Atreyu’s Alex Varkatzas: “We Invented Metalcore. That May Sound Cocky But I Don’t Care.”

During a recent interview with Rock Sound, Atreyu singer Alex Varkatzas made a pretty bold statement. He claimed his band actually “invented metalcore”

Varkatzas said the following

“You know I don’t know where we fit in any scene and I don’t think that any scene knows where we fit. I think that’s just part of us.

This is going to sound a little cocky but I’m a singer in a band. I don’t think we fit into any genre. I think we are hard to pin down. When we first started it was a little easier.

We were a metallic hardcore band with singing parts. There wasn’t any else like that when we were doing it. People get confused and say ‘you’re a metalcore band’, but we invented metalcore. That may sound cocky but I don’t care.

We pre-date Poison The Well and Killswitch Engage and all those bands. I’ve been doing this since I was literally 12 years old.

So throughout that I still don’t know where we fit, and I think our fans know that. This is the place to be you. This is our driving force and heartbeat. This is the place we go to express ourselves.

I think our fan base and the people who like our band are like that too. They like music and we play music.”

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Atreyu Share Studio Video For New Album “In Our Wake”

Atreyu have shared a new studio video for their new album “In Our Wake.“ That effort will be released on October 12.

Atreyu Release New Song “The Time Is Now” As A Puzzle (UPDATED)

UPDATE: If you don’t want to solve the puzzle, you can now stream the track on YouTube:

Original Story:

Atreyu have released a new song titled “The Time Is Now,“ but to hear it, you will have to solve a puzzle at atreyuofficial.com. It’s worth noting that the band will be awarding prizes to those who solve it the fastest. Atreyu’s new album “In Our Wake“ will be released on October 12.

Atreyu Announce U.S. Tour With Memphis May Fire, Ice Nine Kills, & Sleep Signals

Atreyu have announced a U.S. tour with Memphis May Fire, Ice Nine Kills, and Sleep Signals. The band will be touring in support of their new album “In Our Wake“ (out October 12).

Tour Dates:

11/09 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
11/10 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater
11/12 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
11/13 Houston, TX – House of Blues
11/14 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
11/16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
11/17 Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
11/19 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
11/20 Greensboro, NC – The Cone Denim Entertainment Center
11/21 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
11/23 Harrisburg, PA – Capitol Room – HMAC
11/24 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
11/25 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
11/27 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
11/28 Rochester, NY – Anthology
11/30 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
12/01 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s Entertaiment Center
12/02 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
12/04 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
12/05 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
12/06 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
12/07 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
12/08 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
12/10 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
12/11 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
12/12 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
12/13 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues

Atreyu Reveal Details For New Album “In Our Wake”, Premiere Two New Songs

Atreyu have announced that their new album “In Our Wake” will be released on October 12 via Spinefarm. You can pre-order the effort HERE and check out a video for the title track, along with another new song titled “Anger Left Behind“, below:

“In Our Wake” Track Listing:

01. “In Our Wake”
02. “House Of Gold”
03. “The Time Is Now”
04. “Nothing Will Ever Change”
05. “Blind Deaf & Dumb”
06. “Terrified”
07. “Safety Pin”
08. “Into the Open”
09. “Paper Castle”
10. “No Control”
11. “Anger Left Behind”
12, “Super Hero”

Bassist Porter McKnight said the following about the “In Our Wake’ video:

“With this music video, we wanted our longtime director friend Sean Stiegemeie to come up with something completely unlike anything we’ve done before. We wanted to leave the viewer with a feeling of ‘What the fuck did I just watch!?’ and then play it again to deduce what went down.

Most of our videos have been story-based or life-based. But with this, we just wanted the subtle thread of humanity’s growth and decline. It starts with water, then earth, nature, cityscapes, then slowly decaying humanity. We have a choice as a species to start giving a shit about ourselves and the world around us, and what we choose to make of this life.”

He also added the following about the title:

“The album title ‘In Our Wake‘ comes from the idea that every day we humans have two roads we can go down. Do you choose to inspire, uplift, and enhance each others lives? Or do you prefer to belittle, shit talk, and tear down each other down? With each choice made you leave a ripple that reflects across your community, then onto your city, to your nation, and eventually all across the globe. Who do you leave in your wake?”

Vocalist Alex Varkarzas commented on the album as well:

“It’s a deep one. We looked up to Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, and their deaths were fresh during the writing process. It made us think of what we’ll leave in our wake. We have a choice to change the lives of others for the better.”

Vocalist/drummer Brandon Saller continued:

“This album is sort of a happy place for Atreyu. We’ve gone down many roads. We’ve always been a diverse band that tried new things but this is different. This is a whole new level.”

Snippet Of New Atreyu Song “In Our Wake” Surfaces Online

A snippet of a new Atreyu song, titled “In Our Wake,” has surfaced online via the Japanese Amazon store. You can check that out HERE. The group have also shared a couple of teasers that you can check out below as well. The band’s new album is rumored to be released later this year.

[via The PRP]