Monday, April 5, 2010

Alesana - The Emptiness

I just got a chance to listen to this album for the first time this week and must admit I was enthralled. Other than Green Day there haven't been very many bands giving the concept album idea a go lately. The execution of this album is absolutely flawless. It is worth heading out to a store (Target's got it for $7.99 right now) to find this for the artwork alone. The spoken word interludes were a really fascinating touch lending itself to the poetic nature of this project. Yes, I said poetic in relationship to what is generally termed a screamo band, though even that definition has begun to morph a bit on this record with an increased focus on Shawn Milke's vocals. There's still plenty of screaming/growling from Dennis Lee, but he's even leaning a bit more towards singing in parts these days. Could it be that they've seen that a little molding could make a basically good product even better and more marketable? Seems like a real possibility as they seem pointed towards escaping the screamo ghetto towards a more accessible sound. Don't get me wrong, this isn't shiny happy pop music. This is extremely dark, brooding, and a bit scary, but it is also a bit more grown up and a bit more technically well made than their previous releases. This is a band that is growing and evolving, and I for one am very interested to see where they will go next.
P.S. This band is extremely good live, so if you haven't yet had the opportunity to catch them,  seek them out this summer on Warped Tour(or if you're in Europe they are on tour now).

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