Thursday, May 3rd 2012
In 2008, guitarist Ryan Glisan teamed up for a project with classically trained guitar player Greg Burgess, vocalist Ezra Haynes and bassist Corey Archuleta. The group settled on the name Allegaeon and they quickly became the kings of the Colorado heavy metal scene. In 2010, the group released their first full length record Fragments of Form and Function. The album was a breath of fresh air mixing the best elements of Sci-Fi flavored prog rock and technical death metal together all while finding a way to be highly melodic and dare we say catchy as fuck. The album covered such topics as aliens and time travel, while featuring a healthy serving of blast beats and completely original and highly complex guitar solos.
On May 8th, 2012 Allegaeon will return with their second full length record Formshifter. Based off of the few tracks that have found their way onto the internet, it is obvious that the groups latest effort will leave Fragments of Form and Function behind in the dust. The groves are tighter, the vocals have a bit more grit and the solos feel as if they are from a galaxy that is yet to be discovered.
Formshifter finds Allegaeon tackling such topics as space, civilization and philosophy. Haynes had the following to say about some of the songs found on the record:
“Lyrically speaking, this record carries more depth to me than the last. The song Twelve is actually a concept I’ve had in mind for roughly five years. It’s about a pairing of serial killers, but instead of going about it in a more typical death metal setting, such as glorifying it; I chose to point out the stupidity and unfairness of the judicial system.
I’ve always wanted to write an anthem-esque type song; something that involves the listeners with present day topics. With “controlled media” as the target I feel A Path Disclosed is a perfect example of that.
Tartessos: The Hidden Xenocryst is definitely one that sticks out to me. I was raised on Edgar Cayce readings and tales of Atlantis. When Greg [Burgess] and I knew we wanted to touch base on an ancient civilization, Atlantis was the logical choice. Hopefully the meaning in the songs will be “found”, if you will.”
You can check the albums lead single Tartessos: The Hidden Xenocryst out down below. Once you pick yourself up from being knocked on your ass, you can head over to Metalsucks and sink your teeth into the 7 minute metal masterpiece Twelve – Vals For The Legions.
To pre-order Formshifter click here.
Formshifter Track Listing:
1. Behold (God I Am)
2. Tartessos: The Hidden Xenocryst
3. A Path Disclosed
4. Iconic Images
5. Twelve – Vals For The Legions
6. The Azrael Trigger
7. From The Stars Death Came
8. Timeline Dissonance
10. Secrets of the Sequence