By Anthony Moore
The historic Showbox at the Market in Seattle, Washington was buzzing with excitement as the crowd awaited the arrival of metalcore band Atreyu on their “The Hope of A Spark” tour. As the lights dimmed, and Da Rude’s “Sandstorm” blasted through the venue, the audience erupted in a deafening roar, ready to experience a night of high-energy performances.
Opening the night with “Drowning,” the first single off their latest E.P., “The Hope of A Spark,” set the tone for the night as they continued to play songs across their entire catalog spanning the past two decades. A big highlight for me was when they played the song “Right Side of the Bed,” bringing back nostalgia from my teenage years seeing Atreyu for the first time on the second stage at Ozzfest in 2004.
The energy that guitarist Dan Jacobs brings to the stage reminded me why Atreyu has been one of my favorite bands to see throughout the years. He ran around the stage posing to the crowd, getting them pumped. Singer Brandan Saller, who originally played drums and provided clean vocals for the band, moved on from the drums to being the band’s frontman a few years back. During the middle of the set, he stepped behind the kit for one song, a treat for the fans in attendance.
Overall, Atreyu’s performance at The Showbox Market was an unforgettable experience for fans of metalcore and heavy music in general. The band’s tight musicianship, high-energy stage presence, and dedication to their craft made for a truly electrifying concert. If you have the chance to catch them on tour, don’t miss out.
Atreyu’s latest E.P., “The Hope of A Spark,” is currently available for streaming on all major platforms. Fans can also catch the band on tour in North America through the end of May and in Europe later this year. Tickets are available for purchase on the band’s website.