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Alesana
Where Myth Fades To Legend
Fearless Records
www.alesana.com


Alesana built a name for themselves as nu-metal bearers on their debut album On Frail Wings Of Vanity And Wax in 2007. The band's second offering Where Myth Fades To Legend finds Alesana going all out in the name of hardcore/power punk blends. Produced by Steve Evetts and Alesana, the album breaks sound barriers with blustery chord rotations produced by guitarists Shawn Milke, Adam Ferguson, and Patrick Thompson. The magnified beats of bassist Shane Crump and drummer Jeremy Bryan along with the clenching vocals of singer Dennis Lee supply bales of melodic and screamo vocals mowing through intervals of bone-crushing tension showing that Alesana have moved deeper into experiencing metal's glory.

Alesana's music has the biceps of Killswitch Engage and the taut strands of Mudvayne. Songs like "This Is Usually The Part Where People Scream" and "A Most Profound Quiet" stretch out the band's hardcore muscles, while numbers like "And They Call This Tragedy" and "Sweetheart, You Are Sadly Mistaken" are flask in layers of modern rock and power punk shadows with an overcast of melodic tones. The songs have a thick hard crust that seems impregnable, but the softness of the piano aria "As You Wish" features Lee's melodic voicing and Melissa Milke on harmony vocals for a deeply sensitive moment on the album. The lyrics vow, "Life is meaningless without you / Love can be such a beautiful torture / My heart breaks as I long for you / Love can be such lovely torture / I will climb the hills, draw my sword and take down / Anyone who tries to stand in front of me / Please know I'll never run away / Without you in my arms."

Alesana's album isn't for everyone, but it delivers hardcore and metal in its most glorious forms with razor-sharp cuts and massive blusters. The music goes in deep where pain thrives. There aren't many moments in the album that soothe away the scars, but there are plenty of moments when those scars have a monolithic presence that refuses to be suppressed. It's an album for those with an iron stomach and a hard shell to withstand the heat.

-Susan Frances

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