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Buzznet & DCMA Present: Brandon Saller Performance at The Roxy 1/16/10

Brandon Saller and Billy Martin (Good Charlotte) took the stage for an acoustic performance at the Buzznet & DCMA party Larger Than Life on 1/16/10…
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atreyu Jan 19, 2010
Brandon Saller Billy Martin Peform 'Little One' Acousticvid

Brandon Saller & Billy Martin Peform 'Little One' Acoustic

At the Buzznet & DCMA party at The Roxy 1/16/10.
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atreyu Jan 19, 2010
Buzznet DCMA Party Announcementvid

Buzznet & DCMA Party Announcement

Buzznet dropped by DCMA in Hollywood and we got the chance to check in with a few surprise guests. Watch the video to get the…
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atreyu Jan 13, 2010
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atreyu Mar 23, 2008
Atreyu fans 'Falling Down' for new video Watch the hilarious montage!vid

Atreyu fans 'Falling Down' for new video — Watch the hilarious montage!

Atreyu asked their fans on Buzznet to submit a video or photo in the theme of their hit song, "Falling Down". Fans came up with…
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atreyu Mar 18, 2008
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Atreyu's "Falling Down" Contest

ENTER THE "FALLING DOWN" CONTEST. WE ARE MAKING A MUSIC VIDEO OUT OF YOUR ENTRIES! CLICK HERE.
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atreyu Feb 05, 2008

Atreyu Tour Diaries - Lost and Fargo

Check out the finally tour diary webisode "Lost and Fargo" by clicking HERE!
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atreyu Dec 17, 2007
Atreyu Tour Diaries - Lost and Fargovid

Atreyu Tour Diaries - Lost and Fargo

Track Atreyu on tour from New Orleans to New York to Fargo then get permanently lost backstage in Bakersfield. Will they ever escape?
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atreyu Dec 10, 2007

Atreyu's Photo Stream

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atreyu Nov 30, 2007
Cure for Boredomvid

Cure for Boredom

Atreyu seeks out a cure for boredom on this clip from the recent US headline tour.
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atreyu Nov 30, 2007

Part 2 & 3 of our Tour Diaries are now LIVE

Click the title to check 'em out now.Atreyu Tour Diaries - ShotgunPart 2 of the Atreyu Tour Diaries series Brandon and Dan give a lesson…
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atreyu Nov 24, 2007
Atreyu Tour Diaries - Not Shaven But Shornvid

Atreyu Tour Diaries - Not Shaven But Shorn

Part 3 of Atreyu's Tour Diaries Marc goes under the scissors for a some short on the sides action.
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atreyu Nov 14, 2007
Atreyu Tour Diaries - Shotgunvid

Atreyu Tour Diaries - Shotgun

Part 2 of the Atreyu Tour Diaries series Brandon and Dan give a lesson on how to shotgun a beer
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atreyu Nov 14, 2007
Atreyu Tour Diaries - Fight!vid

Atreyu Tour Diaries - Fight!

First in the Atreyu Tour Diaries series: Fight is on a two brawl bill! - Alex vs. Travis and Brandon vs. Scott "The Mess"
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atreyu Nov 14, 2007

Check out Part 1 of the Tour Diaries

CLICK HERE to watch Part 1:Fight of the Atreyu Tour Diaries.
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  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Label Type: major
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    Since they muscled their way onto the Orange County metal scene in 1998, Atreyu have sold over a million albums by constantly challenging themselves and their audiences with charged music and acrobatic performances that both have pushed the boundaries of catharsis and emotional exorcism.

    But even those who have grown used to the unexpected from Atreyu will be blown away by the musical growth, determination and depth of the band’s Hollywood Records debut Lead Sails Paper Anchor.

    Embracing new styles of singing and playing, a previously unexplored level of melodicism and a genre-shattering range of instrumentation – including Turkish saz, trumpets, strings, piano, opera vocals and pedal steel guitar – Atreyu have created an exultant disc that expands the parameters of heavy music and unabashedly exposes the band members’ love of ‘80s metal, thrash, industrial, hardcore, alternative and even alt-country. At the same time, Atreyu have written some of the heaviest, most brutal tracks of their career. “Can’t Happen Here” starts with the sound of machine guns, helicopters and screaming children, then breaks into a marching snare beat before bursting into a melodic mix of raging vocals, abrupt rhythmic shifts and a trademark Atreyu monster hook refrain. And just try to find progressions as driving and pounding as “Becoming The Bull,” “Honor” and “Doomsday.”

    “We wanted to push everything about the band further than ever,” explains drummer and songwriter Brandon Saller. “We wanted the heavy parts to be as heavy as anything we’ve done, and at the same time we wanted to go full force with ideas we’ve never even approached.”?

    “It’s totally us, but it comes from a musically more mature place,” adds singer Alex Varkatzas. “You can really hear us pushing ourselves to make everything as good as we possibly could.”

    ?The first single from the album, "Becoming The Bull," kicks off with a monster guitar groove and stomping beat before shifting into a turbo-charged chorus. Then, mid-song, the band explores dynamics with a soft, atmospheric passage that builds into a horrific scream and another pummeling groove.?

    "That song is about the struggle of every day life and trying to deal with it and get your shit together," Varkatzas says. "Life is all about good and bad and it's important to realize that in order to keep your anity." "When we finished the demo for that song, we were all amazed," Saller says. "It's so different for us, but it's so cool, and it was the first indication that this record was going to be everything we wanted it to be."?

    The most adventurous song on Lead Sails Paper Anchor is “Falling Down,” which begins with a shuffling beat and a near-rockabilly riff that builds in intensity until it bursts in a chorus of blaring horns and harmonized vocals, then launches into space with a blazing metal solo.

    “We were doing whatever we felt like the whole time, and at one point I went, ‘Dude, I really want some horns somewhere on the record,’” says Varkatzas. “I really like bands like Rocket From the Crypt. So we put them in there and they’re tight and punchy and really help keep the song interesting.”

    Another curveball comes on “Lead Sails (and a Paper Anchor)” a blend of alt-country, pop and flamboyant hard rock that features pedal steel guitar, plucked strings and sweeping, dramatic vocals.

    “I think I’ve always wanted to do a country ballad,” Saller says. “We did everything we wanted to accomplish on this album. It’s leaps and bounds from where we were. This is us saying loud and clear that we can and will write and do whatever feels good to us.”

    One thing that’s always felt good to Atreyu is ‘80s metal, and on Lead Sails Paper Anchor they indulge themselves like never before – especially on “Blow,” in which the band pays homage to the excesses of ‘80s metal and bands like Motley Crue (Buckcherry's Josh Todd provides guest vocals on the track).

    “It has been a long time since someone made a big, epic hard rock song, and that one definitely came from [guitarist] Dan [Jacobs],” Saller says. “He has always been big time into ‘80s rock and metal and this time we took that stuff and made it bigger than life.”

    Just as surprising as the eclecticism of the songs is Varkatzas’ growth as a singer. His expanded singing techniques – harsh and melodic, brash and snotty, tunefully melancholy -- effectively bridge the band’s previous blend of corrosive howls and tuneful crooning.

    “I was screaming for three records straight, and it was time to bring in some new elements,” Varkatzas says. “I did that a little bit on our last album A Death-Grip on Yesterday, but I didn’t have the right tools. For this, I worked hard and practiced my ass off. I don’t have god given talent. My talent is in my determination. I’ll just try fucking hard and suck at something for a while until I finally get it right.”

    Some of the riffs on Lead Sails Paper Anchor were written when Atreyu were on last year’s Ozzfest and others came on the bus during headline dates. But the majority of the songwriting took place last December and January after Atreyu got off the road. “I made it a point to sit down and write every single day,” says Saller. “Whether it was a single riff a full song or nothing of importance, I just came up with as much as I could.”









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  • Members:
    Brandon Saller - drums, vocals
    Alex Varkatzas - vocals
    Dan Jacobs - guitar
    Travis Miguel - guitar
    Marc McKnight - bass
  • Member Since: 2007-11-13