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Atreyu live in 2006
Background information
OriginYorba Linda, California
Years active1998–2011 (on hiatus)
LabelsTribunal, Victory, Hollywood, Roadrunner
MembersAlex Varkatzas
Dan Jacobs
Travis Miguel
Marc McKnight
Brandon Saller
Past member(s)Mark Dubeau
Chris Thomson
Kyle Stanley
Bryan O'Donnell

Atreyu are an American heavy metal band. They are signed to Roadrunner Records. They took their name from a character called Atreyu in a book called The Neverending Story.Sound Tracks

  • "You Give Love a Bad Name" (Bon Jovi cover) featured on Mr. & Mrs. Smith: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2005, Lakeshore Records)


  • "Bleeding Mascara" featured on Vans Warped Tour '05: 2005 Tour Compilation (2005, Side One Dummy Records)
  • "A Song for the Optimists" featured on Victory Style: Volume 5 (2005, Victory Records)
  • "Ain’t Love Grand" featured on AMP Magazine Presents: Hardcore, Volume 1 (2004, Suburban Home Records)
  • "Taking Back Every Word That I Said" featured on Picking Up the Pieces: Volume 1 (2003, Fall Apart Records)

Magazine cover compilations

  • "Bleeding Mascara" featured on August 2005 Rock Sound Magazine cover CD
  • "Isn’t Love Grand" featured on March 2004 Metal Hammer cover CD

'Atreyu' is an American metal core band with melodic death metal and hardcore influences from Orange County, California. Contrary to popular belief, the band did not intentionally name itself after Atreyu, a character from Michael Ende's novel, The Never-ending Story. Rather, the name was suggested to them by a friend of the band.

Members[change | change source]


  • Dan Jacobs: guitar
  • Marc McKnight: bass
  • Travis Miguel: guitar
  • Brandon Saller (born June 24, 1983): drums, vocals
  • Alex Varkatzas (born January 17, 1982): vocals, lyrics

Atreyu was formed as a band sometime during 1998 and 1999. Shortly thereafter, they released their first EP, entitled Visions. The record garnered the band some success in the Southern California metal core scene and they constantly performed to support the seven-track release. Atreyu released its second record, a five-track EP, entitled Fractures in the Facade of Your Porcelain Beauty, in 2001. The record featured early versions of the songs "Living Each Day Like You're Already Dead", "Someone's Standing on My Chest", and "Tulips Are Better", which were re-worked for the band's third release. The record also caught the attention of record executives at Victory Records, who quickly signed the band and added it to its roster. Atreyu recorded and released its first full-length album in 2002. Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses would become an instant fan favorite and was noticed by a wide variety of music fans. The record broke down the walls separating the genres of heavy metal and hardcore, allowing the band to push itself into the forefront of the metal core scene. Critics from publications such as the L.A. Times, Guitar World, and Metal Maniacs commented that the "Southern California five-piece brings new definition to overnight success." Since then, the album has sold over 100,000 copies and has produced two popular singles, "Ain’t Love Grand" and "Lip Gloss and Black." Their newest album, "Congregation of the Damned", was released October 2009 and delighted many of their original fans. Their songs changed by their music slowly getting heavier and darker.