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Atreyu Announces Release Date Of New Album "Congregation of the Damned," New Tour To Kick Off In October

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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.”

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1. n0thinghead writes:

niiiice... can't wait to c what they bring on. and if it sux... aw well, there's MUCH better sh!t out there.

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2. Cool writes:

I was a fan of their older stuff, but they completely lost me with Lead Sails BS. I'll probably get this album, even with the people who will just read this article and post "ATREYU SCUKCKS!!!! YEAHHH!!! f*** U p***ies!!!!" Hopefully it's way heavier than the last one.

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3. n0thinghead writes:

funny, kuz i got into 'em kuz of the "lead sails BS". i'm not a fan of that screamo pu55y sh!t and the singer's screaming from previous albums just sounded like garbage just like a7x's earlier work too. but then they started doing that hard rock kinda vibe stuff and then they caught my attention and atreyu too, with "leade sails bs". i understand u ^^^ completely but i just don't think "heavier" (for SOME bands) necessarily means BETTER. but whatever that's just imo and alotta ppl disagree with me on ALOTTA sh!t alrdy but hey, that's just what makes america soo great.

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4. Katelynn writes:

Omg im so excited i cant wait ^_^ as soon and ovtober 27th comes im running to the stores and buying it.
i dont understand why everybody hates lead sails paper anchor..i mean it was a little bit different but deff not bullsh**

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5. FeVeRDrEaM620 writes:

i h8ed Lead sails paper anchor orginally cuz i always loved what they did with deathgrip and the curse but it grows on ya after some listens now it might just be their best record...i still love deathgrip the best tho :]]]]]]] cant w8 for nov4th PITTSBURGH!!!!!!!!!

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6. atreyu fan #1 or 11111564 writes:

I've been a huge fan of atreyu, alex and brandon since the curse. that album helped me deal with alot of sh**. Granted they have evolved ( as a band) extremely since then, its commonplace for a musician to experiment and explore new genres. But to condemn a band for doing exactly what thousands have done before them, is an ignorant thing to do. to say that you are a true atreyu fan is to support every musical endevor that they undero. even if you dont agree with it. so to be succinct with a quote you've heard before...." Hypocrites and critics all, i've heard it all and i'm done with that sh**. So blow those f***ing words out the back of your head!"

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7. n0thinghead writes:

^^^^ lmao!! niiiice... but yeah, #3... lol.

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