By Tom Sinclair
March 27, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

A Death-Grip on Yesterday

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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…)

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