Fate Misunderstood

Atreyu – Congregation of the Damned Out October 27, 2009

Well, it’s about darn time! Sheesh, these guys have really milked the last album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, dry.  They’ve also made some really interesting music/tour/marketing/PR decisions in the past two years, which I can only guess is attributed to their new record label deal with Hollywood Records, who is owned by Disney and – by the way – also supports pop icons like Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and The (freakin’) Jonas Brothers!  I’m not even kidding.  Take a look for yourself here.

I think the general concensus/question from Atreyu fans is: What the heck happened to the bad-a$$ band we fell in love with that wrote masterpiece albums like Deathgrip and Curse??  And furthermore, WHY are they headlining a tour with Hollywood Undead?!

I’ve gotta say, the long awaited new Atreyu album that they will be coming out with in October, is no longer on the top of my purchase list.  But, according to Alex Varkatzas, he says that the record is a “mix of everything we’ve ever done. For every song that’s more melodic or rock-driven there’s a total shitkicker, and I think that’s what makes us a well-rounded band.”

One, I hope he’s right, and two I can’t believe Disney let him say “shitkicker”.


Hidden Tracks – ATREYU, The Crimson

Artist: Atreyu
Album: The Curse, 2004
Title: The Crimson

This song has been in heavy rotation on my ipod, in my car, in the shower this month.  I didn’t just discover it, it is a song that I have been listening to for over a year or so, but lyrically AND musically it’s just so impressive and intense that I can’t stop listening to it.   So metal. Check it out, and then watch the video

The Crimson

I feel it welling up inside
And Robert Smith lied,
Boys do cry and with
Blood tears in my eyes I’m an Anne Rice novel come to life.
I can’t hide the monster… anymore.
One can, only feel desolate for so long until
One starts to change into
Something the mirror doesn’t recognize.
The darkness has been biding its time
To claim its latest victim,
Fresh meat for carnal desires,
To become, what I became.
I viewed the sun for the last time.

Will you still hold me when you see what I have done?
Will you still kiss me the same,
When you taste my victim’s blood?
So crimson and red,
I feel it flowing from your lips. (Crimson and red)
My heart is dead and so are you.

And it pulses through,
The desire to change, to deconstruct
All of my,
All of my, past failings.
But where to begin, because when you live in sin
It’s hard to look at saints,
Without them reflecting your jet black aura back on you.
And all I have is hope
My inner burn’s not fading,
I’ll wipe the blood from my cheek and get on with my day.

Will you still hold me when you see what I have done?
Will you still kiss me the same,
When you taste my victim’s blood?
So crimson and red,
I feel it flowing from your lips. (Crimson and red)
My heart is dead and so are you.

And all I have is hope
And all I need is time
To bury in pine under six feet of time
The lies I told me about myself.
Claw my way out,
Pick the splinters from under my fingernails.
I won’t lose hope,
I won’t give in.
Just live and breathe, try not to die again.
Just live and breathe, try not to die again.
Just live and breathe, try not to die again.
I try not to die again.

Will you still hold me when you see what I have done?
Will you still kiss me the same,
When you taste my victim’s blood?
So crimson and red,
I feel it flowing from your lips. (Crimson and red)
My heart is dead and so are you.

Will you still hold me when you see what I have done?
Will you still kiss me the same,
When you taste my victim’s blood?
So crimson and red,
I feel it flowing from your lips.(When you taste my victim’s blood)
My heart is dead and so are you.

Atreyu started a revolution

It’s been so long since my last post and a lot has happened.  Two weeks ago, Linkin Park brought Atreyu to my hometown with them.  At first I was resistant but eventually came around to going to see JUST Atreyu.  And that’s what we did.  We got there in time to see a little bit of Hawthorn Heights and too much of 10 Years.  10 years wasn’t bad, but they really weren’t that good.  I can see how a crowd that came to see Linkin Park would like them, but I just could not enjoy it.  They almost made me want to fall asleep.  They sounded a lot like TOOL, and I wasn’t sold on their image.   Overall, they didn’t make me want to buy their album or see them ever again.  And the worst part was that they were opening for the best band on the tour.  ATREYU.

When 10 Years’ set was finally over, we inched our way to the front.  The sun beated down on us, and it had rained earlier so the ground was muddy.  There is nothing like a hot, humid muddy day to go see your favorite band, however, I’ll take a cool air conditioned club anyday of the year 🙂

Atreyu came out and they seriously rocked it.  I was totally impressed by the set, and their interaction with the crowd.  I suppose Alex has his voice back from his time off in between Taste of Chaos and Projekt Revolution.  The band just simply rocked, and we had an amazing, sweaty, grimey time.  My only complaint were the fans.  I noticed that there were too many guys that liked to catapult male crowd surfers, in the most dangerous of ways.  And also too many 15 year old girls that didn’t realize that if you’re going to crowd surf with your bikini on, it’s going to end up coming off by the time you get to the front..

But I digress.  It was a great time. They played many of the songs we loved including The Crimson.  The sound was really great, and I was impressed by how close to the record they sounded.   At the end of the set, we saw our band, went home right away and jumped in the shower 🙂

All in all, it was a great Sunday. Check it out.

Ok, I Have A Confession to Make..
July 21, 2008, 4:50 pm
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If you recall a few months back, I wrote an open letter to Atretyu, one of my favorite Orange County bands, explaining my disapproval of their decision to go on tour with Linkin Park, the KISS of our generation.  I even went as far to say that I wouldn’t be attending the show or condoning their tour.  Well, I’m reluctant to say that I’ve gone against my word and will in fact be attending Projekt Revolution this Sunday, July 27th.  Now, the only consolation is that we haven’t gotten tickets yet, but the plan is to just get the cheapest lawn tickets possible when we get there on Sunday and then immediately leave after Atreyu plays.  I just can’t bear to miss seeing the guys in my hometown… can you blame me??

I’m pretty sure that they will be playing a bunch of songs off their newest album, with minimal screaming, but you never know, they might throw in some songs from The Curse or Deathgrip for their true fans.  But I guess I can’t find out unless I go.

You win this time Linkin Park…  you win this time.

Atreyu singer, Alex Varkatzas experiencing technical difficulties
June 13, 2008, 11:36 am
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According to Atreyu’s Myspace blog, lead singer Alex Varkatzas is taking some time off to recouperate from sinusitus.  In their latest update from May 23rd:

“ATREYU will perform both shows this weekend in Indianapolis and El Paso because the last thing we want to do is let our fans down. With apologies from me to the listeners of KLAQ and WRZX, I won’t be able to be there. My voice is blown and my throat is swollen and I have sinusitis and a u.r. infection. I am so sorry. I feel like I owe more of an explanation, so here goes.

We have been on tour at this point about 3 months. The last few weeks have been overseas in Australia, where we have been flying and playing shows everyday. I don’t drink and take good care of myself but the weather/climate changing daily and constant strain on my voice has taken its toll. I saw a vocal doctor for the first time on the TOC tour because I was having a little swelling on and around my vocal chords. He examined me and saw no serious career threatening problems. However, I did have a part of my vocal chord that looked a little abnormal and inflamed and could eventually swell up more and give me problems. On top of EXTREME nasal congestion (I cant breathe thru my nose). If that swelling happens I was told to rest, in the mean time I got three cortisone shots and went back to rocking for several more weeks straight. I pushed and pushed myself every night and then we left for Australia.

My throat and voice bothered me the last 2 oz shows and when we flew home the swelling was starting to come back. We had a day off, played a grueling hot show, and then prepared for Pointefest. At this point I felt my voice was done but tried to sleep for a few hours before I had to get up for my flight.

My throat was swollen, sinuses inflamed and voice gone. At this point I have been put on anti-biotics and told to rest and not sing. I don’t have any permanent damage but if I carry on like I have been I could get some. I don’t want that. I am sorry again to everyone involved. For the longevity of the band, this is the best decision. This has never happened before. I am sorry again.”


“We are scheduled to play in Indy at the May Day Fest, and in El Paso at the Balloon Fest this weekend. Unfortunately, at the last minute, a decision has been made resulting in Alex not being able to make these shows due to health issues. For fans of Atreyu, you know that we aren’t a band that cancels shows. We felt terrible about not making Pointfest in St. Louis a few days back (due to plane problems) so we knew that we didn’t want to let anyone else down. We will still be playing these 2 shows without Alex. Me and Marc will be taking over vocal duties and the show will go on. Alex will be missed but we still want you all to come out, rock faces, and have a great time. This also acts as a notice. Indy and El Paso…save your voices because we’re gonna want to hear them even louder than we always do! We apologize and are excited to see you all.”


I’m impressed with how the band is handleing this and also impressed with the thourough explaination they’ve given.  Alex seems to be frustrated and really uphappy that he is disappointing his fans. 

Fate Misunderstood wishes Alex a speedy recovery.

Just When You Think You Know Someone….
April 12, 2008, 4:22 am
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An Open Letter to the Members of Atreyu:

Dear Atreyu,
What is this I hear about you headlining at this summer’s Projekt Revolution Tour with Linkin Park?? And do they think it’s clever to misspell words and replace “c”s with “k”s? Why do you do this to me Atreyu? I thought I knew you… I thought we had an understanding. But no, instead you have decided to go on tour with Stinkin’ Fart… ALL SUMMER LONG…

I say with regret, that I will not be seeing you until the fall when you realize that this decision to tour with crappy bands was a bad idea, and when you return to small venues and screaming…

That is all. Thank you.

Your disappointed fan,

New Atreyu Video
March 28, 2008, 1:49 am
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Hey ATREYU fans, they’ve just released their new video for “Falling Down”. To be honest, this is definitely my least favorite Atreyu song on the new album, but they did a really good job portraying it!

What I liked the most was that you can see the guys’ personalities in the video. It’s directed by Sean Stiegemeier and is reminiscent of the movie The Outsiders. For a song that I felt didn’t reflect the band at all from the album, the video did a great job pairing the song and the band’s fun nature, if that makes any sense. 

Take a look