Yesterday (October 15), Atreyu released a new song titled “Save Us“ and now they have also shared an official video for the track. You can check that out below:
The band commented:
“‘Save Us‘ is not only a reflection of where we are musically, but also a mirror to the world in this ominous moment in time. We chose to pair the powerful message with one of the heavier songs we’ve ever written. This song feels like the anthem that we all need right now. To us, it’s a call to action to light the fire in ourselves. We can begin to make great change — but only if we look inside first.”
In other news, Brandon Saller recently discussed Alex Varkatzas’ departure from the band on “Cutter’s Rockcast.” Saller will now be focusing on vocals, while Hell Or Highwater’s Kyle Rosa handles drumming duties. He said the following about that [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:
“I think we were really blessed with a moment last summer, where we had to go to Europe without Al. The two things are completely unrelated and have nothing to do with each other, really, but we had played in Europe and felt what that was like with the lineup that we currently have, and it worked, and it felt strong.
So when it came time to figure out what was gonna be, obviously, Kyle Rosa was our first choice to call to play drums. If anyone knows me in Hell Or Highwater, Kyle is the drummer of Hell Or Highwater. He’s one of my best friends and just a phenomenal human. So we kind of started playing with him and jamming with him and going through the motions to see how it felt, and it still felt really great. So that’s where we are now.”
He also commented on their decision to not replace Varkatzas:
“A new voice, I think, would completely shatter people, whereas I think just having me — everyone knows me, every Atreyu fan knows my voice and knows what it is in the band, and it’s still there. And we just integrated Porter doing a lot more of the screaming stuff. I’m doing some of the screaming stuff on the [upcoming] record, but most of it’s Porter.
If you know our last five records, you know his voice too. Since he’s been in the band, he’s been screaming on records and he’s been in the mix. So it still felt really familiar. We’re trying to take ourselves outside of the band and put ourselves in the fans’ shoes. And this still feels so much like Atreyu, and I feel like we’re stronger than ever. And it feels good, and we all are so excited for this.”
He also added the following about the band’s upcoming album:
“I think a lot of people expected us to, for some reason, put out a pop album. It’s probably the heaviest record we’ve made in a long time. And that’s not to say there isn’t some freakin’ pop-style stuff on there — there is, just like every other Atreyu record. Every record we’ve done for the past decade-plus has had those moments, and that’s always been the band we are. It’s brutal, and it still feels like Atreyu to me.
This isn’t a slight on Al at all, but not everyone lives and breathes on the Internet. There’s a lot of people that will hear this just on the radio and will have no idea, because it’s not a crazy departure style-wise.”