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A Collection Of Skulls With BRANDON SALLER From ATREYU

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**Apologies in advance, the audio gets a little scratchy going in and out of reception**

Atreyu, where do I start here?

I assume everyone loves them as much as I do, but for those of you who aren’t familiar with these legends they’ve been around fast approaching 30 years and have well and truly carved their spot in the metalcore space. In 2023 alone, they released two Eps and a full-length album, which is where vocalist Brandon Saller and I started the chat. Releasing that much music in a short amount of time appeases the modern consumer who is waiting for the next best thing to grab their attention.

I wanted to find out what their album The Beautiful Dark of Life meant to Brandon, and it turned out to be a career-changing album. Not only did it change the way the band writes together, but it changed the way they communicate and share what’s going on in their lives. You need to remember that it’s only just becoming socially acceptable for men to express their feelings on any level, and I’m grateful to see a band on Atreyu’s level leading the way. “We are just people. You guys can do this shit too”.

When talking about turning 30 as a band, I wondered what advice Brandon had received or wished he had received. Funnily enough, he replied by saying no one really took them under their wing and had more of a “Na, na fuck you guys” attitude about them. The most important takeaway was to love what you do. When you stop loving what you do, the magic stops.

There are so many killer albums from these guys and I needed to know what era Brandon would travel back to experience and all over again. #1 – The Curse (2004). The reason being he wanted to go back to the start to experience that ‘first time feeling’ all over again… have a bird’s eye view of that era.

#2 – Lead Sails Paper Anchor (2007), my personal favourite! This album was polarising in how it was received, “Half of our fans wanted to murder us and half were on board”. It was also a major turning point in Saller’s career, feeling he was put on a pedestal for this album and had a big creative reach.

In 2008 Atreyu/Avenged Sevenfold/Bullet for My Valentine had a massive Australian tour and by all accounts it was an absolute madhouse. I needed to hear the scoop from the horse’s mouth, and all the carnage and mayhem you would imagine going down did exactly that. From Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan singing opera at 7am in the morning to the ‘Terrible Twins’ Johnny Christ and Jimmy (Avenged Sevenfold) redecorating hotel rooms, there are some hilarious stories. You will just have to listen for all the details.

There is a lot we cover in this interview that any Atreyu fan will enjoy. He was an absolute trooper to talk to. Words from Brandon himself, Australia is their favourite place to tour, so get your asses to one of their shows and make sure they continue to come back for years to come!

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