Earlier this week, So Cal metalcore behemoth ATREYU, which recently became active again after a three-year hiatus, announced that they had a big surprise in store for fans on Friday, September 5. Well, the moment has arrived. The band has released the brand new song "So Others May Live" as a free download for fans and supporters. The song is now available here. It can also be streamed below.
Vocalist Alex Varkatzas has this to say about the poignant song: "'So Others May Live' is inspired by one of my best friends, who is ex-military. The things our troops go through to protect us are pretty unreal. Their treatment after leaves a lot to be desired, as well."
He continued, "The song honors them and condemns our government's constant deployment of these brave souls. The people who fight and die for us often come from a certain socio-economic background — the working class. The people making these decisions to send our nation's children to war come from positions of privilege and wealth; their kids aren't the ones getting deployed and they aren't risking their lives every day at work. Yet they order the working class to go 'keep us safe' at the drop of a hat, it feels like. It's bullshit. It's the politicians and the rich of this country waging war to keep the majority pre-occupied, so they can make money and advance their bullshit political agendas. The expense is 'expendable' working class/poor Americans' lives, never the rich."
ATREYU has a sold-out-within-minutes show scheduled for the Chain Reaction in its native Orange County on September 11 and will also take the stage as one of the most anticipated acts appearing at the 2014 edition of annual Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California on September 14. The band will also appear at Knotfest in Southern California on October 25.