Vocalist Alex Varkatzas has left Atreyu, the band have confirmed.
The metalcore band announced his departure in a statement on Wednesday (September 30), following rumors that Varkatzas was leaving to pursue other projects, as AltPress reported in August.
“We have been a band for over 20 years now,” Atreyu’s statement began. “Lived our dreams together as friends and as brothers. We traveled the world doing what we love, and have been fortunate enough to play music for such an incredible fan base that provides us with the opportunity to share our greatest moments with them.”
It continued, “Now a time of change has come for all of us. Alex Varkatzas is sailing off on a ship of his own, and will part ways with Atreyu. He will not disappear, and neither will Atreyu. There’s nothing but love and respect for each other, and we can’t wait to see what he will come up with next. Stay tuned for his upcoming projects and we all wish him success and fulfillment with all his future endeavors.
“Atreyu’s next adventure is among us. We love you, we’ll see you shortly.”
Varkatzas confirmed he was moving on from Atreyu in an official statement of his own, also sharing a video in which he thanked fans for the support over the years.
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Official statement -“After 20 rewarding years of creating music with Atreyu, the band and I are parting ways. I am forever thankful for the memories, experiences, and friendships made along the way. Thank you to all of the friends and fans. I have lots of new music and art to share with you in the future. With love and respect.”
Varkatzas had been Atreyu’s vocalist from its inception, when it was still a punk band named Retribution. The band renamed itself Atreyu in 1998, and released their debut EP Visions that same year. Varkatzas made seven full-length albums with the band. In 2011, while Atreyu were on hiatus, he started a side project with Brendan Schieppati of Bleeding Through called I Am War.
Revisit Varkatzas’ last album with Atreyu, 2018’s In Our Wake: