lunes, 3 de agosto de 2009



Band Prepares for Fall Co-Headlining Tour With Hollywood Undead

Los Angeles, CA (August 3, 2009) – The long wait for Atreyu fans is over. The Orange County rock pioneers have completed the follow-up to 2007’s highly acclaimed Lead Sails Paper Anchor. The album, titled Congregation of the Damned, produced by Bob Marlette (Airborne, Ozzy Osbourne) and mixed by Rich Costey (Mars Volta, System of A Down, Rage Against the Machine), will be released October 27. A fall co-headlining tour with Hollywood Undead is set to kick off on October 16th at The Pavilion in Lubbock, TX.

“I wrote the line ‘congregation of the damned’ for one of the songs on the album and it got me thinking,” says vocalist Alex Varkatzas. “It kind of feels like in a lot of ways that we, as members of a society, are just gathering around and collectively getting fucked over. When you look at what’s going on in our economy and how other people treat each other, it’s kind of like we’re all just lemmings. We’re lined up blankly staring blindly at nothing and just going along with the flow like a congregation of the damned. So this record really reflects my thoughts and feelings about that in every possible way.”

While Congregation of the Damned addresses some dark, troubling subject matter, creating the album was far from a struggle. The band starting writing new material in January 2009 and by the time they entered Henson Studios in Los Angeles with producer Bob Marlette, they had 25 new songs.

“I think this is the longest our band has ever had laser-like focus on an album,” Varkatzas says. “We were all working together really well and we had a great time in the studio with Bob, who we called BeelzeBob. He’s this jovial cigar-smoking, goatee-sporting dude from Nebraska, and he really helped us fine tune the material and nail our best performances.”

While Congregation of the Damned features some of the band’s heaviest riffs ever on tracks like “You Were the King, Now You’re Unconscious” and “Bleeding Is A Luxury,” it also contains some of truly delicate and sentimental moments, including piano ballad “Wait For You.”

“That one’s just a beautiful song, and if you don’t like it, you don’t have a heart,” Varkatzas says. “I’d say that this album 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.”

Atreyu will kick off a fall co-headlining tour with Hollywood Undead and will remain on the road throughout most of 2010.

“The new set is gonna feature a lot of songs from ‘Congregation’ plus a bunch of other stuff,” Varkatzas says. “We’re just really happy with the album and we can’t wait to play it for people live.”

CONGREGATION OF THE DAMNED is the follow up to Atreyu’s 2007’s release LEAD SAILS PAPER ANCHOR which has sold over 300,000 copies to date. Fueled by the Top 5 Active Rock hit “Becoming The Bull” and the #2 charting Alternative Rock hit “Falling Down,” the disc rocketed onto Billboard’s Rock and Hard Rock Album Charts at #1 and on Billboard’s Top 200 debuting at #8, making it the highest-charting album of the band’s career and landing them on the cover of Revolver Magazine, who called the disc "a coffin-tight collection of singles...the potential for hugeness is all over these 11 tunes...," while Metal Hammer declared it "a truly landmark album."

Atreyu has shared stages alongside Linkin Park on last year's Projekt Revolution tour, with Korn and Evanescence on the Family Values Tour, co-headlined the Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour with Avenged Sevenfold and will co-headline a fall 2009 tour with Hollywood Undead.

Atreyu tour dates are as follows:
Sat. Aug. 8 Syracuse, NY New York State Fair Infield - WKRL K-Rockathon
Sat., Aug. 22 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex – Epicenter Music Festival
Sun., Aug. 23 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – KPNT’s PointFest 2009
Sat., Sept. 26 Phoenix, AZ Phoenix Events Complex – KUPD’s End of Summer Scorcher
*Fri., Oct. 16 Lubbock, TX The Pavilion
*Sat., Oct. 17 San Antonio Sunset Station
*Sun., Oct. 18 Dallas, TX House of Blues
*Tues., Oct. 20 Mission, TX Las Palmas Race Park
*Wed., Oct. 21 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theatre
*Fri., Oct. 23 Orlando, FL Hard Rock
*Sat., Oct. 24 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
*Sun., Oct. 25 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
*Mon., Oct. 26 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
*Tues., Oct. 27 Richmond, VA The National
*Thurs., Oct. 29 New York, NY Roseland
*Fri., Oct. 30 Baltimore, MD Sonar
*Sat., Oct. 31 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
*Mon., Nov. 2 Montreal, QC Metropolis
*Tues., Nov. 3 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
*Wed., Nov. 4 Pittsburgh, PA Ches-Arena
*Fri., Nov. 6 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
*Sat., Nov. 7 St. Paul, MN The Myth
*Sun., Nov. 8 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
*Tues., Nov. 10 Denver, CO The Fillmore
*Wed., Nov. 11 Salt Lake City, UT The Great Salt Air
*Fri., Nov. 13 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
*Sat., Nov. 14 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
*Sun., Nov. 15 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
*Tues., Nov. 17 Sacramento, CA Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
*Wed., Nov. 18 San Jose, CA Events Center at San Jose State University
*Fri., Nov. 20 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues

* = Hollywood Undead co-headlining dates
More dates to be announced.

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