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A Place Where the Sun Is Silent (Deluxe Edition)

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Album Review

A year after a concept album based on Edgar Allan Poe’s "Annabel Lee" titled Emptiness, Alesana released a second concept record based on a classic poem. A Place Where the Sun Is Silent finds the North Carolina screamo group turning to the first part of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, "Inferno," for inspiration. The band’s dramatic first Epitaph release tracks the protagonist's decent to Hell, and matches the weighty theme with the scorching riffs, soaring melodies, and heavy breakdowns that traditionally make up Alesana’s slick, fiery style. Wide arrangements (horns, string sections, and a children’s choir) and a long running time of 62 minutes make it feel highly ambitious, yet it’s much like the last couple outings musically, with Shawn Milke and Dennis Lee centering it all, trading curdling screams and wispy vocal hooks. All in all, they seem invigorated by the subject matter, and deliver a nice take on the material.

Biography

Formed: October, 2004 in Raleigh, NC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Beginning in Baltimore and solidifying its lineup in Raleigh, NC, Alesana formed in October 2004 around guitarist/vocalist Shawn Milke, guitarist Patrick Thompson, vocalist Dennis Lee, bassist Steven Tomany, and drummer Daniel Magnuson. Their blend of post-hardcore and metal with pop hooks and earnest lyrics quickly turned Alesana into a fixture in their hometown scene, and they became the first signing to local indie Tragic Hero Records, releasing their debut EP, Try This with Your Eyes Closed,...
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  • €12.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: 14 October 2011

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