A Death-Grip on Yesterday It's easy to dismiss these Orange County headbangers as overstimulated lads purveying the usual histrionics about inequity, rage, and personality disorders. Yet if Alex Varkatzas'… A Death-Grip on Yesterday It's easy to dismiss these Orange County headbangers as overstimulated lads purveying the usual histrionics about inequity, rage, and personality disorders. Yet if Alex Varkatzas'… 2006-03-28 Atreyu Rock
Music Review

A Death-Grip on Yesterday (2006)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Mar 28, 2006; Lead Performance: Atreyu; Genre: Rock

It's easy to dismiss these Orange County headbangers as overstimulated lads purveying the usual histrionics about inequity, rage, and personality disorders. Yet if Alex Varkatzas' I-just-gargled-a-pint-of-Drano vocals are metal's most annoying cliché, Atreyu's penchant for lyrical instrumental passages and transcendent guitar solos keeps you constantly reassessing their talents. The verdict for A Death-Grip on Yesterday: better-than-average latter-day thrash. (Now, if only latter-day thrash were better on the average...)

Originally posted Mar 24, 2006 Published in issue #870 Mar 31, 2006 Order article reprints
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