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Atreyu has posted a new music video online for the song "Storm To Pass," which can be viewed below. The track is from Atreyu's upcoming album "Congregation of the Damned." The new album is currently set for an October 27th release date.
The full track listing for "Congregation of the Damned" is as follows:
Stop! Before It’s Too Late and We’ve Destroyed it All
Bleeding is a Luxury
Congregation of The Damned
Black Days Begin
Storm to Pass
You Were King Now You’re Unconscious
Wait For You More...
Following up their critically and commercially successful album, "Lead Sails Paper Anchor," which sold over 315,000 copies, Atreyu is returning with their fifth album entitled "Congregation of the Damned." "Lead Sails Paper Anchor"marked a substantial shift for the group, expressing an explosively commercial and alternative side of Atreyu that had been largely unexplored. With their new album, "Congregation of the Damned," the members wanted to continue to develop musically, but at the same time return to more of the aggression and firepower they exhibited growing up in the hardcore metal-based scene of Orange County, California.
“The music is heavier and so I was able to write darker lyrics,” explains vocalist Alex Varkatzas. “There’s personal shit on there: self-doubt, self-loathing. Bands who sing about happy things have their place, and I’m not singing about dark things to promote them, I’m singing about them so I don’t go insane. It’s pure catharsis. I make music so I don’t go crazy.”
Varkatzas finds himself in that darker territory with first single “Storm To Pass,” a song that has double meaning: the storm as depression, and the storms of war: “You can feel that depression coming on, you can see yourself doing fucked up things but you can’t stop it,” says Varktazas. “I grew up watching the first Iraq war and the invasion of various countries and how the whole thing became one giant shit storm.”
The full track listing for CONGREGATION OF THE DAMNED is as follows:
Stop! Before It’s Too Late and We’ve Destroyed it All
Bleeding is a Luxury
Congregation of The Damned
Black Days Begin
Storm to Pass
You Were King Now You’re Unconscious
Wait For You
In support of the album, every two weeks leading up to the October 27th release, Atreyu will debut a webisode documenting not only their thoughts on the new record, but they will also take a look back at where the band’s career has taken them over the course of the last 10 years. A new webisode will post every two weeks with the final one posting on October 20th.
"Congregation of the Damned," produced by Bob Marlette (Airborne, Ozzy Osbourne), mixed by Rich Costey (Mars Volta, System of A Down, Rage Against the Machine) with select tracks mixed by Noah Shain (Endless Hallway, Sonny),” comes out October 27.
Atreyu’s latest tour dates are as follows: More...
Atreyu has issued the following statement about streaming another new song online starting at 12:01 AM on Wednesday, September 16th:
"It's your lucky week. You just got 1 new song on Sunday. Since we love you so much we're posting another song off our new album tonight. This song is called 'Storm To Pass' and it will be our first US radio single. It's fucking awesome. This song will be posted here on our myspace page at 12:01am EST (technically Wednesday) / 9:01pm PST (technically Tuesday, TONIGHT). New album 'Congregation Of The Damned' in stores everywhere Oct 27."
Atreyu has issued the following statement about streaming a new song online tonight:
"You may have noticed there are no songs on our player right now. There's a reason for that. We're posting our 1st song off our new album 'Congregation Of The Damned' this Sunday (tomorrow) at 10:27pm EST, the song is called 'STOP! BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE AND WE’VE DESTROYED IT ALL…'. Step on up and get knocked the fuck down!!!! New album in stores everywhere Oct 27"
Hot off a headlining slot on the Vans Warped Tour, Las Vegas' Escape The Fate, has announced they will join Hollywood Undead and Atreyu on "The Vatos Locos Tour" this fall, touring in support of their album, "This War Is Ours."
Here are the latest "The Vatos Locos Tour" dates, featuring Atreyu, Hollywood Undead and Escape The Fate:
Atreyu has posted the first in a series of webisodes regarding their new/upcoming album “Congregation Of The Damned,” which is set for release everywhere on October 27. You can check out webisode #1 below.
The long wait for Atreyu fans is over. The Orange County rock pioneers have completed the follow-up to 2007’s highly acclaimed "Lead Sails Paper Anchor." The album, titled "Congregation of the Damned", produced by Bob Marlette (Airborne, Ozzy Osbourne) and mixed by Rich Costey (Mars Volta, System of A Down, Rage Against the Machine), will be released October 27. A fall co-headlining tour with Hollywood Undead is set to kick off on October 16th at The Pavilion in Lubbock, TX.
“I wrote the line ‘congregation of the damned’ for one of the songs on the album and it got me thinking,” says vocalist Alex Varkatzas. “It kind of feels like in a lot of ways that we, as members of a society, are just gathering around and collectively getting fucked over. When you look at what’s going on in our economy and how other people treat each other, it’s kind of like we’re all just lemmings. We’re lined up blankly staring blindly at nothing and just going along with the flow like a congregation of the damned. So this record really reflects my thoughts and feelings about that in every possible way.”
While Congregation of the Damned addresses some dark, troubling subject matter, creating the album was far from a struggle. The band starting writing new material in January 2009 and by the time they entered Henson Studios in Los Angeles with producer Bob Marlette, they had 25 new songs.
“I think this is the longest our band has ever had laser-like focus on an album,” Varkatzas says. “We were all working together really well and we had a great time in the studio with Bob, who we called BeelzeBob. He’s this jovial cigar-smoking, goatee-sporting dude from Nebraska, and he really helped us fine tune the material and nail our best performances.”
While Congregation of the Damned features some of the band’s heaviest riffs ever on tracks like “You Were the King, Now You’re Unconscious” and “Bleeding Is A Luxury,” it also contains some of truly delicate and sentimental moments, including piano ballad “Wait For You.”
“That one’s just a beautiful song, and if you don’t like it, you don’t have a heart,” Varkatzas says. “I’d say that this album is a mix of everything we’ve ever done. For every song that’s more melodic or rock-driven there’s a total shitkicker, and I think that’s what makes us a well-rounded band.”
Atreyu will kick off a fall co-headlining tour with Hollywood Undead and will remain on the road throughout most of 2010.
“The new set is gonna feature a lot of songs from ‘Congregation’ plus a bunch of other stuff,” Varkatzas says. “We’re just really happy with the album and we can’t wait to play it for people live.”
Atreyu reports that they are almost done with their new album in a short update:
"So it's been a while since we've said anything about it.. but we're about 87.33% done w/ the new record. It should be done by August and it set for release in October I believe. We'll let you know track listing, album title, etc very soon.
"Also, if you didn't know already, we have a Twitter. We update it fairly frequently so add us! Atreyu Twitter."
Avenged Sevenfold has announced that they will be performing in Las Vegas at The New Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Saturday, April 18 with special guest Atreyu. Avenged Sevenfold will be one of the bands to headline opening weekend, along with Paul McCartney (4/19) and The Killers (4/17). Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Saturday, March 7th at noon.
ROCK ON THE RANGE will return to Columbus, Ohio’s Crew Stadium Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 2009. The 2009 line-up for the nationally renowned festival centrally located in the heart of the country will be highlighted by performances from some of rock’s biggest artists including Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold and Korn.
“We try to listen to our fans and they've been saying for years that we should play at Rock On The Range,” said Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe.
“We're really excited to play one of America's great rock festivals,” SLIPKNOT’s Corey Taylor says, “Being asked to headline Rock on the Range is an absolute pleasure! Columbus, Ohio has always been very good to us. The line-up looks great; the shows look fantastic. And I personally think it will be an absolute blast for everyone. See you in May!”
Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, the two-day, multi-stage music and lifestyle event will feature a potent line-up of more than 35 bands. This year’s well-rounded mix of rock’s top artists also includes Shinedown, Buckcherry, The Used, Atreyu, Chevelle, Flyleaf, Saving Abel, Saliva, Blue October, Hoobastank, Black Stone Cherry, and many more.
This marks the third outing for the annual event, which drew 30,000 people in its inaugural year in 2007 and more than 55,000 people in 2008. Event features this year include the addition of a third stage, the Jägermeister Music Stage, on-stage fan platforms--for contest winners--and an expanded vendor village.
In 2009, ROCK ON THE RANGE will also increase their “Go Green” initiative via ROTR “Go Green,” an online portal that allows fans to recycle old cell phones and mp3 players for free tickets and ROTR memorabilia and official festival merchandise. ROTR is the first festival to have an on-line recycling trade-in rewards component. More information can be found at www.rotrgogreen.com.
Tickets for ROCK ON THE RANGE, as well as VIP Packages that include festival tickets, hotel accommodations and festival merchandise, go on sale Saturday, February 21 at 10:00 AM (ET) via www.rockontherange.com and www.ticketmaster.com, all local Ticketmaster outlets and at the Crew Stadium box office. Two-day ticket packages will start as low as $99.50.
Here's the complete Rock On The Range 2009 lineup: More...
Atreyu has issued the following statement:
"As you probably know by now we'll be playing the 2nd Annual Musink Tattoo and Music Fest this year. We're headlining Saturday Feb 21. There are a lot of great bands playing, a TON of amazing tattoo artists from around the world and a lot of other cool stuff too. We hope to see you there... would be a perfect place to get an Atreyu tattoo too ;) click here for more info"
Former Atreyu bassist Chris Thomson and former Bleeding Through drummer Marc Jackson have teamed with vocalist Steven Miller and guitarist Keith Dival to form Crushed on You. Several demo tracks from their upcoming five track EP are available here.
While Crushed on You is not a metal band, you can check out some of their material on their MySpace page.
Four dates have been added to the Taste Of Chaos tour, spanning Denmark, Sweden and Belgium. Bands on the bill include As I Lay Dying, Atreyu, Story Of The Year, Mucc and Horse The Band.
Here are those TASTE OF CHAOS tour dates:
10/10/08 – DK – Copenhagen – KB Hall
11/10/08 – SE – Stockholm – Arenan
12/10/08 – SE – Malmö – KB Hall
13/10/08 – BE – Antwerp – Hof Ter Loo
Los Angeles hardcore band, HORSE the band, have announce the following tour dates with Atreyu, Story of the Year, As I Lay Dying, and MUCC (Japan only)
10/09 Hamburg, Germany @ Docks
10/10 Copenhagen, Denmark @ KB Hall
10/11 Stockholm, Sweden @ Arenan
10/12 Helsinki, Finland @ Ice Hall
10/15 London, UK @ Astoria
10/16 Lincoln, UK @ English Shed
10/17 Norwich, UK @ UEA
10/19 Cardiff, UK @ University
10/20 Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
10/21 Birmingham, UK @ Academy
10/22 Leeds, UK @ Met University
10/24 Hull, UK @ University
10/25 Edinburgh, UK @ Picturehouse
10/26 Dundee, UK @ Fat Sam Live
10/27 Glasgow, UK @ ABC
10/29 Preston, UK @ 53 Degrees
10/30 Manchester, UK @ Academy
10/31 Oxford, UK @ Academy
More dates to be announced soon.
Bay Area legends Testament have won the Metal Hammer Golden Gods award for Best Album with their latest offering "The Formation Of Damnation", beating Down, Atreyu, Bullet For My Valentine and Children Of Bodom for the honour. No other information has been found as of yet regarding the winners of other awards.
Unable to sing, vocalist Alex Varkatrzas will sit out Atreyu's upcoming appearances at the Indianapolis May Day Fest and El Paso's Balloon Fest this weekend. The band will still perform, however, with Marc McKnight (Bass) and Brandon Saller (Drums/Vocals) filling in on vocal duties.
Here is an explanation from Alex:
"ATREYU will perform both shows this weekend in Indianapolis and El Paso because the last thing we want to do is let our fans down. With apologies from me to the listeners of KLAQ and WRZX, I won't be able to be there. My voice is blown and my throat is swollen and I have sinusitis and a u.r. infection. I am so sorry. I feel like I owe more of an explanation, so here goes.
"We have been on tour at this point about 3 months. The last few weeks have been overseas in Australia, where we have been flying and playing shows everyday. I don't drink and take good care of myself but the weather/climate changing daily and constant strain on my voice has taken its toll. I saw a vocal doctor for the first time on the TOC tour because I was having a little swelling on and around my vocal chords. He examined me and saw no serious career threatening problems. However, I did have a part of my vocal chord that looked a little abnormal and inflamed and could eventually swell up more and give me problems. On top of EXTREME nasal congestion (I cant breathe thru my nose). If that swelling happens I was told to rest, in the mean time I got three cortisone shots and went back to rocking for several more weeks straight. I pushed and pushed myself every night and then we left for Australia. More...
Metallica has added another event to their list of things to do before hopping across the pond for their European tour.
According to the band’s website, they’ll be performing at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Irvine, CA on May 17. Irvine's local radio station KROQ is hosting their annual Weenie Roast and Metallica joins a musical roster that already includes Rise Against, Atreyu and Seether, amongst others.
Tickets for the show go on sale just two days beforehand on Thursday, May 15.
Update: The Lineup is as follows: More...
You can now head over to Nonelouder and check out the new Atreyu song, "The Squeeze." It comes off the special edition of "Lead Paper Sails Anchor 2.0," which will be available as a special CDVU on April 22nd. The newly enhanced version comes packed with three new songs, 10 video clips, tons of never before seen photos, and a digital booklet.
Atreyu will be touring this summer as part of the Projekt Revolution tour.
Tenth Street Entertainment — which represents MÖTLEY CRÜE — has shot down as (at least partially) "blatantly false and completely unfounded" Internet rumors that CRÜE will headline a festival-type tour called "Cruefest", with support from several other artists from the Tenth Street management stable, including BUCKCHERRY, PAPA ROACH, SIXX: A.M. and DROWNING POOL. According to Tenth Street, CRÜE's April 15 press conference/announcement in Los Angeles will relate to "a few" (but presumably not all) of the following artists:
PUDDLE OF MUDD
THEORY OF DEADMAN
THREE DAYS GRACE
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
BELLE & SEBASTIAN
3 DOORS DOWN
All four members of CRÜE will be present at the April 15 press conference at a location yet to be determined for what the release hyped as "by far...one of the biggest music announcements of the year!!" The band is also launching a contest in which one grand prize winner from each major city in the country will be flown to Los Angeles to cover the announcement, complete with a chance to interview the band and have the interview broadcast live. Details can be found at the official CRÜE site.
To celebrate the April 22nd release of "Lead Sails Paper Anchor 2.0" CDVU, Atreyu have launched their new “Falling Down” video game. Fans can play the new game at UGOplayer.com. The exciting new game consists of five mini-games, one for each of the guys in the band. Alex’s game slaughters “cute stuff” and leaves a bloody trail of teddy bear parts behind, Brandon takes a trip into hell in search of some ice cream, Dan tests your fast finger work, Marc goes “ghostbusting” with his bass and Travis grills up a remake of the arcade classic, Burger Time. The jam-packed game follows up the popular “Becoming The Bull” interactive game launched last fall.
"Lead Sails Paper Anchor 2.0" CDVU comes packed with new video profiles of the band, behind the scenes footage from the road, tons of never before seen photos, a digital booklet, and three new studio songs. You can check out the teaser for the album and its new content here.