A Place Where the Sun Is Silent
With every passing release, ALESANA become a little more ambitious with their sound. Not too surprisingly, A Place Where the Sun Is Silent is their most unique and interesting record yet. The opener, “The Dark Wood of Error”, is a simple, yet eloquent sounding piano intro featuring Shawn and a female vocalist often singing simultaneously. The next track, “A Forbidden Dance”, is the first to introduce more instruments; A Place Where the Sun Is Silent actually features multiple appearances of brass instruments, including horn arrangements (which, surprisingly, sound right at home here). The album also has throws in children’s choirs, guest appearances, and genre molds, beefing up the already large structure of ALESANA. It’s in this complicated formula that some people will find faults. For starters, the screams don’t feel as good on this album due to the more melodic and ambitious nature of the tracks. The voices themselves have improved, but the singing is much preferred. Also, the length of this album is difficult. Featuring sixteen tracks and over an hour of music, A Place Where the Sun Is Silent is a bit of a trek to play from start to finish in one sitting. With these complaints aside, ALESANA have truly outdone themselves on this record. This bad boy is BIG and has a lot to offer fans. Whether you love the simpler moments like “Vestige”, the catchier beats like those during “The Temptress”, or the heavy assaults found with “The Fiend”, there will be something attracting you for replay visits. Of course, the band is at their best when they combine all these sounds into one large track (take the final track, “And Now For the Final Illusion”, for reference), but it’s great having the variety of “emotions” to explore depending on your mood. A Place Where the Sun Is Silent will probably go down as the band’s best work yet, and it deserves to be recognized. ALESNA have taken their music to another new level. – By Nathaniel Lay
>Recommended Tracks: “The Dark Wood of Error”, “A Forbidden Dance”, “The Temptress”, “Wanderer”
>Release Date: October 18, 2011
>Bottom Line: ALESANA have gone out of their way to make this record giant in size, and have succeeded. It’s quite the long adventure, but it’s full of great moments you’ll want to replay again and again. The musicianship found here is quite impressive, even if the heavier stuff seems to get in the way this time around.