Atreyu is a five-piece metalcore band from Orange County, California, United States that formed in 1998 and went on hiatus in 2011. They have since reformed in 2014 with preparations for a new album and resumed touring. The band consists of vocalist Alex Varkatzas, guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel, bassist Marc McKnight and drummer and vocalist Brandon Saller. The band was originally named “Retribution” but, when they found out that another band from Hemet, California had been using the name, they changed their name to Atreyu,” after the character from the fantasy movie The Neverending Story (by Michael Ende) .
Atreyu formed in sunny, bright Orange County, California back in 1998, originally under the name Retribution, but then changed their name to Atreyu, a fictional character from The Neverending Story because the band members at that time deemed the name more fitting to the band, and the fact that a band from Hemet, California had already taken the name.
Atreyu’s independent EP release, Visions was released somewhere between 1998 and 1999, and was sold at their live performances. Their second release, Fractures in the Facade of Your Porcelain Beauty was a short EP released by underground label Tribunal Records and featured tracks that would be re-worked in later releases. Atreyu signed with Victory Records in 2001, and their most critically acclaimed works would be to come from these releases.