years later.

This is a band that has never needed a lucky dragon named Falkor to triumph in their niche in the Metalcore genre. Pioneers of the Orange County Metalcore scene of the early 2000s, the quintet’s sonic prowess is showcased in their catalog from 2002’s stage stealing. Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses to the 2021s baptize, their first without Alex Varkatzas. The second also marked a major change in the Atreju camp. When it comes to actors, Drummer/Vocalist Brandon Saller was prominent during this period, while a new kid on the block, Kyle Rosa, was introduced on drums. Bassist Porter McKnight also stepped up his vocal contributions to deftly fill the “dirty” vocal void.

For Atreju, complete with the talented guitar attacks of Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel…baptize It was the first baby steps and sips of vodka after a big breakup. successor, The hope of a sparkis a bold statement of self-confidence, of rediscovering your own worth. The depression, anxiety, fear, and faith of the past few years have come together in four powerful ways.

Once again working with his longtime collaborator and friend, the many Grammy Award nominee John Feldmann (Good Charlotte, Black Veil Brides), Atreyu takes care to provide his audience with a multitude of sonic approaches. From the EP’s lead single, the aforementioned “Drowning”, to the electronics covering “God Devil” with its distinctive, soaring tunes. The hope of a spark one trick is careful to destroy the thought of a pony.

“Watch Me Burn” is also a lyrical journey from the emotional cacophony of the past few years to the spark of hope, a fight to the death to get your own life back. Finally, the collection’s red-haired stepchild can be found in “God Devil,” the sucker punching his chest in preparation for the evil stepfather “Capital F.” A dense wall of sound that didn’t waste a second to get to the heart of his sermon—Is it just me or do we all fuck with capital letters?– the piece is a perfect embodiment of the comic insight that bleeds through everything Atreju touches.

Atreju’s latest EP is a celebration of “In the simplest terms and most appropriate definitions” – a celebration of brotherhood and perseverance for the band; a reminder for the listener that we are stronger in our struggles. But beyond that, it serves as a promise that these Californians have no intention of melting our ears! (You saw the “Watch Me Burn” video, right?) Cryptic Rock gives it a go The hope of a spark EP 5 stars out of 5.

Atreyu – A Spark of Hope EP / Spinefarm Records (2023)

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