Longtime vocalist and founding member of the first-ever metalcore band Atreyu, Alex Varkatzas, has reportedly left the band after over 20 years and countless shows as one of metalcore’s most commercially successful acts.
While neither the band nor Alex himself has spoken up about it just yet, Lambgoat confirmed the news earlier this morning, saying:
Alex Varkatzas, co-founder and vocalist of California metalcore/alternative metal outfit Atreyu, has exited the group. While no official announcement has been made, Lambgoat can now confirm the news. Drummer and co-vocalist Brandon Saller will presumably handle vocals going forward, though time will tell.
It should be noted that Alex recently welcomed a baby girl into his family, which might reasonably be part of the reported departure. The band was recently in the studio recording with Mark Hoppus, which does make the likely timing of this strange.
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World! Meet Sophia Jean Varkatzas. My darling girl. Life has ruthlessly been taking from me lately . 2019thru2020 has done its best to destroy me. Testing me to my mental limits. The horrible , fake people and things that have exited my life this year have been replaced by something so pure and sweet. It feels like a new start. It’s all possible because @hollie_varkatzas is a superstar. I know one or two people who make some pretty lame/tacky/transparent wife appreciation posts trying to sell an altered version of the truth. It has always seemed so forced it turned me off to it. Years ago my man @josemangin explained it to me in a way that made sense(thanks man). So let me tell you hollie is the real deal. In world full of fake and insincere she is true and steadfast. I love her. Our children are so lucky to have her as the QB . I’m just the running back. (Well i don’t even watch football so?) have a great day. Be true and sincere and follow your heart . I love my family.