Friday, January 22, 2010

Thumbs Up Michy!: Alesana - "The Emptiness"

Mythology of different cultures has been the inspiration for screamo band, Alesana. With past albums, "Where Myth Fades to Legend" and "On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax," the references of mythology and Greek Gods is apparent.

To be released on Jan 26, Alesana's new and perhaps most creative album gives off an ancient, yet mysterious mood.

Not only is it their best album yet with a harmonizing vocal range of clean singing and screaming, mixed with technical guitar riffs and pounding drums... it is also unique.

By reading through lyrics and looking at the sketches on Alesana's MySpace that were foreshadowing "The Emptiness," the mysterious background story seems to be about a romanticized murder of a girl named Annabel. The album reads like a book, with spoken words being recited before or after songs. I can only assume that this mysterious voice is from Annabel's lover.

Aside from the album's new and improved elements, Alesana's sound has also differed from their usual drum exploding breakdowns and intense screams. The album is more "poppy" sounding, reminding me of All Time Low A Skylit Drive, which has a more alternative rock sound rather than metalcore riffs. However, the album isn't completely "pop-rock" since the beat is mixed in with some shredding choruses. Shawn Milke's clean vocals dominate the album in harmony, making it sound melodic alongside Dennis Lee's technical screams.

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