Alesana
A Place Where The Sun Is Silent


3.0
good

Review

by Drubbi USER (11 Reviews)
November 5th, 2013 | 11 replies | 639 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alesana pick up their game, but still have to build on what they have.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

When ‘The Emptiness’ was released in early 2010, it showed promise. Alesana had moved away from their old, outdated sound found on ‘Where Myth Fades To Legend’ and crafted a decent all-round album that proved they could write great music (see: ‘Annabel’), but was ultimately let down by nothing truly standing out. After some touring, and a break to rest up, they went into the studio in early 2011, showcased a few singles, and released ‘A Place Where The Sun Is Silent’ in October 2011. Is it the advancement many wanted, or a step in the wrong direction?

The answer is simple; yes, Alesana have changed up their style, and crafted a truly different album. What holds it down, however, is it’s reduction of screams and it’s inability to provide an album that is great all-round.

As you are welcomed with the intro song ‘The Dark Wood Of Error’, many would have immediately written it off as just like their previous album, just with more spoken word parts (now in Latin!). However, after sitting through Shawn and his sister singing a mini duet whilst this is happening, the listener is introduced to ‘A Forbidden Dance’, and the immediate realisation is this; Alesana have not only changed up their sound, but have increased the production value. Guitars soar all across the album, and many of the riffs and melodies are very memorable, minus a few songs.

Although the guitars have been ramped up, the bass, sadly, has not. The bass is usually lost within the guitars, screaming, singing and drums. Whilst talking about drums, the drumming ability of Jeremy is truly shown here, with him being able to show off his skill with the sticks on more than a few occasions. The drums are never the focus (with that being taken by the guitars) but shine through enough to grab the listener’s attention.

Dennis has less of an impact here; with Shawn taking more of an important roll. This isn’t a bad thing however. Shawn, although never regarded as the greatest singer, shows off his singing capabilities, wowing the listener on more than a few occasions. Gladly, there is no ‘You said this would be forever!’ scream from him, but he does scream a couple of times.

The further you get into the record however, the more it drags on. The album clocks in at just over an hour, and although the hour allows Alesana to get through the inspiration for the album (the poem The Inferno by Dante Alighieri), it leaves the listener fatigued when it’s finally over, and although a few standout tracks (Circle VII, The Fiend, The Temptress) keep the listener intrigued, they may give up on the album for staying well past it’s time.

Although Alesana have again refused to craft an all-round album, the places where they have paid the most attention to stand out, and give the listener an overall enjoyable experience. Some parts of the album feel weak, and the album does have a long run time, but Alesana have still made an album that will please old fans well garnering new ones.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Drubbi
November 4th 2013



38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I liked this album a lot, because Alesana were one of my first bands that got me into 'this kind' of music. But looking back, I do see what's wrong with it. Good to finally write a couple good reviews though.

Cormano
November 4th 2013



935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

spanish? are you deaf? that's latin dude

Drubbi
November 4th 2013



38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry man, don't really know my languages lol. I'll fix that.

silentstar
November 4th 2013



2243 Comments


this album was really catchy from what I can remember

Drubbi
November 4th 2013



38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I was jamming it again the other day and forgot how much I personally loved it.

Cormano
November 4th 2013



935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah it could have been shortened 2 or 3 songs

spartanawasp
November 5th 2013



303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Temptress? That was the worst song if you ask me

ericu03
November 5th 2013



161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice album, the length though. Circle VII and The Temptress are quite the tracks.

Hopelust
November 5th 2013



948 Comments


Cool album name. I was never really into these guys but this sounds like a step in the right direction for them.

NapalmCrusader
November 5th 2013



1737 Comments


Sorry, never enjoyed this band. Even in my high school years I always found them chessy and
melodramatic

spartanawasp
November 5th 2013



303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lullaby of the Crucified and Welcome to the Vanity Faire for me



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