There was a time when Atreyu were truly a force to be reckoned with. Their first three albums still remaining classics in modern metal history. But, to be blunt, the band has not released an overall solid effort since 2006’s A Death Grip on Yesterday, and In Our Wake is barely much of an exception.

The album’s lead off single/title track is decent at best, and sets the tone for the initial few tracks on the album (which feel far too generic and stretching to achieve mainstream attention). However, things do drastically improve by the time “Nothing Will Ever Change” kicks in just under the halfway mark. From there on out, tracks like “Into the Open,” “Paper Castle,” “Terrified,” “Safety Pin,” “No Control” and “Blind Deaf & Dumb” are all actually pretty damn effective in their own ways.

On the other hand, close out track “Super Hero” (featuring guest appearances from Avenged Sevonfold’s M. Shadows and Underoath’s Aaron Gillespie) is far from as epic as it was likely to be. Still, if it weren’t for the swift turnaround found between the mediocre tracks that bookend the album, there would probably be a much lower rating below right now.

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