16 Songs, 1 Hour, 1 Minute

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alesana’s fourth studio album opens dramatically with “The Dark Wood of Error,” where spare piano notes, cultish chants, and Latin incantations come together. “The Forbidden Dance” follows the intro with dangerously catchy emo rock, where distorted guitars intertwine with an amazingly arranged horn section. This recording finds Dennis Lee’s clean inflections taking a more prominent role than the scream/singing that shared the spotlight on previous albums. A Place Where the Sun Is Silent also puts cranked guitars on the back burner to successfully implement tastefully arranged string sections and piano parts. “A Gilded Masquerade” is an exquisite standout ballad that contrasts themes of light and darkness, where heavenly harmonies and lush orchestration rub against the grain of guitar distortion and demonic-sounding vocal shredding.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alesana’s fourth studio album opens dramatically with “The Dark Wood of Error,” where spare piano notes, cultish chants, and Latin incantations come together. “The Forbidden Dance” follows the intro with dangerously catchy emo rock, where distorted guitars intertwine with an amazingly arranged horn section. This recording finds Dennis Lee’s clean inflections taking a more prominent role than the scream/singing that shared the spotlight on previous albums. A Place Where the Sun Is Silent also puts cranked guitars on the back burner to successfully implement tastefully arranged string sections and piano parts. “A Gilded Masquerade” is an exquisite standout ballad that contrasts themes of light and darkness, where heavenly harmonies and lush orchestration rub against the grain of guitar distortion and demonic-sounding vocal shredding.

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About Alesana

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, in mid-June 2005. Through word of mouth and Internet promotions, the album sold well online and created a buzz among screamo fans. Beefing up their sound, Alesana eventually added new drummer Jeremy Bryan and third guitarist/vocalist Adam Ferguson in time for their first U.S. tour, even playing a spot at the Cornerstone Festival. The album On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax appeared in summer 2006, and all of this activity ultimately led to a deal with California's Fearless Records by the year's end. The label then reissued On Frail Wings with new artwork and bonus features in March 2007. ~ Corey Apar

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