There is no denying that Alesana’s energetic live performances and out-of-the-box lyrical style have led them to where they are today. Emerging in the music field in 2004, this American rock band has everything it takes to make it big as musicians. In a field where almost every budding talent takes at least a few years time to know the key to success Alesana made an exception through the release of their debut album, On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax, which catapulted them to superstardom. The album raked in a highly positive critical and commercial response charting at number forty-four on the US Top Heatseekers. Also, receiving 4/5 stars from P&H Magazine. The album spawned the hits “Apology”, “Congratulations I Hate You” and “Ambrosia”. Belonging to Raleigh, North Carolina, the band caters to a wide fan base as it offers a vast array of genres such as metalcore, emo, post-hardcore, and scream. Buy Alesana tickets to enjoy an intense performance by a band that has risen to fame because of their live shows.
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It is hard to categorize Alesana as the rockers excel at a wide variety of musical styles. Thus the members refer to themselves as “pop-metal” and “sweetcore”. However, none of that makes a difference as it all comes down to entertaining the rock fans which they do to the fullest. Just like the vocalist/guitarist Shawn Milke says “we’re all about dynamics, both musically and vocally”. Moreover, the quirky lyrical content is another reason behind their growing popularity and a fanatically wide fan following. Since Shawn Milke and Dennis Lee do the songwriting, every story is told from two different dimensions, making the songs complex yet intriguing at the same time. The song “Ambrosia” says it all. Owing to their skyrocketing popularity, Alesana has had an opportunity to share the stage with bands like The Bled, Asking Alexandria, From the First to Last, Memphis May Fire, The Word Alive, Enter Shikari, Broadway, Madina Lake and many more.
Up till now the band has unleashed four studio albums; On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax, Where Myth Fades to Legend, The Emptiness and A Place where the Sun is Silent which came out in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011 respectively. The debut album took its inspiration from the Greek myth Icarus and generated songs like “Icuras”, “Pathetic Ordinary”, “Alchemy Sounded Good at the Time”, “Nero’s Decay”, “Third Temptation of Paris” etc. The second album hit the US Billboard 200 at number ninety-six, US Billboard Hard Rock Albums at thirteen while entering the US Independent Albums at number eleven. This album revolved around The Brothers Grimm stories except for two songs; “As You Wish” and “This Is Usually the Part Where People Scream”, inspired by The Princess Bride and Heroes. “Obsession is such an Ugly Word”, “And They Call This Tragedy”, “Red and Dying Evening”, “Endings without Stories” are among other songs from the album.
Just like previous songs, every song in the third release, The Emptiness, depicted a story but this time around Alesana dug in a little deeper paving way for their first concept-based album hence getting rave reviews and high ratings from the critics while amassing an equally positive response from their fans. Rock Sound and Under the Gun Review, both gave the album a 7/10. It found a spot on US Billboard 200 and US Independent Albums at number sixty-eight and eleven. It also turned out to be the band’s bestselling album. The band made some alterations in terms of music and conceptualization. This album focused more on the guitar solos and as far as the concept goes, the songwriters came up with a horror theme which was reflective of Edgar Allen Poe’s famous works such as The Tell-Tale Heart, Annabel Lee, and The Cask of Amontillado, also, drawing inspiration from Stephen King, David Lynch and Friday the Thirteenth. Some of the songs from the album are; “To Be Scared by an Owl”, “Annabel”, “In Her Tomb by the Sounding Sea”, “The Lover”, “The Thespian”, “Curse of the Virgin Canvas”. The fourth album was another benchmark of quality producing hits like “A Gilded Masquerade”, “A Forbidden Dance”, “Lullaby of the Crucified” etc. This release brought into light the poem The Inferno by Dante Alighieri. Purchase cheap Alesana tickets for an epic performance showcasing powerful vocals backed by concept-driven songs.
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