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Atreyu Threaten to Reform

Atreyu’s 2006 release, A Death-Grip on Yesterday, is a guilty pleasure of mine. I find the songs to be incredibly catchy, even if I’m aware that a) naming your band after a character from The Never Ending Story is lame, b) sans autotune, Brandon Saller’s clean vocals make Phil Labonte sound like Rob Halford, and c) Alex Varkatzas’ declaration during a 2004 interview with AP (“I fucking hate Metallica-flat out, fuck Metallica, fuck Black Sabbath. I don’t give a fuck about the fucking ‘roots’. Those aren’t my roots, so I don’t fucking care. Green Day was more important to me you know?”) instantly renders everything with which he is associated a total joke.

Like I said — it’s a guilty pleasure. I would never defend it as “good.” And everything the band made after it only served to prove that the band sucked; no band better illustrates the ways in which musicians will chase stardom the way a dog will chase an ambulance. Their sound got a billion times more “commercial” (for lack of a better term) and autotuney, and suddenly that fact that “Green Day was more important” to them than Sabbath became readily apparent.

Fortunately for us, their fanbase basically revolted against this perceived selling out, and the band broke up in 2011.

Unfortunately, they are now threatening to reform. From their Facebook page:

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You have to give ’em props for admitting that their major label years were “BS” — but that didn’t stop them from recording those albums, and really, what’s the best case scenario here? More guilty pleasure music? ‘Cause I’m feeling pretty okay just listening to “Your Private War” once every six months, y’know?

[via The PRP]

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