ATREYU haben den Nachfolger ihres 2007-er Albums "Lead Sails Paper Anchor" fertiggestellt und veröffentlichen den neuen Longplayer "Congregation Of The Damned" voraussichtlich am 23. Oktober bei Roadrunner Records. Produziert wurde das Album von Bob Marlette (Airbourne, Ozzy Osbourne) und anschließend wurde es von Rich Costy (Mars Volta, System Of A Down, Rage Against The Machine) gemixt.
"I wrote the line ‘congregation of the damned' for one of the songs on the album and it got me thinking," sagt Sänger Alex Varkatzas "It kind of feels like in a lot of ways that we, as members of a society, are just gathering around and collectively getting fucked over. When you look at what's going on in our economy and how other people treat each other, it's kind of like we're all just lemmings. We're lined up blankly staring blindly at nothing and just going along with the flow like a congregation of the damned. So this record really reflects my thoughts and feelings about that in every possible way."
Die Band startete mit dem Songwriting im vergangenen Januar. Als sie schließlich die Henson Studios in Los Angeles mit Produzent Bob Marlette enternten, hatten sie satte 25 neue Songs mit im Gepäck.
"I think this is the longest our band has ever had laser-like focus on an album," so Varkatzas. "We were all working together really well and we had a great time in the studio with Bob, who we called BeelzeBob. He's this jovial cigar-smoking, goatee-sporting dude from Nebraska, and he really helped us fine tune the material and nail our best performances."
Mit "Wait For You" haben ATREYU auch eine amtliche Pianoballade in der Tracklist.
"That one's just a beautiful song, and if you don't like it, you don't have a heart," stellt Varkatzas klar. "I'd say that this album is a mix of everything we've ever done. For every song that's more melodic or rock-driven there's a total shitkicker, and I think that's what makes us a well-rounded band."