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Ektor Alex Varkatzas (born January 17, 1982) is the main vocalist for the metalcore band Atreyu. He performs all the screaming found in the band's music, but has been doing a lot more melodic singing since the bands latest two albums, Lead Sails Paper Anchor and Congregation of the Damned. He is responsible for writing a vast majority of the band's lyrics. In 2011, following the band's hiatus, Varkatzas also started a hardcore project with Bleeding Through vocalist, Brandan Schieppati, named I Am War. [1 ]
At 14, Varkatzas, along with guitarist Dan Jacobs and drummer
Brandon Saller, formed a punk band called Retribution. By 1998, when Varkatzas was 16, Retribution developed a heavier style and changed names to Atreyu, as seen on their 1998 independent release, . After their 2001 EP, Visions , fell into the hands of Fractures in the Facade of Your Porcelain Beauty Victory Records, the band signed to Victory and released their debut album, in 2002. Since then, the band has released other four albums: Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses in 2004, The Curse in 2006, A Death-Grip on Yesterday in 2007, and Lead Sails Paper Anchor in 2009. After 10 years of worldwide success, the band went on hiatus. Congregation of the Damned
I Am War [ edit ]
After Atreyu embarked on hiatus in 2011, Varkatzas started a hardcore project named I Am War with
Brandan Schieppati of Bleeding Through. The band released an album entitled Outlive You All in 2012.
Equipment [ edit ]
Varkatzas uses a Shure SM58 Beta microphone and a Monster Vocal Cable.
Physical health [ edit ]
During the early days of Atreyu's tour cycles, Varkatzas became a victim of
alcohol which greatly affected his vocals during live performances. Since , he has edged away from alcohol and drugs and has since found The Curse fitness and training to be a more suitable way to relieve stress. He currently runs Hellenic Crossfit and Muay Thai in Orange County, California. He wrote about a lot of his drinking problems on , which was the lyrical inspiration behind songs such as " A Death-Grip On Yesterday Ex's and Oh's" and " The Theft".
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