Atreyu headlines show at Whitney Peak's Cargo
Coming out of Southern California during the rap-metal explosion around the turn of the century, Atreyu crafted a sound much closer to Agnostic Front or Hatebreed. The metalcore quintet was formed by Brandon Saller (drums/vocals), Dan Jacobs (guitar), Chris Thomson (bass), Travis Miguel (guitar) and Alex Varkatzas (vocals).
Their warped, detuned guitars were matched by pounding drums and acidic vocals, which gave the material an edge otherwise absent from their sludge metal. Atreyu released various demos, including the seven-song EP "Visions," in the late '90s before commercially debuting with the "Fractures in the Facade of Your Porcelain Beauty" EP on Tribunal in late 2001; the full-length "Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses" appeared the next year on Victory. Touring almost nonstop in support of the record, the group faced lineup changes as bassist Marc McKnight replaced Thomson before the recording of their follow-up.
Atreyu's second full-length, "The Curse," surfaced in June 2004 and went on to sell over 300,000 copies
They contributed a track to 2006's soundtrack to "Underworld: Evolution" and were near the top of the billing for the year's Taste of Chaos tour, alongside the Deftones and Thrice
Inn late 2009 they released their fifth studio album, the critically acclaimed "Congregation of the Damned." The album would be their last for some time, as the band went on hiatus the following year to focus on family matters and various other musical pursuits. They reconvened in 2015 with "Long Live," featuring 12 new hard-hitting tracks.
See them live at Cargo Concert Hall May 4.