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In 1998, Atreyu released an independent 7-track EP titled Visions. The album was sold at their live performances. Their second release, Fractures in the Facade of Your Porcelain Beauty was a short 5-track EP released by underground label Tribunal Records and featured tracks that would be re-worked in later releases. Atreyu signed with Victory Records in 2001, and their most critically acclaimed works would be to come from these releases.
2001-2006: Signing to Victory Records
In 2001, Atreyu signed with Victory Records, who were famous for signing young, upstart emocore and metalcore bands and making them successful, later releasing in 2002 their first full-length album Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses. The band also introduced another singer, Brandon Saller, the drummer, who would become more prolific in their later releases, but in this album, his parts were most confined to choruses, and only in certain songs at that. Atreyu's second album, The Curse, was released in 2004, selling 300,000 copies. Atreyu was then featured on the soundtrack to the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith with a cover of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name".
In 2006, Atreyu released their third full-length LP, entitled A Death-Grip on Yesterday that helped further Atreyu's move towards the mainstream, with the hits "Ex's and Oh's" and "The Theft". The album was said to balance of Brandon Saller's melodic singing vocals and Varkatzas's aggressive screaming. The album was met with positive reviews though, as IGN called the album "A brief but potent hissy fit."
2007-present: Signing to Hollywood Records
In early 2007, Atreyu signed a record deal with Hollywood Records for America and Roadrunner Records for the rest of the world, and began to prepare their next album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor. In early 2007, Atreyu released a jigsaw puzzle of sorts on their website, as the goal was to put all the audio clips of their new single, Becoming the Bull into correct order, forming the whole song. The album features very little of Atreyu's trademark screaming, in favor for more melodic singing and less heavy vocals. The American release of the album had a bonus track, a cover of the song "Epic" by Faith No More, while the European and Australian bonus track was a cover of "Clean Sheets" by The Descendants. They will play at the United States and Canadian 2008 Taste of Chaos along side bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine and Fear Of Infection.