ALLEGAEON

Technical Death Metal / Progressive Metal • United States
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Formed in early-summer 2008, with the release of their self-titled EP immediately following, ALLEGAEON (pronounced: uh-lee-juhn) has quickly spread their unique version of extreme metal locally, nationally and internationally, with much acclaim from press and fans alike. Their first studio EP was produced by local studio magic man, Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Martriden, Cobalt). With those 4 songs, ALLEGAEON managed to captivate an entire new legion of dedicated supporters worldwide. With an armament of new songs and a live show that is as engaging as any, and a furious vocal delivery from enigmatic front man Ezra Haynes, they are sure to win over many more fans in the coming months.

ALLEGAEON is an amalgamation of several incredibly talented individuals. This can be said of many, many metal bands, but not as many have the tangible achievements to stake their claims. Greg Burgess is a classically trained guitarist with a degree
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ALLEGAEON Fragments of Form and Function album cover 4.12 | 8 ratings
Fragments of Form and Function
Technical Death Metal 2010
ALLEGAEON Formshifter album cover 4.17 | 6 ratings
Formshifter
Technical Death Metal 2012
ALLEGAEON Elements of the Infinite album cover 4.44 | 7 ratings
Elements of the Infinite
Technical Death Metal 2014
ALLEGAEON Proponent for Sentience album cover 4.25 | 7 ratings
Proponent for Sentience
Technical Death Metal 2016
ALLEGAEON Apoptosis album cover 4.43 | 7 ratings
Apoptosis
Technical Death Metal 2019

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ALLEGAEON Allegaeon album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Allegaeon
Technical Death Metal 2008

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1.618
Technical Death Metal 2014
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Gray Matter Mechanics - Apassionata Ex Machinea
Technical Death Metal 2016
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Animate
Technical Death Metal 2018
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4.75 | 2 ratings
Roundabout
Progressive Metal 2020

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ALLEGAEON Allegaeon

EP · 2008 · Technical Death Metal
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ALLAGAEON (pronouned uh-LEE-juhn) formed in 2008 in the Fort Collins, Colorado area of the USA by vocalist Ezra Haynes, lead guitarist Greg Burgess, rhythm guitarist Ryan Gilsan, bassist Corey Archuleta and drummer Jordon Belfast of which only Burgess remains in the modern day era (2019 when i write this.) The band started out playing local gigs around at bars and in house gigs but soon caught the attention of Metal Blade Records who signed them after hearing how much they kicked ass on this debut self-titled and self-released EP of four tracks.

Having one foot in the past and another in the brave new world of the 21st century ALLAGAEON found a niche on the melodic side of the technical death metal camp. Churning out aggressive guitar riffs at a million miles per second, ALLAGAEON seems to have taken a cue from Marty Friedman era Megadeth especially on some of the melodic thrash metal techniques on “Rust In Peace” and applied them to a more suitable death metal context complete with blastbeat technical drumming wizardry laced with jazzy drumming skills in the mix.

Ezra Haynes’ vocals exhibit the typical death metal growls but the musical drive somehow melds the aforementioned Megadeth thrash with bombastic groove metal chops in for good measure however the galloping riffs and melodic soaring neoclassical soloing clearly reminds me of tracks like “Holy Wars” from Megadeth’s 1990 magnum opus. The technical displays come in not only the virtuosic instrumental interplay with amazingly precise bass grooves, guitar riffs / solos and percussive perfection but also in some of the compositional skills. While the melodic bantering can remind a lot of band like Amon Amarth with the double-bass drum patterns and extra catchy hooks, the compositions are dragged out a bit and whenever the saccharine detector registers too high, the band seem to steer it all into a more bombastic counterpunch.

This is a full fury album with four tracks that fire on all pistons for the EP’s 20 minute run. With a slight pension towards the progressive side of extreme metal, the amazing part of ALLAGAEON is how well they deliver the melodies without sounding like it. While melodic constructs are the clear focus, the intense fury delivered by the technicality and heaviness steals the show as the lyrics delve into the expected tech death subject matter of alien life and other sci-fi themes. While more famous for later works such as 2016’s critically acclaimed “Proponent For Sentience,” this debut EP is a stunningly excellent starter filled with one impressive series of musical chops after another and a testament to how well balanced a tech death metal can sound. Definitely not one to be missed.

ALLEGAEON Proponent for Sentience

Album · 2016 · Technical Death Metal
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Having made three albums, the most recent of which was Elements of the Infinite (2014), the US melodic technical death metal act Allegaeon parted ways with their vocalist Ezra Haynes. While it would be easy to say that a band that exclusively uses growled vocals can replace a vocalist easily I personally think that's a major misconception. For me the growled vocals can make or break a death metal act, so Haynes was always going to be a tough act to follow. Fortunately Allegaeon have found one Riley McShane (also of acts such as Continuum and Son of Aurelius) who not only brings decent growls with him, but also an ability to sing cleanly.

After Elements of the Infinite displayed a lower amount of melodic death metal influence compared to what went before, having a vocalist who can sing cleanly doesn't mean that Allegaeon have brought it back on Proponent for Sentience (2016), which is their fourth full-length album. Musically this is a natural progression on from the previous album, with even less melodic death metal elements, which has resulted in their longest and most adventurous album to date; music that is now somewhat progressive as well as technical. The only time you'll really get to hear what Riley McShane is capable of in the clean singing department for any length is during Subdivisions, a Rush cover song that was initially supposed to be a bonus track but ended up closing the album instead. It's done fully with clean singing (as one would expect – this is no Six Feet Under-esque interpretation). Elsewhere he sticks to his growl most of the time though there are clean vocal passages in some other songs such as Cognitive Computations and he even uses some throat singing on All Hail Science. The clean vocals feature quite prominently in Proponent For Sentience III - The Extermination as well, however those are by guest vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid of Soilwork. That song also features a guest guitar solo by Ben Ellis (ex-Bloodshot Dawn).

Increased complexity and less melodic death metal means that Proponent for Sentience isn't as instantly grabbing for me as Elements of the Infinite was, though you do still get tracks like Of Mind and Matrix, which I'm honestly surprised wasn't the album's lead single with its hook-laden melodic death metal chorus that produces a similar effect to the previous album's 1.618. That doesn't mean that the album doesn't reward a bit of perseverance. It's like most lengthy albums in that respect (this one clocks in past the seventy minute mark, whereas previous Allegaeon albums were between fifty to sixty). There's a lot of material to sink your teeth into and explore. And it's certainly worth exploring as along with the aforementioned Mind and Matrix as a highlight there is also the Proponent For Sentience trio of songs which are spread across the album, which make use of some symphonic elements, as well as the equally excellent Gray Matter Mechanics - Appassonata Ex Machinea, which I'd say is one of the album's more progressive tracks, with lots of acoustic work in conjunction with their usual death metal sound, including an extended acoustic section in the latter half of the track.

While I think I slightly prefer Elements of the Infinite to Proponent for Sentience, it's clear that Allegaeon are evolving as a band by leaps and bounds, so this one is just as recommendable release. If anything it's only real problem is that it hints at potentially better stuff to come thanks to their increasingly progressive way of writing and the vocal abilities of Riley McShane, which they may well have only scratched the surface of if what we can hear here is any indication.

ALLEGAEON Elements of the Infinite

Album · 2014 · Technical Death Metal
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Just before I took my first listen to Elements of the Infinite (2014), which is the third full-length album by US death metal act Allegaeon, I realised something about the death metal releases of 2014 that I'd enjoyed so far: there wasn't a really killer technical death metal effort among them. Epic melodic death from Arch Enemy's War Eternal, challenging progressive death in Lascaille's Shroud's Interval 02: Parallel Infinities, The Abscinded Universe, powerful symphonic death from MaYaN's Antagonise and even some good old classic sounding death metal from Deus Otiosus' Rise. But no technical death metal standout. Well, until now that is.

I haven't encountered Allegaeon before this album but it seems that their earlier work is usually described as technically minded melodic death metal rather than technical death. On Elements of the Infinite though the music is actually dominantly full-on technical death metal that occasionally has a prominent and epic melodic death metal vibe on top, as is the case with the album's lead single 1.618. So it seems that the band has done an about face with their mix of the two styles of death metal. Having not heard any of their older work I can't really say how it compares, but from an outsider's point of view I was instantly impressed with Elements of the Infinite. Aside from the impeccable musicianship I also especially enjoy the lyrics which are themed around space and science-fiction. The growls of vocalist Ezra Haynes being easier to follow than most really helps me feel appreciation for the lyrics. It's clear that a good deal of thought has good into them and as a fan of sci-fi and spacey stuff they strike a chord with me on a personal level too.

Elements of the Infinite is impressive right from the start with the opening track Threshold of Perception, which starts with a nice symphonic and acoustic guitar build up before segueing into lead guitar playing and choirs until things really get going with the technical riffs. Most bands probably would have done something as a separate intro track and been worse off for it. Allegaeon make no such mistake. If anything though Elements of the Infinite is an album that gets more impressive as it goes along. The more melodic death metal influenced tracks provide a great balance between the technical playing that characterises the album. Another aspect I especially enjoy is the album's atmospheric side. There's even some quasi-symphonic stuff happening in the background on certain songs like, Biomech II, which is definitely one of the best tracks on the album along with 1.618 (make sure to also check out the hilarious music video for this one), Gravimetric Time Dilation and Threshold of Perception.

Elements of the Infinite is the first excellent technical death metal record I've heard so far this year and it sets the standard for other bands to beat. Masterful musicianship and strong vocals meets a great balance of aggression, melody and sophistication. That's what Elements of the Infinite is. 94/100

(Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven: http://metaltube.freeforums.org/allegaeon-elements-of-the-infinite-t3678.html)

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