Every Metalcore Musician in the World Save for Alex Varkatzas Agrees: Atreyu Didn’t “Invent Metalcore”

  • Axl Rosenberg

Atreyu screamer Alex Varkatzas made headlines today thanks to his music. Just kidding, that would never happen. He made headlines because he said something dumb. Specifically, he claimed that Atreyu “invented metalcore,” a declaration which seemed to be based in both a total lack of historical knowledge about the music he makes and an assumption, based on no facts as far as I can tell, that he started to listening to metal and hardcore at a younger age than most of his peers.

I dunno if Varkatzas was counting on those same peers to back up his bizarre claim, but that’s not what happened. Instead, three famous metal musicians — Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, ex-God Forbid), Phil Labonte (All That Remains, ex-Shadows Fall) and Brian Fair (Shadows Fall, Overcast) — all took to social media to correct Varkatzas’ faulty assertion. Oh well.

You can enjoy that exchange below. I’ll be curious to see whether or not Varkatzas tries to walk back what he said (presumably with the old “my quote was taken out of context” chestnut). In the meantime, I’d like to congratulate him on achieving the impossible: he made me agree with Phil Labonte.

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