Allegaeon

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Allegaeon
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Background information
OriginLarimer County, Colorado, U.S.
GenresMelodic death metal, technical death metal
Years active2008 (2008)–present
LabelsMetal Blade[1]
Websitemetalblade.com/allegaeon/
MembersGreg Burgess
Michael Stancel
Riley McShane
Brandon Park
Brandon Michael
Past membersJordan Belfast
Ryan Glisan
Ezra Haynes
Corey Archuleta

Allegaeon /ˌʌln/[2] is an American extreme metal band from Larimer County, Colorado, formed in 2008. They have released one EP and five studio albums.

History[edit]

Allegaeon was formed in the early summer of 2008. They initially played small shows, at bars and houses in and around Fort Collins. In August 2008 they independently released a self-titled EP. Soon after, they signed with Metal Blade Records. In January 2010, Allegaeon entered the studio to record their debut album Fragments of Form and Function. The album was released on July 20, 2010 through Metal Blade. In January 2012, Allegaeon went to Lambesis Studios in December 2011, in San Diego, California to record their second full-length album Formshifter.[3] Formshifter was released May 8, 2012 through Metal Blade. In 2013, founding guitarist Ryan Glisan collaborated on a project with Tim Lambesis, and left the band shortly thereafter. He was replaced by Michael Stancel.

Their third full-length album, titled Elements of the Infinite, was released June 24, 2014 through Metal Blade. The album has been heavily praised, with Gregory Heaney of allmusic calling it a "creative breakthrough" and praising "the dazzling guitar work" and "epic orchestral flourishes".[4] In 2015, original vocalist Ezra Haynes departed Allegaeon, not citing a specific reason, though it is clear it wasn't because of internal band issues.[5] Riley McShane was immediately selected to take over as vocalist, and has received a positive reaction from the fans.

In September 2016, Allegaeon released Proponent for Sentience, the first album with Riley and what was considered their finest work to date. It has received not only unanimous praise, but has been critically noted as having great importance in modern metal.[6] It features Bjorn Strid of Soilwork on vocals and Benjamin Ellis of Scar Symmetry.

In October 2016, long time bass player Corey Archuleta announced he would be leaving the band at the end of the year to focus on his law career.[7] During this time the band also stated they had incurred a large amount of debt, and were unsure how much longer the band would continue.[8] Because of this financial stress, the band launched a fan club through the Patreon platform and have since been focused on continuing to tour and write their next album.

Also during 2016, Allegaeon shot studio play-through videos for the songs Gray Matter Mechanics and their cover of the Rush song Subdivisions, as well as an official video in California for the song "Of Mind and Matrix".[9]

The band released a cover of Rush's song, "Animate", as a single on January 5, 2018; the cover was recorded during the Proponent for Sentience sessions.[10][11] Allegaeon embarked on their first European tour later that year as a supporting act for Ne Obliviscaris.[12]

In January 2019, Allegaeon announced a release date for their new album, Apoptosis, and released a new music video single for the song "Stellar Tidal Interruption".[13] Apoptosis was released on April 19, 2019 through Metal Blade.

Musical style and lyrical themes[edit]

Allegaeon plays an amalgamation of styles. They are often referred to as technical melodic death metal.[14] They play death metal and incorporate melody and technicality without losing heaviness. They take influence from classical music, progressive metal and thrash metal as well. Lyrically, they deal with scientific themes, exploring things like the theory of evolution and biology, physics, cryonics, dyson spheres, the probability of alien life in the universe, stem cell research,[15][16] and artificial intelligence. Allegaeon is also noted for their technicality - In fact, their earlier work was criticized for being almost too technical, but by the time "Elements of the Infinite" was released, critics noted a near-perfect balance of technicality and catchy songs.[17]

Image[edit]

Allegaeon has developed a playful identity, while remaining serious within their musical realm. Live performances often feature the band mascot "Myles" in a crab outfit, mocking the crabcore trend of the late 2000s. They also post funny, sometimes bordering on offensive memes on Facebook, and some of these have gone viral. The band has numerous inside jokes that are posted, and always maintain a lighthearted aesthetic outside of the music.[18]

Tours[edit]

Allegaeon has toured and played shows with other prominent bands, such as Job for a Cowboy, Darkest Hour and in 2014, they had their most intense touring schedule to date. In August, they embarked on a nationwide tour entitled "The Artery Metal Tour" supporting Chimaira and The Plot in You.[19] Immediately after, in September 2014, Allegaeon played a string of shows directly supporting Arsis on the band's 10th Anniversary Tour. In the spring of 2015 the band toured with The Agonist and Product of Hate, and played SXSW with Norma Jean. Additionally, Allegaeon co-headlined a large tour with Act of Defiance, a metal supergroup featuring members of Megadeth, including guitarist Chris Broderick.[20] In 2016, Allegaeon also played the Ozzfest meets Knotfest festival in San Bernardino, California[21] and the Winter Warriors tour alongside Battlecross and Necromancing the Stone.[22] The band started off 2017 by performing multiple sets on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise festival[23] and followed up with performing the Metal Blade Records' 35th Anniversary tour with Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, and Goatwhore.[24]

Band members[edit]

Timeline

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Year Title Label Chart peaks
US Heat.
[26]
US Hard Rock
[27]
US Rock
[28]
US Indie
[29]
US Sales
[30]
2010 Fragments of Form and Function Metal Blade Records
2012 Formshifter 29
2014 Elements of the Infinite 11 25
2016 Proponent for Sentience 6 11 33 29
2019 Apoptosis 2 6 15 13 66
EPs
Year Title Label
2008 Allegaeon Self-released

Singles[edit]

Year Song Album
2010 "A Cosmic Question" Fragments of Form and Function
2011 "Biomech - Vals No. 666"
2012 "Tartessos: The Hidden Xenocryst" Formshifter
"Behold (God I Am)"
"A Path Disclosed"
2014 "1.618" Elements of the Infinite
"Our Cosmic Casket"
"Threshold of Perception"
2016 "Gray Matter Mechanics" Proponent for Sentience
2016 "Proponent for Sentience III"
2016 "Subdivisions (Rush Cover)"
2018 "Animate (Rush Cover)" Non-album single
2019 "Stellar Tidal Disruption" Apoptosis
"Extremophiles (B)"
"Colors of the Currents"

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2010 "A Cosmic Question"
2011 "Biomech - Vals No. 666"
2012 "Tartessos: The Hidden Xenocryst"
"A Path Disclosed"
2014 "1.618" Deja Low and Lance Rohr[31]
"Our Cosmic Casket" Flow Forum Productions[32]
"Threshold of Perception" Ezra Haynes[33]
2016 "All Hail Science" Vince Edwards[34]
"Subdivisions"
2017 "Of Mind and Matrix" Nick Hepa[35]
2019 "Stellar Tidal Disruption" Robert Graves[36]
"Extremophiles (B)" Vince Edwards[37]
"Colors of the Currents" Matthew Zinke[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ALLEGAEON | Elements of the Infinite". Metalblade.com. June 24, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  2. ^ "mxdwn.com review" Retrieved July 9, 2014 via Google News Search
  3. ^ "Allegaeon To Enter Studio in December". Blabbermouth.net. October 20, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  4. ^ Gregory Heaney (June 23, 2014). "Elements of the Infinite - Allegaeon | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "Allegaeon Part Ways With Longtime Vocalist Ezra Haynes". loudwire.com. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  6. ^ "Album Review: ALLEGAEON Proponent for Sentience - Metal Injection". October 6, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "Allegaeon Bassist Corey Archuleta to Exit Band". Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "Allegaeon". Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "Michael Stancel". Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  10. ^ Winney, Mitchel (January 5, 2018). "Allegaeon Cover Rush's "Animate"". Metalsucks. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  11. ^ "ALLEGAEON launches cover of Rush's 'Animate' on all digital music services". Metal Blade Records. January 5, 2018. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  12. ^ "ALLEGAEON to embark on a European tour in March supporting NE OBLIVISCARIS". Metal Blade Records. February 2, 2018. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  13. ^ "ALLEGAEON Are Back With Crushing New Track "Stellar Tidal Disruption," New Album". Metal Injection. January 31, 2019. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  14. ^ "Allegaeon". Metal Storm. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  15. ^ "Allegaeon "Fragments of Form And Function" CD - Metal Blade Records". Indiemerch.com. November 5, 1955. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  16. ^ "Allegaeon "Elements of the Infinite" CD - Metal Blade Records". Indiemerch.com. November 5, 1955. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  17. ^ "Elements of the Infinite - Allegaeon - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  18. ^ "Allegaeon - Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  19. ^ "Chimaira to Tour with The Plot in You, Upon This Dawning, Allegaeon, and Silence The Messenger". metalsucks.net. May 22, 2014. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  20. ^ http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=116888/[dead link]
  21. ^ "Allegaeon Added To 'Ozzfest Meets Knotfest' - Theprp.com". July 20, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  22. ^ "Battlecross to Honor Veterans on Annual 'Winter Warriors' Tour". Loudwire. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  23. ^ "LINE UP & STATS 2017 - 70000TONS OF METAL - The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise". 70000tons.com. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  24. ^ "Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, and Allegaeon to tour the USA this spring, celebrating Metal Blade Records' 35th anniversary". Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  25. ^ "Formshifter - Allegaeon|Credits|AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  26. ^ "Allegaeon Chart History - Top Heatseekers". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  27. ^ "Allegaeon Chart History - Top Hard Rock Albums". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  28. ^ "Allegaeon Chart History". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  29. ^ "Allegaeon Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  30. ^ "Allegaeon Chart History - Top Album Sales". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  31. ^ "Allegaeon "1.618" (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)". YouTube. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  32. ^ "Allegaeon "Our Cosmic Casket" (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)". YouTube. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  33. ^ "Allegaeon "Threshold of Perception" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". YouTube. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  34. ^ "Allegaeon "All Hail Science" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". YouTube. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  35. ^ "Allegaeon "Of Mind and Matrix" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". YouTube. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  36. ^ "Allegaeon "Stellar Tidal Disruption" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". YouTube. January 31, 2019. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  37. ^ "Allegaeon "Extremophiles (B)" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". YouTube. March 14, 2019. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  38. ^ "Allegaeon "Colors of the Currents" feat. Christina Sandsengen (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". YouTube. April 23, 2019. Retrieved April 27, 2019.

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