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Allegaeon - "A Path Disclosed"
Allegaeon (pronounced: uh-lee-juhn) was formed in 2008 by founding member and guitar player Ryan Glisan. Soon thereafter joined the classically trained guitarist Greg Burgess, vocalist Ezra Haynes and bassist Corey Archuleta to round out and form what people have come to know now as the Colorado Kings of Melodic Metal. In 2008, Allegaeon released their 4 song, self-titled EP and quickly gained attention from the local, national and international metal fans as well as Metal Blade records. In 2009, barely a year after releasing their first EP to the world, Allegaeon agreed to a deal with Metal Blade Records and thus began their relationship and Allegaeon's entry into the ever expanding metal community.
Lyrics, an oft over-looked facet of death metal is one the more interesting aspects of Allegaeon. The band crafts their prose with a bit of a different mindset - often touching on space, civilization and philosophy. Vocalist Ezra Haynes elaborates: "Lyrically speaking, this record carries more depth to me than the last. The song Twelve is actually a concept I've had in mind for roughly five years. It's about a pairing of serial killers, but instead of going about it in a more typical death metal setting, such as glorifying it; I chose to point out the stupidity and unfairness of the judicial system. I've always wanted to write an anthem-esque type song; something that involves the listeners with present day topics. With 'controlled media' as the target I feel A Path Disclosed is a perfect example of that. Tartessos: The Hidden Xenocryst is definitely one that sticks out to me. I was raised on Edgar Cayce readings and tales of Atlantis. When Greg [Burgess] and I knew we wanted to touch base on an ancient civilization, Atlantis was the logical choice. Hopefully the meaning in the songs will be 'found', if you will."
Allegaeon's second full-length album, Formshifter, has significantly out-performed its predecessor and debuted at #29 on the Billboard New Artist Chart and #99 on the Top Hard Music Albums! This is a huge achievement for the band as they continue to carve out their rightful place within the metal community. Formshifter has been incredibly well received by press worldwide; the UK's Kerrang Magazine raves in a 4/5 review: "It's not just the magnificently blended barrage of monstrous riffs and insidious hooks. Nor is it solely due to the fact it sounds like the quartet are trying to bring the sky crashing down on your head. And it's not just the wealth of complex leads that will make many guitarists petulantly sulk in the corner after a single exposure. It's all of those elements – combined with great songwriting that makes the record truly special."
"The new face of ruthless modern death metal." - Metal Hammer Magazine
"A great band deserving of way more attention" - MetalSucks.net
"Formshifter is a bewilderingly powerful album that is an essential of the year." - NoCleanSinging.com
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