Atreyu Premiere “Save Us” Music Video, Discuss Moving Forward Without Alex Varkatzas

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.”

Atreyu Officially Part Ways With Alex Varkatzas

Atreyu have officially parted ways with vocalist Alex Varkatzas. Despite this, the band still intend to move forward.

Atreyu commented:

“We have been a band for over 20 years now. Lived our dreams together as friends and as brothers. We traveled the world doing what we love, and have been fortunate enough to play music for such an incredible fan base that provides us with the opportunity to share our greatest moments with them.

Now a time of change has come for all of us. Alex Varkatzas is sailing off on a ship of his own, and will part ways with Atreyu. He will not disappear, and neither will Atreyu. There’s nothing but love and respect for each other, and we can’t wait to see what he will come up with next. Stay tuned for his upcoming projects and we all wish him success and fulfillment with all his future endeavors.

Atreyu’s next adventure is among us.

We love you, we’ll see you shortly.”

Varkatzas also issued his own statement:

“After 20 rewarding years of creating music with Atreyu, the band and I are parting ways. I am forever thankful for the memories, experiences, and friendships made along the way. Thank you to all of the friends and fans. I have lots of new music and art to share with you in the future. With love and respect.”

Atreyu’s Alex Varkatzas Seemingly Calls Reports Of His Departure “Fake News”, Says He Wants To Start A “Super Heavy Band”

It was recently reported that Alex Varkatzas may have exited Atreyu, but now it looks like his status in the band is still unclear. The frontman recently shared some Stone Temple Pilots lyrics on social media along with the following caption: “‘I’m not dead and I’m not for sale’ Don’t believe the hype ! 🤟 #stp #weiland #greatsong #fakenews #4/15/20 #falsenarrative.” The hashtags seemingly deny the rumors of his departure, but there is still no official statements. On another note, Varkatzas has also expressed a desire to make a new “super heavy” band:

“I need to shred bro. I’m thinking blood has been shed , meets a little in flames , with a bit of the old Lamb of freaking god thrown in on top. Maybe an ep? Maybe a full length? I need to crush! I miss high fives and stage dives. These should be interesting comments … go!”

Atreyu Premiere New Video For “Super Hero” Feat. Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows & Underoath’s Aaron Gillespie

Atreyu have premiered a new video for their song “Super Hero.” The track, which features Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows and Underoath’s Aaron Gillespie, appears on the band’s 2018 album “In Our Wake.” Atreyu commented:

“Our song ‘Super Hero’ was written about what it’s like to be a parent and the vast amount of time, effort, energy, and hard work it takes to be a real-life superhero for your children. The song also has a broader meaning, especially given the current situation the entire world is dealing with. There are many superheroes out there who appear in many forms — namely the first responders, medical personnel, and health care workers who are putting others first as they work to fight COVID-19 and to save lives. We dedicate this song to them.”

Atreyu’s Alex Varkatzas On Upcoming Album: “It’s Just Depressing Sounding, Rocking Shit”

During a recent appearance on the Scars And Guitars podcast, Atreyu’s Alex Varkatzas talked a bit about the band’s upcoming album. According to the frontman, the new music will be “depressing sounding, rocking shit.’

Varkatzas said the following when asked about pre-production:

“There is zero pre-production. We’re fucking ballers, man. We’ve been doing this for so long. I write lyrics in my sleep. Literally, I wake up and I have a line and I write them down. And there’s two songs from this record — if they make the record, of course — that is literally me waking up in the middle of the night, and I have to write down lyrics or something. But that’s the way it goes, man.

“We’ve been doing this — it’s 20 years. We’re not good at a whole bunch, but we’re okay at this. And John Feldmann, our producer — he did ‘Lead Sails’ — he has crazy energy. He has more energy than us, and he’s a few years older than us. And so when we get around him, it pumps us up. And no matter what, we write one song a day. Every now and then, we crank out two songs a day. So, I think in three weeks — realistically, we work on the weekdays; we don’t work on the weekend — I think we had 18 or 19 songs. And that’s just in our first block. So we’ll come back and we’ll probably write at least another dozen songs.”

He went on to say the effort will be their “next step in maturity.” He continued:

“To me, in a way — and this is a fucking weird way to sell a record, because it doesn’t sound like this — it has some very dark ’80s gothic pop elements. And I don’t mean ‘pop’ as in happy[-sounding music]. It’s just depressing sounding, rocking shit.”

Varkatzas also talked about the lyrical themes in the group’s new material:

“It’s cool, because especially right now, there’s so much… If you’re a comedian and a musician, there’s lots of good inspiration every day — especially in America, unfortunately. Actually, all over the world, but in American especially, it’s ripe with things that make you feel something, whatever it is. Maybe you’re happy about it, maybe you’re sad about it — it’s not my place to speak for people. But you feel some shit right now. And I think comedians handle it by making fun of it, and I handle it by making music and words about it. So, it’s a good time to be inspired.”

[via Blabbermouth]