From: Raleigh, NC, United States
Last Known Status: Active
Latest Alesana News
Below is our complete Alesana news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
North Carolina unit and Revival Recordings band Alesana is thrilled to announce the west coast "Ten Frail Years of Vanity and Wax" tour. Alesana will perform debut LP "On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax" in its entirety during this trek.
The tour kicks off February 4th in Portland, OR at the Analog Cafe. The band will make its way down the west coast and finish in Salt Lake City, UT at In The Venue.
Supporting will come from The Win, Versus, Charlatan, and Vesta Collide. VIP Packages for the upcoming tour are available here and Shawn Milke had this to say about the tour:
"The 10 year anniversary tour for 'On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax' is hitting the west coast! Let's travel back in time together, to a day where emo bangs, Chelsea hair cuts, and MySpace ruled the planet. You bring the energy, we'll handle the rest!" More...
Pop metal sextet Alesana has released part two of the "Comedy of Errors" music video/mini-movie. Check out this half of the video below, while the previous clip is online here.
The conclusion of this chapter highlights a critical turning point of The Annabel Trilogy. "Comedy of Errors" (from the new full-length, "Confessions") and it's accompanying video series is complete with storyline of love, mystery, and time travel.
"Today is the day my inbox will stop being flooded with 'where is part two?!'," says guitarist/vocalist Shawn Milke. "Director Justin Reich knocked this out of the park. It is always a pleasure to work with him and to watch his creative eye bring our characters to life was a wonderful experience. The video does a great job of answering questions while still leaving plenty of ambiguity as we get closer to the release of the full written story. May the emptiness continue to haunt you." More...
Alesana just released part one of the "Comedy of Errors" music video/mini-movie. The song comes from the band's recent release "Confessions," and part two of the video's saga will conclude later this winter.
"It is with great pleasure that we unveil part 1 of our short film / music video for 'Comedy of Errors'," comments vocalist Shawn Milke.
He goes on to say, "The video was directed by our great friend Justin Reich and as always he did a killer job! The video takes you on a visual journey through the 3rd installment of our Annabel trilogy. With the third part of the story releasing later this winter, this video is an awesome way to get a glimpse into some of the twists and turns that are soon to haunt your mind. 'Comedy of Errors', which is one of my favorite Alesana tunes of all time, is featured on our most recent studio album 'Confessions' so check it out!" More...
Conceived out of a deep love for classic rock and all things heavy, the metalcore band Disruption just released debut single "Skylines." This track will be available on the band's debut album due out early 2016.
The band recruited Shawn Milke from Alesana for this video, which was shot by Paradyme Pix and can be seen below. The song was engineered in Portland with Stephan Hawkes (Attila, Chelsea Grin, Jonny Craig).
"Having Robyn August Reinstadler direct this was truly an awesome experience," says vocalist/guitarist Rob Ramos. "It was incredible to watch this monster come alive on set!"
North Carolina's metalcore outfit Alesana is back with a new album titled "Confessions" set to drop on April 21 via Revival Recordings. In anticipation, the band premieres a new song and lyric video for the track "Oh, How the Mighty Have Fallen".
Check it out now the new clip below.
CreativeLive Music & Audio has announced an upcoming drum workshop, "Fundamentals of Drum Tuning and Recording," set to stream live for free on March 24th from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PDT / 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EDT.
"Fundamentals of Drum Tuning and Recording" will be hosted by producer, Kris Crummett, who has over a decade and a half of experience recording bands like Sleeping with Sirens, Issues, Alesana, Further Seems Forever and Emarosa.
The course, which will walk through every step of the process to capturing optimal drum sounds, will also feature studio drummer KJ Sawka of Pendulum. Head over to this location for more information and to enroll for free today.
After the Van's Warped tour, industrial rockers Vampires Everywhere! are excited to announce they will hit the road again this Fall on the "Inked Music Tour" with Alesana, In Fear And Faith, Glamour Of The Kills, and All Human. The near-month-long run takes the band across the US, kicking off in New York City on October 10th and wrapping up in Charlotte, NC on November 7th.
"We are genuinely excited to be on tour with our good friends in Alesana once again," says vocalist Michael Vampire. "I have an amazing feeling about this tour, and with Inked Magazine behind it, I'm sure it will be epic. So excited to see all our fans again.. Especially after seeing so many new faces at our stage on the Van's Warped Tour. See you in the fall, and be ready for some rock n' roll!" A full list of dates can be seen below.
October 10 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
October 11 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
October 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre Of Living Arts
October 13 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
October 14 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
October 15 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
October 16 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
October 17 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
October 19 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
October 20 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
October 21 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
October 22 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
October 23 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
October 24 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
October 25 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
October 26 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
October 27 - Phoenix, AZ - Nile Theatre
October 28 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
October 30 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
October 31 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
November 2 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
November 3 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
November 5 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
November 6 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
November 7 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
Alesana is set to headline the second annual “The Inked Magazine Music Tour” presented by House of Blues Entertainment and Inked Magazine. The tour begins in New York on October 10th, and tickets are on sale now at this location. The band’s most recent album, "A Place Where The Sun Is Silent," was inspired by the preeminent 14th century poem Dante's Inferno, a dramatic accounting of one man's decent into hell.
“The Inked Magazine Music Tour” featuring Alesana dates:
Wed 10/10 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Thu 10/11 Worcester, MA The Palladium
Fri 10/12 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
Sat 10/13 Baltimore, MD Sonar
Sun 10/14 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Mon 10/15 Detroit, MI St. Andrew's Hall
Tue 10/16 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
Wed 10/17 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Fri 10/19 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall
Sat 10/20 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Sun 10/21 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
Mon 10/22 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Tue 10/23 Portland, OR The Hawthorne Theatre
Wed 10/24 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
Thu 10/25 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Fri 10/26 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
Sat 10/27 Phoenix, AZ Nile Theatre
Sun 10/28 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
Tue 10/30 San Antonio, TX The White Rabbit
Fri 11/2 Houston, TX House of Blues
Sat 11/3 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Mon 11/5 Orlando, FL House of Blues
Tue 11/6 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Wed 11/7 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
Alesana, fresh off the “Rock Yourself To Sleep” tour, has unveiled a music video for the song "Lullaby Of The Crucified" from the group's new album "A Place Where The Sun Is Silent," out now on Epitaph Records. The record was inspired by the preeminent 14th century poem Dante's Inferno, a dramatic accounting of one man's decent into hell. Check out the video below.
Alesana’s singer Shawn Milke explains, "We are very excited to present to you our latest short film entitled, 'Lullaby of the Crucified.' Once again, thanks in large part to the inventive mind of director Stephen Penta, we unveil for you a visual interpretation of one of our literature infused ballads. Press play and wander into a place where the virtuous hide in fear, a place where the sun is silent...lose yourself in the maze of mirrors that is, Alesana."
The video pays homage to Dante’s poem and like in the literary work, a disoriented young man wakes in the woods, and assailed by beasts, (a stripper temptress, the manipulative fiend, forbidden fruit) he fails to reach salvation. In this modernized version, young Dante visits a road side strip club and a cheap motel.
Video’s director Stephen Penta offers, “The challenge of doing videos with Alesana is that Shawn and Dennis write novel length theatrical stories rooted in literary works as the themes of their albums and then strive to capture that with the band’s visuals. When we started discussing the project, Shawn sent me the long form version of the 'A Place Where the Sun Is Silent,' short story. He explained how it was rooted in the Purgatory section of Dante’s Inferno and broke down the characters and how he pictured the wanderer moving through these fantastic rooms from one adventure to the next… well, it was overwhelming.” More...
U.S. metalcore act We Came As Romans has announced a European co-headline run for early 2012 in support of the band's "Understanding What We've Grown To Be" release. The trek with Alesana, IWrestledABearOnce, and Glamour of the Kill has the following dates:
13.01.12 Germany Karlsruhe @ Substage
14.01.12 Germany Jena @ F-Haus
15.01.12 Germany Aschaffenburg @ Colos Saal
16.01.12 France Paris @ Divan Du monde
17.01.12 France Lyon @ MJC O Totem
18.01.12 Switzerland Zürich @ Abart
19.01.12 Italy Cesena @ Vidia
20.01.12 Austria Wien @ WUK
21.01.12 Germany München @ Backstage
22.01.12 Czech Rep Prague @ Rock Cafe
23.01.12 Germany Berlin @ Columbia Club
24.01.12 Germany Münster @ Sputnikhalle
25.01.12 Germany Hamburg @ Knust
26.01.12 Sweden Malmö @ KB
27.01.12 Sweden Gothenburg @ Brewhouse
28.01.12 Sweden Stockholm @ Klubben
29.01.12 Day Off
30.01.12 Finland Helsinki @ Nosturi
31.01.12 Day Off
01.02.12 Denmark Copenhagen @ The Rock
02.02.12 Holland Amsterdam @ Melkweg
03.02.12 Germany Köln @ Essigfabrik
04.02.12 Belgium Antwerp @ Trix
05.02.12 UK Cardiff @ CF10
06.02.12 UK Birmingham @ The Library
07.02.12 UK Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
08.02.12 UK Glasgow @ King Tut's
09.02.12 UK Manchester @ Academy 2
10.02.12 UK London @ Electric Ballroom
11.02.12 UK Norwich @ Waterfront
12.02.12 UK Brighton @ Concord 2
Alesana is set to release the new album "A Place Where The Sun Is Silent" this October 18th on Epitaph Records. The album is a sonic interpretation of the 14th century poem "Dante's Inferno," a dramatic account of one man's decent into hell.
"A Place Where The Sun Is Silent" is now previewing care of Alternative Press where it is streaming in it’s entirety. To listen, head over to this location.
Alesana will be performing in support of the new record, taking the band's live show to audiences throughout North America. The group will be joined on tour by California outfit A Skylit Drive, Florida’s Sleeping With Sirens, Attila, and Memphis May Fire. Dates are as follows:
10/13/11 Worcester, MA, The Palladium
10/14/11 Philadelphia, PA , Theatre of the Living Arts
10/15/11 New York, NY, Irving Plaza
10/16/11 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
10/17/11 Buffalo NY, Xtreme Wheels Skatepark
10/18/11 Millvale, PA. Mr. Smalls
10/19/11 Cleveland, OH. Peabody's Downunder
10/20/11 Pontiac, MI. The Crofoot
10/21/11 Chicago, IL. Metro
10/22/11 Sauget, IL. Pop's Denver . .
10/24/11 Denver, CO. The Summit Music Hall
10/25/11 Salt Lake City, UT. The Complex
10/27/11 Seattle, WA. El Corazon
10/28/11 Portland, OR. Hawthorne Theater
10/29/11 Sacramento, CA. Ace of Spades
10/30/11 San Francisco, CA. The Regency Ballroom
11/01/11 Lancaster, CA. Allied Arts Cedar Center
11/03/11 West Hollywood, CA. House of Blues
11/04/11 Pomona, CA. Glasshouse
11/05/11 San Diego, CA. Soma
11/06/11 Tempe, AZ. Marquee Theatre
11/07/11 Tucson, AZ. Rialto Theatre
11/08/11 Albuquerque, NM. Sunshine Theater
11/09/11 El Paso TX. Club 101
11/10/11 Dallas TX. The Door
11/11/11 Houston TX. Warehouse
11/12/11 San Antonio TX, White Rabbit
11/13/11 New Orleans, LA. House Of Blues
11/14/11 Birmingham. AL. Zydeco
11/16/11 St. Petersburg FL. State Theatre
11/17/11Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Revolution
11/18/11 Orlando, FL. The Club at Firestone
11/19/11 Atlanta, GA. The Masquerade
11/20/11 Raleigh, NC. Lincoln Theatre
I sadly arrived late for the show and missed all, but seven of the bands playing. Granted, I've never listened to the openers, since the majority of the bands were hardcore; a scene that I'm familiar with, but not a part of. This lead to an incredibly awkward experience, since I was immersing myself in a completely different culture.
After finishing up an upcoming interview with In This Moment, I entered the Congress Theater to watch Iwrestledabearonce. Having been chafed by Krysta Cameron's rabid parakeet screams when I saw the band play with The Dillinger Escape Plan, I was hoping that she may have improved as a vocalist during the past year on tour. Sadly, she's just as annoying as ever in a live setting, while the actual music remains unfocused, disjointed, and truly unfunny. Comedy metal can indeed work and Iwrestledabearonce should quit it with the funny sound effects and instead move on to having the humor come from their lyrics and stage presence. GWAR and Cannabis Corpse manage to be genuinely funny in an over-the-top way without annoying me because they don't bombard me with cheesy sound effects every ten seconds. It's a shame that Iwrestledabearonce still don’t comprehend taste and only make music for their own amusement instead of that of their highly annoyed audience.
In This Moment were up next and I have to say that ITM put on a great show. Maria's voice simply works better in a live setting than it does in the studio and it's a shame that they went from headlining to only playing five songs after only a few short months. Much like my experience with Warbringer and Job For a Cowboy, In This Moment won me over in the live arena. The fact that they put on such a great performance was sadly probably wasted on playing for a hardcore crowd who didn't appreciate their music, since much of the audience had left the venue during their set.
Next up was For Today, who I'd never listened to before, but managed to put on a good show despite being pretty generic modern hardcore. While the band doesn’t break any new ground or do much to stand out, they don't annoy me as much as most contemporary hardcore does. If I were more into the neo post-hardcore scene, I'd probably give the band a few more listens. Still, they're good for what they are and anyone into contemporary hardcore should give them a shot. More...
The first batch of dates have been revealed for the upcoming 2011 "All Stars Tour," which includes Emmure, Alesana, iwrestledabearonce, blessthefall, and more. You can view the list of confirmed bands at this location, with the currently announced dates, cities and venues being located below. More dates for both the United States and Canada are expected to be added in the coming weeks.
07/22 McAllen, TX – Las Palmas Racepark
07/23 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
07/24 Dallas, TX – The Palladium
07/26 Louisville, KY – Expo Five
07/27 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
07/28 Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
07/29 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Theatre
07/30 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
07/31 St. Paul, MN – Station 4 Outdoors
08/02 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
08/03 Montreal, QC – Olympia
08/04 Reading, PA – Eagle Theatre at The Sov Center
08/05 Poughkeepsie, NY – Mid Hudson Civic Center
08/06 Fitchburg, MA – Central Mass Expo Center
08/07 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
08/09 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
08/10 Richmond, VA – The National
08/11 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
08/12 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
08/14 Pensacola, FL – Seville Quarter Party Plaza
08/18 Scottsdale, AZ – Venue of Scottsdale
08/19 San Diego, CA – Soma
08/20 Anaheim, CA – The Grove
Update: the dates for the tour are now available at this location.
The full lineup for the inaugural edition of "The All Star Tour" has been announced. The tour will run from July 22, 2011 through to August 22. The confirmed list of dates are expected to be announced shortly. In the meantime here are the bands participating in the 2011 "All Stars Tour."
In This Moment
Born Of Osiris
The Ghost Inside
After The Burial
For All Those Sleeping
Memphis May Fire (select dates)
Motionless In White
Sleeping With Sirens
Escape the Fate have revealed a long list of tour dates for its forthcoming North American tour with Alesana, Motionless In White, Get Scared and Drive A. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:
January 20 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
January 21 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
January 22 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
January 24 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Music Hall
January 25 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
January 26 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
January 28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
January 29 – Orlando, FL @ Club at Firestone
January 30 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @Revolution
February 1 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
February 2 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA
February 3 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
February 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
February 5 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
February 8 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
February 9 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
February 11 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
February 12 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
February 13 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
February 14 – Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
February 16 – Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
February 17 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
February 18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room
February 19 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
February 20 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
February 21 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
February 23 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
February 25 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
February 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
February 27 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
March 1 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
March 2 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
March 3 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
March 5 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Grand Ballroom
March 6 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
March 8 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
March 9 – Fresno, CA @ The Crest Theater
March 11 – Anaheim, CA @ The Grove of Anaheim
March 12 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
Vampires Everywhere! will be embarking on a tour alongside Alesana and Our Last Night as the band gears up for the release of the new single "Undead Heart," which will be released on November 29th. Vampires Everywhere! also recently completed work on the video for "Undead Heart" and will be touring with Murderdolls in December.
Michael Vampire comments, "We are extremely honored and excited to be on tour with the MurderDolls in December! We really appreciate them taking us out on this run and look forward to melting some faces. VE! Is excited to bring you new music from our upcoming full length and, of course, an intense stage show! See you in December!"
The band's upcoming live shows are as follows:
On tour with Alesana, Our Last Night & Honor Bright
11/16 – School of Rock – South Hackensack, NJ
11/17 – The Met Café – Pawtucket, RI
11/18 – Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
11/19 – Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
11/21 – The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY
11/22 – Hangar 84 – Vineland, NJ
11/23 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
On tour with Murderdolls
12/03 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
12/04 – Majestic – Detroit, MI
12/05 – Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
12/06 – The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
12/07 – Altar – Pittsburgh, PA
12/08 – Paradise – Boston, MA
12/09 – Crocodile Rock – Allentown, PA
12/10 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
12/11 – Bourbon Street Ballroom – Baltimore, MD
12/12 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
Fearless Records is currently giving away a free MP3 sampler pack including previously-unreleased material from The Word Alive and Amely. The sampler also includes tracks from Every Avenue, Artist Vs Poet, Breathe Carolina and Blessthefall, amongst many others.
The free sampler is available through the Fearless Records facebook page.
Fearless Records Summer Sampler 2010 Tracklisting:
1. Every Avenue – Tell Me I’m A Wreck
2. The Word Alive – Epiphany
3. Amely – Sing To You
4. Breathe Carolina – I.D.G.A.F.
5. blessthefall – To Hell And Back
6. Artist Vs Poet – Adorable
7. Go Radio – Goodnight Moon
8. Alesana – The Thespian
9. The Maine – Into Your Arms
10. A Skylit Drive – Those Cannons Could Sink A Ship
11. For All Those Sleeping – I’m Not Dead Yet
12. Mayday Parade – Kids In Love
13. Let’s Get It – Duck Duck Grey Goose
14. Sparks The Rescue – Hello Mexico
15. Eye Alaska – American Landslide
16. Motionless In White – Ghost in The Mirror
We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Shawn Milke, singer/guitarist for Alesana, shares a story from the road involving an interesting twist on the wall of death:
"The fog pouring from the stage was thicker than that of a graveyard. On stage, we felt like we had been though a war; torn clothing, bloody lips, bruised faces. Gazing out at the crowd we could see that they were broken, but not beaten. It was time. The big guns were in place and ready to be fired. But this time around, we had a challenge for the soldiers. 'I want a wall of death!' screams our fearless front man Dennis. No fear. No mercy. This is no time for children to run scared to their mommys and daddys. This is a time to bring it and bring it hard. To prove our bite is as ferocious as our bark, we send one of our own down into the crowd and to the very back of the wall of death. The challenge is simple: hit him, catch him, beat him before he reaches the stage. We dare you. On the count of three. One...two...three...the stage is set, the night explodes. One of the best pits we've ever had!"
Alesana recently wrapped up their headlining The Emptiness Tour before embarking on a European tour that they're playing now. The band will return to the US and tour as part of the Vans Warped Tour this summer.
Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.
Quite a few bands have been announced already for this year's Vans Warped Tour, which is to take place June 24 through August 15, 2010. Of note to the metal and 'core crowd are: Alesana, Andrew W.K., Bring Me The Horizon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Emmure, Every Time I Die, Eyes Set To Kill, Green Jelly, Haste The Day, In Fear and Faith, iwrestledabearonce, Parkway Drive, Set Your Goals, Suicide Silence, and Whitechapel. You can check out the latest lineup here (more bands to be announced).
The latest Vans Warped Tour 2010 dates are as follows: More...
North Carolina's Alesana has posted the third episode of a series studio videos from when they were recording their upcoming album, "The Emptiness." The video features band members Patrick, Jake, Shawn and Shane tracking guitars and bass for the songs on the new album. Towards the end of the video there is also a 30 second clip of one of the songs on the the album. Watch the video below.
The band has also posted two songs from the upcoming album on their Myspace page. The songs are entitled "The Thespian" and "To Be Scared By An Owl."