Atreyu - Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses (Cover Artwork)


Atreyu: Suicide Notes and Butterfly KissesSuicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses (2002)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: Alex Mera
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I honestly think that on their first try, Atreyu accomplished what takes most bands years to do, particularly in this genre. Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses is perhaps the most impressive debut I ever remember hearing. Deep, passionate songwriting delivered with ferocity that will have you growli.

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I honestly think that on their first try, Atreyu accomplished what takes most bands years to do, particularly in this genre. Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses is perhaps the most impressive debut I ever remember hearing. Deep, passionate songwriting delivered with ferocity that will have you growling along while adding something new to an already exhausted Metalcore formula.

My Windows Media Player reviewer thingy describes Atreyu's sound as reminiscent of Scandinavian metal gods At the Gates, which is evident when listening to the intricate guitar work. Particularly on the final track Lip Gloss and Black, a dual guitar onslaught of metal riffs that is truly a joy to listen. The track's anthemic mantra of "Live, love, burn, die." is also a definite highlight.

Lyrically, Atreyu focuses on love and relationships, or rather on the pain they cause. This seems to be the norm for bands these days, but Atreyu addresses their subject matter so ferociously that it is hardly cliche. The dynamic between vocalist Alex Varkatzas and drummer Brandon Saller is simply awesome. This ain't no happy record. Dark, brooding, downright desperate lines abound, delivered brilliantly through Varkatza's ferocious screaming and Saller's melodic vocals. If Varkatza's is the tortured soul in this outfit, then Saller is his little hopeful voice asking for help.

Atreyu's rhythm section is also mighty impressive, pummeling the listener with a little double-bass during key moments, adding brutality when such is needed.

I can sit here and ramble on on how great I found this record to be, but if you are looking for something a little heavy, but plenty original, you can't go wrong checking these guys out. I am expecting Atreyu to quickly rise to the top of the heap.


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couraegous (May 27, 2007)

love love love.
'nuff said.

Anonymous (February 23, 2006)

over and over, I keep listening to this album. Great Band

etwiels88 (December 9, 2005)

if by Atreyu you mean Kid Dynamite

Anonymous (October 12, 2005)

Atreyu is the best fucking band period!!

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

atreyu is awesome!!!
their a great hardcore fuckin band!!
this cd is so fuckin good!!
it is way better than their second album (the curse)
anyone who likes screamo to fuckin metalcore should buy
either of their cds i guarantee that you will
like it you motherfuckers!!!!

Sally_Field (March 28, 2005)

Wow. Back when people didn't ToTaLLy h8 Atreyu.

This album will always be one of my favourites.

Foaming_97 (March 5, 2005)

Yeah this is one of my favorites right now. I love it. Great cd. But I'll have to agree that Alex's voice is like..."bloughogu" Kinda does sound like he's throwin up or something. But if they didnt have him , then Lip Gloss and Black would be a shitty song. Same with Tulips are Better.

Anonymous (September 20, 2004)

A great band and one of the hardest out there is so awsome and anyone who thinks else was is a fricken retard and sould die.

Anonymous (July 17, 2004)

Shit on all of you who gave Atreyu a bad review. This band has to be #1 in hardcore bar none. They don't pummel you with a full song of double bass and that's new for most hardcore bands. They may not be the HARDEST but they are definately the best! Check 'em out next time they're near you. Alex and Brandon are the perfect combo!

Anonymous (April 8, 2004)

Well your wish is half complete. From Autumn to Ashes, 18 vision, and Atreyu will be on tour together this spring.

Anonymous (January 10, 2004)

Now, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, so I'm not gonna be the guy who says someone else is an idiot. Unless they prove it themselves. Atreyu are simply amazing, OC hardcore at its finest. It would be so cool if like Atreyu, 18 Visions, and Throwdown all toured together. OC style. btw, double bass pedaling on a drumset is much harder than you'd think, and I myself have just gotten semigood at it.

Anonymous (February 6, 2003)

This cd is one of the best I've heard from the metalcore scene in a while. The guitars have potential but need to change their pickups, the drummer is damn good and the singer does a good job, lyrics and voice. The bass player is a bass player (not that its a bad thing). They put on a damn good show and am proud they are from california. Thrice sucks!

Anonymous (January 23, 2003)

yeah... i totally agree with the converge thing, but in a good way.

Anonymous (January 23, 2003)

sounds like converge to me.

pwfanatic (January 21, 2003)

these guys sound alot like in flames, and that fucking rules. even my friend who is a huge in flames fan was blown away by this cd. to the guy below me, they maybe sound a little bit like swedish metal, but maybe if you have actually listened to the two, you could distinguish it, its not that hard.

newjackshit (January 21, 2003)

and aparently, none of you have ever heard converge if you think this band sounds like converge. there is nothing original about this band. they took some token swedish metal and got a guy who can't scream for his life, and a drummer who wants to be in a crappy iron maiden cover band and put a band together. i would like to point out that iron maiden are sick...and the drummer wishes he were anywhere near as intense as any of the guys in iron maiden. worst record of the year.

newjackshit (January 21, 2003)

this band wishes to fuckin god they were a converge rip-off band. this band is god awful.

Anonymous (January 21, 2003)

still a fucking converge rip off.

Anonymous (January 21, 2003)

A fine cd to jam to when your pissed or depressed

Anonymous (January 21, 2003)

what a fucking converge rip-off.

waste_elite (January 21, 2003)

yeah, well... on that topic

anyone know if the first clash album is still in print on vinyl?

Anonymous (January 20, 2003)

If you even have time to comment on this shit, you probably need to go out and buy the Clash S/T.

Anonymous (January 20, 2003)

Everybody in here needs to buy the Clash S/T. Fucking assholes. This score is for the Clash.

Anonymous (January 20, 2003)

"Atreyu thrice KSE PTW, Hopesfall, FATA, are all big names in hardcore"

none of those bands have anything to do with hardcore.

Anonymous (January 20, 2003)

haha killswitch engange does the singing/screaming stuff also just like atreyu. Atreyu thrice KSE PTW, Hopesfall, FATA, are all big names in hardcore i guess and they all sound different (to me at least)

Sticky_Floor (January 19, 2003)

The drummer sings better than the lead vocalist. if they switched it up, i would buy this album twice.

Anonymous (January 19, 2003)

The guy who screams sounds like a hardcore scooby doo.

Anonymous (January 19, 2003)

bands like thrice and killswitch engage take giant dumps on all of these singing hardcore bands.

Hubitcherkokov (January 19, 2003)

Good review for a good band. It took me a little while to get into the vocals, too. But I love them now. The lead singer reminds me of a giant bird singing and the drummer reminds me of Ozzy Osbourne.

mogwai (January 19, 2003)

I saw these guys in September with Snapcase, they seem like nice guys but i just can't get past the growl.

Anonymous (January 19, 2003)

hmmmmm. all i've heard is the single i guess. 'aint love grand'. can't say it was anything special. i'm not much for this type of genre. too heavy. i'm old and a big pussy now. when i was 16 i woulda probably loved it. i don't like his voice when he sings. screaming voice is a dime a dozen. fuck it.

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

I don't much about the metalcore/hardcore genre, but this is the first band that has stuck out as being different and innovative (based on my short experience with this music). It captures the intensity and trademarks of the music, but pushes the envelop and takes other styles into account. It is a good mix for all people. the Vocals get old after awhile, but still a great CD.

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

God forbid that bands start to use animals/insects for their covers/logos.

Geez, get over the wing issue, it's not like every band is doing it.

This score is for Thursday and their greatness.

waste_elite (January 18, 2003)

well for one, you would expect the locust to have a winged insect on some of their covers seeing as how they are called the fucking locust.

as for the others, who knows...

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

what's up with bands these days and winged animals on their cd cover? (ie: coheed and cambria, the locust, thursday, etc). It's kind of annoying when scenes start developing cliches...

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

Amazing band and to the guy who said the melodic parts sound like NFG and growl is bad - you are a dumbass. It is a different guy. The drummer does the backing vox.

One of the best releases of late.

6 stars/5

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

i like atreyu, fata and hopesfall. a lot

yellowtrash (January 18, 2003)

Haha. I like some bands that growl, but Atreyu does the worst job.

Anonymous (January 18, 2003)

crap like hopesfall? haha hopesfall is way better than this band. i admit a lot of this stuff is pretty catchy but both of the singers sound horrible and the riffs are pretty unoriginal just the swedish metal sound. from autumn to ashes is also pretty sucky. they do not know how to write transitions. hopesfall is way above both those bands.

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

I was really angry for a while and listened to this a lot. Good and cathartic, but the vocals are not for everyone(emo melodic and raw throat hardcore screaming, no middle ground)

soulbleed (January 17, 2003)

this album is amazing.

now, first of all, this wasn't their first album - they released an ep about 6 months before this full length dropped. second, the melodic vocals are done by the dummer, not by the lead singer. third, i don't see how this music even compares to crap like hopesfall.

pwfanatic (January 17, 2003)

this is one of the best albums i have bought in a long time. my only problem with it is track 7, mainly because i can't stand efrem's (of death by stereo fame) voice

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

The problem- when he sings he sounds like the guy from NFG and when he screams he sounds like the cookie monster....he got the worst of both worlds!!! oh well, music is good.

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

big fan, but the siger sounds liek her needs a tracheotomy

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

i agree, i like the music, but the vocals turn me off at times. if you like this, buy either From Autumn to Ashe's "Too Bad Your Beautiful" or Hopesfall's "Satellite Years" to get a better example of the new emo-metalcore stuff.

Geetarchick (January 17, 2003)

I really dig Atreyu, but i'm not too hip on the singer's screamy voice.. the melodic voice is nice, but the screamy one is too much blaugh blaugh blauuuugh.. but everything else is great about them. Good album, good review.

Anonymous (January 17, 2003)

This is not their first release, but personally i cannot stand the lead singers voice, besides that the musicianship is well on this release.

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