First Reaction: Alesana – "The Decade EP"
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:44:53
The Decade EP may just be six tracks, but it encompasses the most impressive aspects of Alesana.
In fact, it's an appropriate gateway for newcomers and a crucial addition for longtime diehard fans. The group's unique attack artfully merges metallic precision a la The End of Heartache-era Killswitch Engage and theatrical alternative pop posturing reminiscent of My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade. To cut right to the chase, this is as epic as hard rock gets. You can feel them take flight on "Déjà Vu All Over Again" where steamrolling punked-out riffs cascade with Shawn Milke's vivid and vibrant lyrics on the chorus or "Double or Nothing", which merges instrumental fireworks and another arena-size hook.
"Second Guessing" remains a standout with its brilliant bombast, and "Nevermore" sails to immense heights on a potent refrain. Alesana emerge from the scene with a sound like no other and a presence for the ages. The Decade EP foreshadows an even bigger and bolder decade to come though.
What's your favorite Alesana song?
Make sure you get The Decade EP on April 1 via Artery Recordings!