Atreyu is an American metalcore band from Orange County, California that formed in 1998 and are signed to Hollywood Records. They have released five studio albums and three extended plays. The bands debut album, Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses, was released on June 4, 2002. The band's sophomore album, The Curse, was released on June 29, 2004. The band's third album, A Death-Grip on Yesterday, was released on March 28, 2006 and was followed a year later by the release of the band's fourth album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, August 28, 2007. The band's fifth album, Congregation of the Damned, was released on October 27, 2009 and is the last album the band released before their 2010 hiatus. The band was originally named Retribution, but they changed their name to Atreyu (after the character of the same name from the fantasy novel/film The Neverending Story), when they found out that another band from Hemet, California had already been using the name, "Retribution".
Formation (1998 - 2001)Edit
Atreyu formed in 1998 by Alex Varkatzas, Brandon Saller, Dan Jacobs and Bryan O'Donnell, and the band released their seven track demo, Visions, during the same year through Metal Blade Records. The demo was only sold at their live performances. After the release of the demo bassist Bryan O'Donnell left the band and was replaced by Kyle Stanley The band released their debut EP, Fractures in the Facade of Your Porcelain Beauty, through the underground label Tribunal Records on November 20, 2001 and features tracks that would be re-worked for later releases. After the release of the band's debut EP Kyle Stanley left the band and was replaced by Chris Thompson.
Debut Album and The Curse (2001 - 2004)EditAtreyu signed with Victory Records on December 14, 2001 and entered Trax East Studios in New Jersey with producer Eric Rachel on March 4th to begin work on their debut album. The band released their debut album, Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses on June 4, 2002. Guitarist Brandon Saller began doing clean vocals for the band beginning with the release of the band's debut album. Music videos were filmed for the singles "Ain't Love Grand" and "Lip Gloss and Black", the latter video found significant airplay on Headbangers Ball and Uranium in fall of 2003, gaining Atreyu some of its initial mainstream attention.
The band's sophomore album, The Curse, was released on June 9, 2004, selling 450,000 copies. The band was then featured on the soundtrack to the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith with a cover of Jovi Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name". Atreyu was also featured on the soundtrack to Underworld: Evolution with "Her Portrait in Black". "Right Side of the Bed" also appeared on Burnout 3: Takedown's soundtrack.
A Death-Grip on Yesterday and Lead Sails Paper Anchor (2006 - 2009)EditAtreyu released its third studio album, A Death-Grip on Yesterday, on March 28, 2006. The album peaked at number 9 on the Billboard 200, with sales of 69,000. The band gained further fame when the first single, "Exs and Ohs", appeared on the soundtrack to Madden NFL '07. The album was said to have a balance of Brandon Saller's melodic singing vocals and Varkatzas's aggressive screaming. The album was met with positive reviews." On October 4, 2006 Atreyu signed a record deal with Hollywood Records for America and an international deal with Roadrunner Records. With a new label, the band began to prepare their fourth studio album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor. A jigsaw puzzle was released on the band's website, as the goal was to put all the audio clips of the single "Becoming the Bull" into correct order, forming the whole song. Lead Sails Paper Anchor was released on August 28, 2007, and debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 43,000 copies. The album was received with mixed reviews, and was a notable change in sound for the band.
Atreyu toured in the United States on the Taste of Chaos 2008 tour, alongside bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine, D'espairsRay, Mucc, and Blessthefall. The band also toured with co-headliners Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for My Valentine in Australia and New Zealand. They also played the United Kingdom Taste of Chaos tour, headlining with Story of the Year and As I Lay Dying.
On April 22, 2008, Lead Sails Paper Anchor was re-released with new cover art, two bonus tracks, a DVD, and a digital booklet. From July to August 2008, Atreyu headlined the Revolution Stage of Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution. Their setlist consisted of 45 minutes of various songs. With them on the stage were 10 Years, Hawthorne Heights, Armor for Sleep, and Street Drum Corps. Atreyu was also a part of the KROQ-FM Epicenter '09 Show where they did a meet and greet to benefit the non-profit organization Music Saves Lives.
Congregation of the Damned and Covers of the Damned (2009 - 2011)EditAtreyu's fifth studio album, Congregation of the Damned, was released on October 27, 2009. The album, which was produced by Bob Marlette (who has worked with Ozzy Osbourne and Airbourne) and mixed by Rich Costey (who has worked with System of a Down and Rage Against the Machine), was said to be "darker" and "heavier" than the band's previous albums. According to lead singer Alex Varkatzas, the record is a "mix of everything we've ever done. For every song that's more melodic or rock-driven there's a total shit-kicker, and I think that's what makes us a well-rounded band." Atreyu has also described the album to "Make more sense than the other ones because they finally realize what they are". The band started a co-headlining tour with Hollywood Undead, Escape the Fate and The Sleeping in October, and as promotion of album debut songs like "Bleeding Is a Luxury" at K-Rockathon 14 in New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, New York., and "Gallows". Atreyu also promoted the album with five webisodes, released biweekly from September 1 to October 20. Congregation of The Damned debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard 200, selling 27,412 copies on its first week. Atreyu announced that they would be recording an EP Covers of the Damned with tourmates Chiodos, Blessthefall, Endless Hallway, and Architects. It was to be released on October 12, but was leaked on the internet on October 9. Atreyu is touring Australia in November with the No Sleep Til Festival playing most locations with Dropkick Murphys, Alkaline Trio, Megadeth and many more. In December, along with Bring Me the Horizon they supported Bullet for My Valentine across the United Kingdom.
Hiatus and New Projects (2011 - present)Edit
In a short series of Twitter postings, vocalist Alex Varkatzas confirmed that the band was taking a break from touring and recording to "recharge and focus on other parts of our lives." In these same Twitter postings, Alex also stated that he has been working on a new project with Bleeding Through vocalist Brandan Schieppati called I Am War.
Drummer and vocalist Brandon Saller's side project Hell or Highwater (formerly named "The Black Cloud Collective") has recorded an album, Begin Again released on August 9, 2011. Saller is solely the vocalist in this band, and this album does not feature the same metalcore elements as those of Atreyu, voicing a sound similar to bands such as Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace, the band uses only clean vocals.
In December 2011, Travis Miguel added his own endeavors to the list of Atreyu side projects with Fake Figures and their release of the EP Hail the Sycophants. This project features an all-star lineup which includes Miguel on guitar, Rus Martin (Hotwire), Robert Bradley (Scars of Tomorrow), and Justin Pointer and Heather Baker who were both former members of As Night Falls, a project that bassist Marc McKnight played for in 2003 before joining Atreyu. As of July 2012, Steve Ludwig joined Fake Figures as their new drummer.
- Alex Varkatzas - unclean vocals (1998 - 2011)
- Dan Jacobs - lead guitar and backing vocals (1998 - 2011)
- Marc McKnight - bass guitar and backing vocals (2004 - 2011)
- Travis Miguel - rhythm guitar (2000 - 2011)
- Brandon Saller - drums and clean vocals (1998 - 2011)
- Chris Thompson - bass guitar (2001 - 2003)
- Kyle Stanley - bass guitar (1999 - 2001)
- Bryan O'Donnell - bass guitar (1998 - 1999)
- Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses (Victory Records, June 4, 2002)
- The Curse (Victory Records, June 29, 2004)
- A Death-Grip on Yesterday (Victory Records, March 28, 2006)
- Lead Sails Paper Anchor (Hollywood Records, August 28, 2007)
- Congregation of the Damned (Hollywood Records, October 27, 2009)
- Fractures in the Facade of Your Porcelain Beauty (Tribunal Records, November 20, 2001)
- Visions (Metal Blade Records, 1998)