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Atreyu’s Alex Varkatzas: “We Invented Metalcore. That May Sound Cocky But I Don’t Care.”


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Atreyu vocalist Alex Varkatzas has expressed an opinion that will no doubt be controversial regarding the origins of the metalcore genre. Speaking recently to Rock Sound in regards to what he feels the band currently represent in modern times:

“You know I don’t know where we fit in any scene and I don’t think that any scene knows where we fit. I think that’s just part of us.

This is going to sound a little cocky but I’m a singer in a band. I don’t think we fit into any genre. I think we are hard to pin down. When we first started it was a little easier.

We were a metallic hardcore band with singing parts. There wasn’t any else like that when we were doing it. People get confused and say ‘you’re a metalcore band’, but we invented metalcore. That may sound cocky but I don’t care.

We pre-date Poison The Well and Killswitch Engage and all those bands. I’ve been doing this since I was literally 12 years old.

So throughout that I still don’t know where we fit, and I think our fans know that. This is the place to be you. This is our driving force and heartbeat. This is the place we go to express ourselves.

I think our fan base and the people who like our band are like that too. They like music and we play music.”

The band released their eighth studio album “In Our Wake” this past Friday, October 12th.

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