In January 2012, ALLEGAEON traveled to Southern California and entered Lambesis Studios with Daniel Castleman (As I Lay Dying, Impending Doom, Carnifex, Winds of Plague) to begin work on Formshifter. The latest album brings forward a sound that both plays off the band’s previous releases mixed in with some new flavors that will be sure to enthrall old and new fans alike.
Guitarist Greg Burgess had this to say about the new album, “With “Formshifter“, I think we kept the sound a lot of our fans love about us, but achieved them through certain compositional challenges. Be it style, or genre mixing, I believe that we seamlessly applied certain elements we didn’t have on Fragments, and it added a color and dimension we didn’t have before”. Guitarist Ryan Glisan adds, “This album to me indicates the future of the band but nods to our past as well. It, to me, is more of where I have envisioned our band being since I started the band a couple years back, it relies on similar songwriting structures and musicality but adds more groove and memorable riffing than our previous efforts.”
Lyrics, an oft over-looked facet of death metal is one the more interesting aspects of ALLEGAEON. The band crafts their prose with a bit of a different mindset – often touching on space, civilization and philosophy. Vocalist Ezra Haynes elaborates on the band’s first single from the album; “‘Tartessos: The Hidden Xenocryst’ is definitely one that sticks out to me. I was raised on Edgar Cayce readings and tales of Atlantis. When Greg [Burgess] and I knew we wanted to touch base on an ancient civilization, Atlantis was the logical choice.”
Formshifter pre-order, a stream and download of Tartessos: The Hidden Xenocryst, as well as the behind-the-scenes studio video can both be seen now atmetalblade.com/allegaeon.
“The new face of ruthless modern death metal.” Metal Hammer Magazine
Formshifter will be released on May 4th/7th, 2012 via Metal Blade Records in Europe!