They were once called Retribution, later they decided to change their name after the main character from Michael Ende’s fantasy book The Neverending Story. Atreyu was formed in 1998 in Orange County, California, USA. On 2011 the band confirmed that they have gone on hiatus, only to return in making music with an official announcement on July 1, 2014.
Their guitars are handled by Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel. Their bass by Marc McKnight and their drums by Brandon Saller who also plays the keyboards, as well as sharing the vocal department with lead vocalist Alex Varkatzas. Former members include: Brian O’Donnell, Kyle Stanley and Chris Thompson, all filling in the bassist role.
Despite their musical style is essentially metalcore, the band hasn’t hidden its love for the 80’s; Songs like “Blow” can only prove them right.
They have released six studio albums and one compilation album. Studio discography:
Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses (2002)
The Curse (2004)
A Death-Grip On Yesterday (2006)
Lead Sails Paper Anchor (2007)
Congregation of the Damned (2009)
Long Live (2015)