|E. Alex Varkatzas|
Alex with Atreyu in 2006
|Birth name||Ektor Alex Varkatzas|
|Born||January 17, 1982|
|Origin||Orange County, California|
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.
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, Visions. After their 2001 EP, Fractures in the Facade of Your Porcelain Beauty, fell into the hands of Victory Records, the band signed to Victory and released their debut album, Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses in 2002. Since then, the band has released other four albums: The Curse in 2004, A Death-Grip on Yesterday in 2006, Lead Sails Paper Anchor in 2007, and Congregation of the Damned in 2009. After 10 years of worldwide success, the band went on hiatus.
On July 1, 2014, the band officially announced their return from Hiatus by playing several festivals including Aftershock and Slipknot's Knotfest. A new single was released on their official YouTube channel titled "So Others May Live" and plans for a new album titled "Long Live" is scheduled for a release in September, 2015.
I Am War
After Atreyu embarked on a 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.
Varkatzas uses a Shure SM58 Beta microphone and a Monster Vocal Cable.
During the early days of Atreyu's tour cycles, Varkatzas became a victim of alcohol which greatly affected his vocals during live performances. Since The Curse, he has edged away from alcohol and drugs and has since found fitness and training to be a more suitable way to relieve stress. He currently runs Hellenic Crossfit and Muay Thai in Orange County, California and practises Muay Thai, Boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He wrote about a lot of his drinking problems on A Death-Grip On Yesterday, which was the lyrical inspiration behind songs such as "Ex's and Oh's" and "The Theft".