Alesana
Decade


3.0
good

Review

by leviegalapon USER (5 Reviews)
April 5th, 2014 | 11 replies


Release Date: 04/01/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A final look back...

This year marks Alesana's ten year anniversary. In a way, the Decade EP is a way for the band to celebrate their accomplishments so far. From their first EP to their latest LP, Alesana's sound, has remained fairly unchanged. The Decade EP does little to change or add to Alesana's formula. It's not necessarily bad, since, their tried and true formula develops consistency. And for the most part, Alesana's consistency lies in their ability to create infectious melodies interwoven with aggressive musicianship.

Throughout the Decade EP, Alesana sticks mainly in their comfort zone. This can be seen throughout the album, as the barely break out of the verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus formula. On, Deja Vu All Over Again, there is a fairly metallic solo thrown in to showcase some of Pat's guitar prowess. In a way, this is one of the first times Alesana attempted to add an extended solo to their songs.

As this is a celebration of their 10 year anniversary as a band, it is expected that they would draw influences from their older albums. But, it could be heard that they mostly take their influences from The Emptiness. This could be seen in the first two songs, with Praeludium acting as an atmospheric introduction to Double or Nothing. However, on Almost Famous, influences of On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax could be heard. This is because of its simplified song structure and modest use of leads.

In terms of aggressiveness, Alesana brings back more screamed vocals. These were for the most part absent from A Place Where the Sun is Silent. Ravenous, in particular, is possibly the most aggressive song in Alesana's discography since The Murderer or Red and Dying Evening. Unfortunately, Ravenous, may also be the weakest song on the album next to Praeludium. This is because the bridge draws the song out way too long without adding to the overall song.

With the release of the Fatima Rusalka single, which features fairly ambitious songwriting, it is hard to see the upcoming LP with simplified aggressive pop punk. With this in mind, the Decade EP could be seen as a final look back on Alesana's earlier simplistic song writing.


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Evreaia
April 5th 2014


5040 Comments


This was kinda boring compared to that latest single.

Good review.

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xAshtrayux
April 5th 2014


212 Comments


I forgot that this shit exists.

PorcelainRain
April 5th 2014


536 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Seeing this band perform in 2005/2006 I feel like they haven't evolved in anyway that I can enjoy, and they once did have a few songs I do actually enjoy.

Evreaia
April 5th 2014


5040 Comments


the emptiness was cool though

OwMySnauze
April 5th 2014


1858 Comments


Dug their first full length when it came out but now the vocals are just annoying and I can't even listen to it anymore. Havent checked out anything else from this band.

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PorcelainRain
April 5th 2014


536 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

There are too many cool moments that are fleeting, lasting for five or ten seconds and they don't really take advantage and flesh out ideas.

trackbytrackreviews
April 10th 2014


3369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A Place Where the Sun is Silent is their best

Hospital
April 15th 2014


2102 Comments


I enjoyed listening to this, haven't said that about an alesana album since my freshmen year when I discovered on frail wings! cheers!

killth3p00r
April 30th 2014


88 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

a good EP nonetheless

Alias
February 4th 2015


403 Comments


this is good enough.

their singer sounds like motion city soundtrack which is humorous.

what would their best songs be off any album. thinking of trying to get into these guys. gimme a few if you can. preferably the heaviest/catchiest

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 26th 2015


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Having reached a decade of existence, Raleigh formed post-hardcore act Alesana celebrate with the release of 'The Decade EP'. Taking a break from their "Annabel" trilogy, the sextet don't necessarly flip the script here, instead attempting to integrate characteristics from all stages of their career. The end result is fairly successful in reaching that objective, although the usual clash of brutality & catchiness never truly captivates. It's all still too chaotic for its own good & Dennis Lee's screaming is still very much an aquired taste. Recommended Tracks: Ravenous, Deja Vu All Over Again & Praeludium.





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