Contributed by alex101, Posted by Buena Vista Entertainment

Orange County's Atreyu have entered Henson Studios in Los Angeles with producer Bob Marlette to begin work on their follow up to 2007's Lead Sails Paper Anchor. Vocalist Alex Varkatzas had this to say:

We started as a heavy hardcore band and I think we've gotten away from that in recent years. The last record, for example, showcased us as a rock band with heavy parts. With this record, we want to return to our roots while also continuing to move forward. It's about finding the right balance between the two.

The songs definitely have a dark, heavier feel and I think the current climate has a lot to do with that. Personally, I just feel…angry and it's coming out in the music. Failed bailouts, unemployment on the rise, troops still in Iraq -- I watch all this stuff on the news and it carries over to the sessions. It gets me fired up.

The album will be their second for Hollywood Records.