Orange County's Atreyu takes its name from a character in the 1984 fantasy movie "The Neverending Story." This sophomore album establishes the band as one of a handful of young turks emerging at the f

Orange County's Atreyu takes its name from a character in the 1984 fantasy movie "The Neverending Story." This sophomore album establishes the band as one of a handful of young turks emerging at the forefront of heavy music. Atreyu borrows elements of hardcore, the two-guitar attack of British heavy metal and the screamed/ sung dynamic of emo. While slightly lacking in originality, the band's musical hybrid spotlights musicianship and energy. Vocalist Alex Varkatzas' screams can fuel a mosh pit, and drummer Brandon Saller's vocals give Atreyu a shot of melody, with the blend best-demonstrated on "Right Side of the Bed," "Bleeding Mascara" and "The Crimson." The band's 2002 debut, "Suicide Notes & Butterfly Kisses," has sold more than 100,000 copies. With the act on this summer's Ozzfest tour, "The Curse" should easily surpass that figure.—BT