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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.
The Pulse of Radio reports that a scam centered around tickets to the Taste of Chaos tour has hit the Web. A person passing themselves off as "Jennifer Weds" at the email address email@example.com is sending out emails offering two VIP tickets for $95 each. The messages generally say in part, "You have been chosen to receive two VIP tickets for the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour! Your name will be on the will call list plus one guest. Please be sure to bring a print out of the email and your photo ID when picking up your tickets. Will call will be open one hour prior to showtime. Have a great time and keep rockin!"
The Taste of Chaos has asked fans to disregard these emails as they are totally false.
In other news, anyone who signs up for the DKMS Bone Marrow Registry through Music Saves Lives will gain early entry to stops on the Taste of Chaos run. Concertgoers 18 and older who register with the marrow program, which helps those with leukemia and cancers of the blood, will be allowed into the venue 30 minutes before doors open to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what goes on before the lights go down.
Only 20 people will be allowed in per show. Information on how to apply can be found at TasteOfChaos.com.
The Taste of Chaos tour features AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ATREYU, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and others. It pulls into Minneapolis on Tuesday (March 4).
ATREYU will re-issue its latest album, "Lead Sails Paper Anchor", in an expanded edition on March 18, according to HardDrive Radio. The enhanced version of the band's major label debut will include a newly recorded song, DVD content and other bonus features. Frontman Alex Varkatzas told The Pulse of Radio more about the group's plans for the release. "We just really want to, you know, write a really cool song as part of the expanded edition of the CD, and we're gonna do some cool, like, DVD view segments, whatever that means, and enhance up the CD, stuff like that," he said.
"Lead Sails Paper Anchor", ATREYU's major label debut, arrived last summer and features the single "Becoming the Bull". The newest single from the disc is called "Falling Down".
ATREYU is getting ready to join AVENGED SEVENFOLD and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE on this winter's Taste of Chaos tour, which begins on February 29 in Denver.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and ATREYU will team up for a six-show Australian tour in May. The dates are as follows:
May 06 - Riverstage Brisbane (All Ages)
May 07 - Hordern Pavilion Sydney (All Ages)
May 08 - Thebarton Theatre Adelaide (All Ages)
May 10 - Festival Hall Melbourne (All Ages)
May 11 - Metro City Perth (Under 18's)
May 12 - May Metro City Perth (18+)
Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 22 at 9:00 a.m.
The new BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE album, "Scream Aim Fire", sold 53,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart. BULLET's first-week sales total is only eight thousand copies less than that of this week's chart-topper, ALICIA KEYS, whose No. 1 album is said to be among the the lowest-selling in modern chart history.
"Scream Aim Fire", has achieved the following first-week chart positions:
United Kingdom: #5
A No. 4 debut might be sweet for BULLET singer Matt Tuck, who told The Pulse of Radio that making the disc was a difficult process. "Yeah, totally, every day for the last eight months, prior to it getting actually mixed and mastered and finished, it was like just a never-ending struggle every day, really," he said. "But, you know, it's definitely worth the work."
The CD follows up the group's acclaimed 2006 full-length debut, "The Poison", which has sold more than 375,000 copies in the U.S.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will join AVENGED SEVENFOLD and ATREYU on this winter's Taste of Chaos tour beginning on February 29 in Denver.
The Pulse of Radio reports: ATREYU is getting ready to join fellow Orange County, California residents AVENGED SEVENFOLD on this winter's Taste of Chaos tour. Although the tour doesn't begin until February 29 in Denver, ATREYU singer Alex Varkatzas told The Pulse of Radio that his band is keeping busy with rehearsals and planning a reissue of its latest album, "Lead Sails Paper Anchor". "We're just kind of practicing," he said. "We're working on writing a new song that we're gonna release as part of, like, a re-release of 'Lead Sails', just to add some DVD content and some other things like that. So we're keeping busy."
Varkatzas did not have a title for the new song, nor a release date for the expanded edition of "Lead Sails...", which will come with a DVD.
"Lead Sails Paper Anchor", ATREYU's major label debut, arrived last summer and features the single "Becoming the Bull". The newest single from the disc is called "Falling Down".
The 43-show Chaos run will also feature performances from BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, BLESS THE FALL, IDIOT PILOT and others. It's scheduled to last through mid-April.
The following dates have been released for next year’s “Taste of Chaos” tour, which will feature ATREYU, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, and BLESSTHEFALL:
February 29 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
March 1 - Kansas City, MO @ Memorial Hall
March 2 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
March 4 - Minneapolis, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
March 5 - St. Louis, MO @ Family Arena
March 7 - Dayton, OH @ Hara Arena
March 8 - Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena
March 10 - Rochester, NY @ The Armory
March 11 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
March 13 - Norfolk, VA @ Constant Convocation Center
March 14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tweeter Center
March 15 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Convention Center
March 17 - Washington, DC @ Patriot Center
March 18 - Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Civic Center
March 20 - Nassau, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
March 21 - Boston, MA @ Tsongas Arena
March 22 - Albany, NY @ The Armory
March 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Gwinnett Center
March 25 - Tampa, FL @ USF Sundome
March 26 - Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park
March 28 - Orlando, FL @ USC Arena
March 29 - Biloxi, MS @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum
March 30 - Houston, TX @ The Woodlands
April 1 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theatre
April 3 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Fairgrounds Arena
April 4 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheatre
April 5 - San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
April 6 - El Paso, TX @ County Coliseum
April 9 - Phoenix, AZ @ Jobing.com Arena
April 10 - Long Beach, CA @ Long Beach Arena
April 12 - San Jose, CA @ Event Center
April 13 - Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
April 15 - Seattle, WA @ WaMu Center
The tour will also include Japanese rock bands (JRock) MUCC, D’ESPAIRSRAY, and THE UNDERNEATH. Bellingham, Washington group IDIOT PILOT will play two special sets every night in each venue concourse.
The Pulse of Radio reports that ATREYU, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE are all expected to participate in the 2008 Taste of Chaos tour. ATREYU will headline the trek, which is tentatively slated to begin in March. Dates, venues and additions to the lineup will be announced in the weeks ahead. Representatives for the bands were unable to confirm their involvement in the show before an official announcement was made by the Taste of Chaos organizers.
Taste of Chaos is produced by the creators of the Warped Tour, which also began announcing bands last week.
Previous Taste of Chaos acts have included 30 SECONDS TO MARS, THE USED and MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE.
ATREYU is promoting its major label debut, "Lead Sails Paper Anchor", which arrived this past summer, while AVENGED SEVENFOLD issued its self-titled fourth album at the end of October. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE will release its sophomore effort, "Scream Aim Fire", in late January.