Formed in the burgeoning O.C. metalcore scene in 1998, Atreyu plays fast and furious hardcore with occasional stinging leads, gurgling vocals and extremely melodic choruses. Releasing the bulk of their content on local indie Victory Records, the band caught breaks in the early 2000s with slots on the Vans Warped Tour and getting a song featured on the soundtrack to the vampire-babe vehicle Underworld Evolution. With a dark, practically goth aesthetic, the band seemed poised for an eventual major label signing like other SoCal kids Avenged Sevenfold and Halifax and were snatched up by Hollywood Records in 2007. Atreyu took their moniker from the protagonist of the film "Neverending Story."