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"Curse of the Virgin Canvas"- 9/10 Great song that is even better live since Shane sings too. The intro gave me chills the first time I heard it, but it does get annoying after a while. "The Artist" -8.5/10 Awesome intro guitar riff. However, it doesn't stand out much on the album. "A Lunatic's Lament" -10/10 Great song with an amazing hook. Perfect song for people who are just entering this genre. The interlude/outro is nice as well. "The Murderer" - 9/10 This isn't my favorite song on the album, yet I've played it more times than any other song on here. There's just something about it... "Hymn For the Shameless" -8.75/10 Great song with a slow chorus that blends well with the fast verses somehow. But, like The Artist, it doesn't stand out. "The Thespian" -9.5/10 I usually don't agree with popular opinion, but this song is amazing. One of the most unique intros ever. Great choice of song to make a music video also. "Interlude 3" -7/10 I cannot give this a much higher rating since it is just an interlude. Considering this album is only 13 songs long, I wish this space could have been filled with another full song. "Heavy Hangs the Albatross" -7.5/10 Another song with a slow chorus and fast verses, but not as good as the other. This is my least favorite song on the album. "The Lover" -9.5/10 This song is often overlooked but it is amazing. Great pacing in this song. Melissa Milke singing lightly in the background is a nice change as well. Dennis is used just enough in this song. "In Her Tomb by the Sounding Sea" -7.75/10 First of all, I'm so glad they used a line from Edgar Allen Poe's poem as the title. The Emptiness is so different from 'Annabel Lee' that you sometimes forget that it's lightly based on it. But as for the song, This song and Heavy Hangs the Albatross both are examples of where the energy is lost in the Emptiness. The first 6 songs on this album are amazing. After that, there are only a few that stand out. This song could be amazing, but it just doesn't live up to the Alesana name. "To Be Scared by an Owl" -11/10 I mentioned that there are only a few songs after the Thespian that stand out. This is one of them. The best song on the album. The intro doesn't mess around, it jumps right into the action. The chorus is beautiful. 'You know, I used to search the sky and dream of where you were.' That's something a lot of people can relate to. The breakdown ('Shut your mouth and finish what you started...') is one of the best but shortest on the CD. Some people may not appreciate Shawn offering suicide in the chorus, but understand that this album is a story with a mentally unstable protagonist. The band is not advocating suicide. The mini interlude and the ensuing breakdown are both phenomenal. If you only want to buy one song on the album, I suggest this or A Lunatic's Lament (They are both amazing and sound kind of similar). "Interlude 4" -7.75/10 Interludes 3 and 4 are both boring compared to the dialogue found in Curse of the Virgin Canvas and A Lunatic's Lament (1 and 2), but Interlude 4 is deffinetly the third best. Melissa Milke sounds great and creepy at the very end. "Annabel" -9.5/10 This song, which switches from The Artist's perspective to Annabel's is a great ending to a great album. It is a little too long, in my opinion, but every band needs a 7 minute song at some point. The one problem I have with this song is that the ending of the story is hard to understand in this one. AP did an article online about what each song means in the story, and the surprise ending isn't very clear in the song. I suggest you go find the article to understand this wonderful story. "The Emptiness" -9.5/10 Overall this album is amazing. I heard this album before hearing their old ones so I could be biast, but this is by far their best album. On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax is their second best, but The Emptiness is miles ahead of that one. This album is my favorite album of all time, and I can wait to hear their next story in late 2011 or early 2012...

Alesana<3 <3 <3

I got into Alesana when Frail Wings came out, and I fell in love. Amazing screaming AND clean vox. Ridiculous guitar, drums, and it all pulls through live as well. I saw them in February with Escape the Fate, Motionless in White, and Get Scared and they were fantastic. I also met Shaun in the venue later, and he was incredibly sweet! The song 'The Thespian' played live was amazing, but my favorite song off this album has to be Hymn for the Shameless. So powerful!! Also, if you're into Edgar Allen Poe, the song Annabel is based off one of his poems. I love this band and now that the album is just $7.99 this month, everyone should own it!! Enjoy :]


Alesana have become an amazing band (: I love listening to their music and this album was great (: i have it on repeat (:


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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