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Atreyu To Play Festivals Without Vocalist Alex Varkatrzas

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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.

"My throat and voice bothered me the last 2 oz shows and when we flew home the swelling was starting to come back. We had a day off, played a grueling hot show, and then prepared for Pointefest. At this point I felt my voice was done but tried to sleep for a few hours before I had to get up for my flight.

"My throat was swollen, sinuses inflamed and voice gone. At this point I have been put on anti-biotics and told to rest and not sing. I don't have any permanent damage but if I carry on like I have been I could get some. I don't want that. I am sorry again to everyone involved. For the longevity of the band, this is the best decision. This has never happened before. I am sorry again."

Brandon followed up with this post:

"We are scheduled to play in Indy at the May Day Fest, and in El Paso at the Balloon Fest this weekend. Unfortunately, at the last minute, a decision has been made resulting in Alex not being able to make these shows due to health issues. For fans of Atreyu, you know that we aren't a band that cancels shows. We felt terrible about not making Pointfest in St. Louis a few days back (due to plane problems) so we knew that we didn't want to let anyone else down. We will still be playing these 2 shows without Alex. Me and Marc will be taking over vocal duties and the show will go on. Alex will be missed but we still want you all to come out, rock faces, and have a great time. This also acts as a notice. Indy and El Paso...save your voices because we're gonna want to hear them even louder than we always do! We apologize and are excited to see you all."

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1. Detmetal20 writes:

HA...this guy really hurt his throat by sucking c***...those lucky a$$ cities dont have to hear him try to sing.

# May 23, 2008 @ 4:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. LOL writes:

Another f***ing sell out band

# May 23, 2008 @ 4:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. DEVILDRIVER FAN writes:

yeah i agree with Detmetal20 what a bunch of fags...

# May 23, 2008 @ 4:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Detmetal20 writes:

Well thanks devildriver, but its more of just having common sense that this guy is gay. and that its fans who go off saying they are "metal" are guy too, because their not metal, their gay as well.

# May 23, 2008 @ 4:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. tirentu writes:

The groove off of the first song of one of their demos was good. Aside from that, total garbage.

# May 23, 2008 @ 4:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. FocusShift writes:

I could tolerate this band when were ripping off In Flames' music but come on, you don't play shows without your singer.

# May 23, 2008 @ 7:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. AlliedFront676 writes:

More great "metal" news!

# May 24, 2008 @ 12:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. v writes:

Haha, he talks about feeling terrible not making it to Pointfest here in STL......all the people I talked to said they we're relieved they weren't playing lol, no one wanted to hear them besides the scene fags and the preppy dooshes who think they listen to rock by listening to the new Atreyu CD........I was def. happy they didnt play, KSE got a better time slot.

# May 24, 2008 @ 4:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Red_Chord writes:

Anyways, they still named their band based and a gay looking character in the movie never ending story. So who the f*** was expecting metal out of this ?

# May 24, 2008 @ 7:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. ruzt writes:

if they want to be a pop band then just have the drummer sing.

# May 24, 2008 @ 3:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. xXxBODOM OF MY HEARTxXx writes:

they should stop playing festivals all together cause they f***ing suck a$$ live...seen them twice and it was horrible...(taste of chaos and ozzfest)...

# May 25, 2008 @ 2:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. aly writes:

you guys are all a bunch of fa**ots. you spend your time telling how much you hate a band. Why do that? no one gives two sh**s. So shut your f***ing mouths.

# May 25, 2008 @ 9:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Mr. Pot writes:

aly writes "you guys are all a bunch of fa**ots. you spend your time telling how much you hate a band. Why do that? no one gives two sh**s. So shut your f***ing mouths"

dude we've herd that, and sadly it wont work on us. we'll bash gay bands as this one, and you cant stop it.
and please come back with better come backs, thats been said on the.....avenged sevenfold, slipknot, trivium, korn and many other trends!

but on the subject this band is sh**, they should stop being such fags and just stop with their goddamn music that takes no effort and/or originallity...atleast avenged sevenfold and trivium have/had potential.
A7X has a great guitarist and drummer, yet they cant write lyrics or song writing.
Trivium just needs to step it up and find their own style.
Atreyu......i cant say much about them besides they SUCK d***!

# May 26, 2008 @ 6:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Mr. Pot writes:

i was at pointfest, i had to take my lil bro and then i had to here his fa**ot a$$ b**** about "theirs no atreyu"
f***, that was the best thing about the show
serj was actually pretty good, i'm not a fan of his but he was the best preformer.
i think next time COB, or Slayer or another great metal band come to town i'll take his a$$ to it and throw him into a mosh pit lol

# May 26, 2008 @ 6:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. watersxz writes:

ok WTF r u all talking about?? Ur a bunch of fags. Atreyu is a good band. An neverending story is a great movie so everyone can go back to sucking d***s.

# May 26, 2008 @ 10:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. rend writes:

ok mr pot ur soo f***ing gay

# May 26, 2008 @ 10:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Mr. Pot writes:

^ ........give me a reason why they can even be considered good watersxz?
and what are you 13?

# May 26, 2008 @ 10:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Mr. Pot writes:

that last post went to post 15
rend......i'm not even gonna dell with your stupid ass!
wait i just checked the IP logged....noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.....
why did you send a message as watersxz, then another as rend????? did you forget to add that you think i'm gay?

# May 26, 2008 @ 10:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. sum1 writes:

...and it looks like both of you have wayyyyyyyy too much free time on your hands

# May 26, 2008 @ 11:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Mr. Pot writes:

^ dude, totally true, i have nothing going for me right now....except bashing gay bands lol

# May 26, 2008 @ 11:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. sum1 writes:

hey...if THAT'S your purpose in life, who am I to stop you...??

# May 26, 2008 @ 11:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. jarebear6969 writes:

i have to agree with mr. pot on this one atreyu is unbelievable gay i was also at pointfest and serj WAS the best performer and it also made the show better that there was no atreyu f*** atreyu.

# May 26, 2008 @ 11:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. XWigglesX writes:

By no means a fan but these guys do put on a very solid live show. Very energetic.

# May 27, 2008 @ 1:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. animeemo13 writes:

wtf!!!! you guys suck atreyu is a great band and they deserved better than what a$$holes are throwing at them!!!! YOU b****ES JUST BURN IN HELL!!!!!!!!! atreyu you guys rock and alex i hope you get better soon, best wishes to ya'll

# May 27, 2008 @ 12:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Mr. Pot writes:

^ i dont believe in hell a$$hole!
and alex wont get better if he keeps on sucking brandons d***!

# May 27, 2008 @ 12:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. sum1 writes:

Mr. Pot, I honestly peg out for a guy who whatches an unbelievable amount of gay porn! Am i right?
Because that seems to be the only thing you think about, seriously, how often in a day do you think of a guy sucking anothe guy's c***? No dissrespect towards homosexuals, but if you are, Mr. Pot, at least assume yourself!

# May 27, 2008 @ 1:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. SHHHH writes:

many of you keep talking about sucking c**k and how alex got sick from it.... you must have first hand experience to know so much about the adverse effects.
It's ok our society is much more accepting of homosexuality, you don't have to act like it's cool to ,pretend, bash someone who is CLEARLY not gay because you are.
come on come out

# May 27, 2008 @ 4:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Detmetal20 writes:

This sh** is to f***ing funny.

# May 27, 2008 @ 5:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Mr. Pot writes:

any help bashing these fags??? they want me to suck their d***s!
huh...

to post 26
how do i watch gay porn? the porn that i usually watch is girl-on-girl....which is actually called lesbian porn....but you could call it gay
but have you been stalking me....i dont want some emo fag to be stalking me seriously....thats f***ing crazy dude
stop lying to yourself really, you'll live longer if you dont lie to yourself, atreyu sucks d*** and its the truth, you dont know me so really your talking out of your ass...
and i agree with Detmetal20, whether or not he's with me, this is f***ing funny lol

# May 28, 2008 @ 11:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. sum1 writes:

say what you want...still doesnt explain why most of the words you use are gay, fags, sucking d***s and c***s....and yea, Atreyu have gone downhill musically, but to say that the guy has a throat illness from sucking too much c***, I mean come on dude...a 10 year old could come up with those words

# May 28, 2008 @ 11:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Mr. Pot writes:

^ hey you f***ing c***.....i say f*** alot too
c'mon theris no resonable answer to why he has a "sore throat"...except he sucked to many d***s....
f***, fag, gay, sucking d*** and c***......yeah thats what you like isnt it....dont ya....i bet you made your mom real proud that she raised an emo dip sh**....

# May 28, 2008 @ 11:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Kalis_wrath writes:

Hahahaha! What the hell happened in here?! Agayu is a terrible band wether you are willing to admit it or not.

# May 28, 2008 @ 11:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Mr. Pot writes:

^ thank you Kalis, they've been telling me i'm gay for saying their gay lol IT MAKES NOT SENSE!!!!

# May 28, 2008 @ 11:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. sum1 writes:

lol...you can swear...thats really impressive, how do you do that? yea atreyu is bad
and as for the emo comments...keep em' coming buddy...cause i know who i am and i know where i stand, and right now, im standing with one foot crushing your head, and you have no other way out but to call people emo. i hate emo just as much as the next guy, but guy, you got called out for being immature, quit whinning and deal with it...

# May 28, 2008 @ 11:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Mr. Pot writes:

"immature" damn right, you gotta live a little man, what are you....a f***ing nazi?
alot of people i guess are "immature" and if i am, so be it
i'm not whinning, i'm having fun with this argument...to tell you the truth i want you to post another comment bashing me cause you fell like it...cause i felt like bashing atreyu...its all fair i guess
but really "calling me out"?....yep....and how do you have me under your foot? your trippin man....really....your trippin

# May 28, 2008 @ 11:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. sum1 writes:

finally, you're starting to put more thought and more sense into your comments!
im not bashing you at all, my comments are respectful, not hateful! so yea, calling you out is pretty accurate! but enough about that....

# May 29, 2008 @ 12:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Mr. Pot writes:

well i have to put more thought into it with you, this is more of a serious argument, unlike alot of other ones with 10 year olds that all you have to do is say "they suck d***" and they're off and typing out their ass
but i actually have been putting thought more into it than what other people do....read the comemnts against me and you'll understand
we're arguing now about nothing now....ATREYU SUCKS STILL!!!!!!!!

# May 29, 2008 @ 12:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Red_Chord writes:

I still think that it would be cool if Atreyu played the festival with no drummer, guitar players and bass player. They would sound great...

# May 29, 2008 @ 9:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. THE 39TH writes:

Sit on line and run your mouth about how much bands suck.
At least they are out there busting there a$$ and doing there best.

# Jun 5, 2008 @ 1:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. LiquidMetal writes:

dont worry mr pot, if people think you are g*y for using the word g*y, it is because they themselves are g*y. yeah, i agree it makes no sense, if you insult people by calling them g*y, that would be insulting yourself, obviously people these days have no common logic.

# Jun 5, 2008 @ 1:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. LiquidMetal writes:

wiat, i am being a hyprocrite, o sh*t, the irony...

# Jun 5, 2008 @ 1:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. AtreyuFan writes:

I don't know about you guys, but if I don't like a band I tend to not write multiple posts on a story about them. Really I tend to not even read stories about them. So what is the story with the hate? Did Atreyu kill your father and rape your mother or something? Anyways that being said, they make good music. It might not sound exactly like what you listen to, but they are not trying to appeal to everyone. They make music they like and always will. I hope Brandon gets better soon and doesn't need anything major like a tonsilectomy. It would suck if his voice changed.

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 1:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. AtreyuFan writes:

I meant Alex's voice. Sorry!!!

# Jun 11, 2008 @ 1:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Mr. Pot writes:

sh**, i just noticed when somebody pointed out that i said gay to much, i only said it like 1 or 2 times....i said fag a lil, and i said they suck d***. but gay defintly was not my most common word.
What the f***?

lol nice post 40....

this is band is really gay...they suck c*** or d***, what a bunch of fags.

# Jun 12, 2008 @ 11:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. J Rock writes:

Brilliant commentary. Are you all eight year-olds? Lay off the pot, Mr. The word is spelled d-e-f-i-n-i-t-e-l-y. "You are" when combined becomes "you're." The proper sequence of words you should have used to express your opinion is "Atreyu still sucks." You whiney f***ing b****. I'm not a fan of Atreyu, but if I had to guess I'd say you're not making better music than they are.

# Jun 18, 2008 @ 12:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. A scene kids Nightmare writes:

ROFL at post #38.

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