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Atreyu is a five-member band from Orange County, California. The band consists of vocalist Alex Varkatzas, guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel, bassist Marc McKnight and drummer and vocalist Brandon Saller. The band was originally named "Retribution" but later changed their name to "Atreyu" after the character from the fantasy movie The Neverending Story of the same name when they found out that another band from Hemet, California had been using their original name. They are currently set to co-headline the 2008 Taste Of Chaos Tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for my Valentine.

1998-2000: Independent years

Atreyu formed as a punk band called Retribution while students at Esperanza High School in Anaheim, California, consisting of drummer Brandon Saller, vocalist Alex Varkatzas, and guitarist Dan Jacobs. The band changed its name to Atreyu after the character in The Neverending Story, which was suggested by a friend, Scott Lloyd, aka The Mess.

In 1998, Atreyu released an independent 7-track EP titled Visions. The album was sold at their live performances. Their second release, Fractures in the Facade of Your Porcelain Beauty was a short 5-track EP released by underground label Tribunal Records and featured tracks that would be re-worked in later releases. Atreyu signed with Victory Records in 2001, and their most critically acclaimed works would be to come from these releases.

2001-2006: Signing to Victory Records

In 2001, Atreyu signed with Victory Records, who were famous for signing young, upstart emocore and metalcore bands and making them successful, later releasing in 2002 their first full-length album Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses.[4] The band also introduced another singer, Brandon Saller, the drummer, who would become more prolific in their later releases, but in this album, his parts were most confined to choruses, and only in certain songs at that. Atreyu's second album, The Curse, was released in 2004, selling 300,000 copies. Atreyu was then featured on the soundtrack to the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith with a cover of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name".

In 2006, Atreyu released its third studio album A Death-Grip on Yesterday on March 28, 2006. The album peaked at number 9 on the Billboard 200, with sales of 69,000. The album was said to balance of Brandon Saller's melodic singing vocals and Varkatzas's aggressive screaming. The album was met with positive reviews though, as IGN called the album "A brief but potent hissy fit."

2007-present: Signing to Hollywood Records

In early 2007, Atreyu signed a record deal with Hollywood Records for America and an international deal with Roadrunner Records. With a new label, the band began to prepare its fourth studio album. A jigsaw puzzle was released on the band's website, as the goal was to put all the audio clips of the single, "Becoming the Bull" into correct order, forming the whole song.

Lead Sails Paper Anchor was released on August 28, 2007, and debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 43,000 copies. The American release of the album had a bonus track, a cover of the song "Epic" by Faith No More, while the European and Australian bonus track was a cover of "Clean Sheets" by The Descendants. They will play at the United States 2008 Taste of Chaos along side bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Blessthefall and Fear of Infection. As well as Taste of Chaos, Atreyu with Bullet For My Valentine will be supporting Avenged Sevenfold in Australia mid-2008. In April of this year Atreyu will be re-releasing Lead Sails Paper Anchor with a previously unreleased bonus track and a DVD.

Discography

2002: Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses
2004: The Curse
2006: A Death-Grip on Yesterday
2007: Lead Sails Paper Anchor

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