Review: Alesana - A Place Where the Sun Is Silent
. Also enjoyable is the screamo influence on Labyrinth, carrying a familiarity to genre pioneers Senses Fail. These moments provide the most enjoyable moments on the album, alongside the hooky choruses and knife-edge spiky punk riffs. It's moment like these that are the moments of pure metallic bliss.
In the other elements of the album, well... enjoyment is a little more difficult to find. Alesana are one of the many groups that the internet loves to hate for their mixing of metalcore with emo rock. It's a style I've been into for a while, but this album is problematic in this sense. While the common complaint for these bands is that the metalcore element is seen as being weak, on A Place Where the Sun Is Silent, it's quite the other way around. The emo element is taken a little too far without creating a significant emotional impact. Milke's vocals have a tendency to get a little too whiny to the extent that in Welcome To the Vanity Faire they sound similar to Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, and when trying to create a metal album, that's not excactly a redeemable quality. Much more fitting and enjoyable is the guttural and occasionally deathly growling of Dennis Lee.
So, A Place Where the Sun Is Silent is clearly an album made with a sense of ambition and a point to prove and it has it's strengths and weaknesses. It's overall a very enjoyable listen and shows Alesana at their most passionate and defined. If I may provide any advice, I would suggest that these guys should focus more on their metalcore element for future material, with that, they would have the potential to create a real classic.
Alesana's A Place Where the Sun Is Silent is out now via Epitaph. The band will tour the UK in February with We Came As Romans.