METALCORE outfit Atreyu take a huge step towards the recognition they deserve with new album Congregation Of The Damned. The LP, the Californian band's sixth studio effort, sees a fine balance between accessibility and brutality being struck. And if it wasn't for indulgences like the awful closing ballad Wait For You, this could be one of the best metal releases of the year - with simple, unstoppable riffing on tracks like Black Days Begin, string-backed flourishes on Bleeding Is A Luxury, and relatively melodic tracks like Insatiable sitting side by side. It's a mish mash for sure, but ultimately that means there's something for everyone here - just be sure to skip the last track.
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