Mammoth WVH Added To 2021 Aftershock Festival

Wolfgang Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH project has been added to the 2021 Aftershock Festival. That event will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 7-10 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

October 7: Limp Bizkit, Parkway Drive, Testament, Hatebreed, Exodus, Knocked Loose, and Fit For A King.

October 8: Metallica, Rancid, Volbeat, Seether, +LIVE+, Skillet, Suicidal Tendencies, Avatar, Pop Evil, Butcher Babies, Des Rocs, Ayron Jones, Crobot, Cleopatrick, Ego Kill Talent, Crown Lands, UnityTX, and Contracult Collective.

October 9: My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, Body Count, Badflower, Thursday, L7, Atreyu, Bones UK, South Of Eden, The Black Moods, Another Day Dawns, and American Teeth.

October 10: Metallica, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Mastodon, Pennywise, The Pretty Reckless, Black Veil Brides, Steel Panther, Yelawolf, Mammoth WVH, Grandson, From Ashes To New, Alien Weaponry, Law, The Blue Stones, The Contortionist, Higher Power, Creeper, and The Cold Stares.

Atreyu Announce Two Livestream Concerts

Atreyu have announced two “Carry The Fire” livestream concerts. The first show will take place on November 20 and it will find the band playing a greatest hits set. The second show will take place on December 4 and it will find them performing “Lead Sails Paper Anchor” in full. Tickets can be found HERE.

Limp Bizkit, Rancid, The Offspring, Etc. Added To 2021 Aftershock Festival

A bunch of bands have been added to the 2021 Aftershock Festival. The event will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 7-10 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

October 7: Limp Bizkit, Parkway Drive, Testament, Hatebreed, Exodus, Knocked Loose, and Fit For A King.

October 8: Metallica, Rancid, Volbeat, Seether, +LIVE+, Skillet, Suicidal Tendencies, Avatar, Pop Evil, Butcher Babies, Des Rocs, Ayron Jones, Crobot, Cleopatrick, Ego Kill Talent, Crown Lands, UnityTX, and Contracult Collective.

October 9: My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, Body Count, Badflower, Thursday, L7, Atreyu, Bones UK, South Of Eden, The Black Moods, Another Day Dawns, and American Teeth.

October 10: Metallica, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Mastodon, Pennywise, The Pretty Reckless, Black Veil Brides, Steel Panther, Yelawolf, Grandson, From Ashes To New, Alien Weaponry, Law, The Blue Stones, The Contortionist, Higher Power, Creeper, and The Cold Stares.

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 Tease New Song

Atreyu have posted a teaser for a new song that appears to be titled “Save Us.“ The full track is expected to be released on Friday (October 16). This news comes after the band recently parted ways with Alex Varkatzas.

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.”

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