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Interview von: arne mit Ezra, am: 05.06.2014 ]

Shouter Ezra Haynes & Co. scheinen es gar nicht witzig zu finden, dass der Sound von ALLEGAEON bisweilen als MetalCore bzw. Deathcore beschrieben wird. Auf ihrer Facebook-Seite verwehren sie sich davor, auch nur ansatzweise mit irgendeinem Core in Verbindung gebracht zu werden. Diese vehemente Reaktion überrascht. Es ist aber nicht weniger verwunderlich, dass die Gruppe aus Colorado anders wahrgenommen wird als extremer, melodischer Death Metal. Wer die bisherigen Veröffentlichungen der US-Band und nun „Elements Of The Infinite“ hört, kann eigentlich keine andere Verortung vornehmen – eigentlich.


Musicscan: You’ve been around for some time now: Has the intention / the spirit changed until today? What kind of philosophy is the basis for what you are doing with Allegaeon in 2014?

Allegaeon: We still have passion for what we do. If anything, we tend to have more of a "driven" point of view with how we are currently dealing with our career in music. For once in Allegaeon's history, everything seems right and copacetic.

Musicscan: People who got introduced to your band often were impressed by your “aesthetic” approach to metal music to say so. What do you think about statements like these and what is your approach towards metal music and being Allegaeon?

Allegaeon: Ultimately, everybody is going to have their own opinions. We've never really been a band that takes what people say literally. We love what we do and I'm sure it's not going to be for everyone, I think that's how it is with all music. People like what they like, bottom line.

Musicscan: What moments in the bands history for you sum up the whole experience of Allegaeon so far? And what has the band “done” for you personally?

Allegaeon: For some reason the first thing I thought about is when we play Austin, Texas. We always have a great time hanging out with friends and just playing a good show. We tend to be more of a sense of humor driven band than anything. We all just have a really good time and love to play music. As far as what the band has done for me personally, it's nice to be noticed for something that people look up to or want to be a part of. I think people in general like to be noticed.

Musicscan: What is it for you guys to be called to be a progressive and technical band all the time - is it somehow annoying or fine with you? Do you feel any pressure to prove people to be right with what they are saying? What’s to say in this regard when it comes to Elements Of The Infinite?

Allegaeon: People can label us what they want, no matter what it's going to be based on their opinion. We always feel pressure while writing a new album, but we don't try to appease any genre specifically. In general, people can call us with a ward.

Musicscan: Do you have any explanation for the fact that there is such a big buzz around the prog- and tech-scene at the moment? A couple of years ago I would not expect too many people to be into that kind of music. Nowadays it seems to be somehow cool to listen to it. To me it’s kind of strange…

Allegaeon: If you really look at it, people that support a lot of bands are most likely going to be a musician themselves. When a good band comes around that gains notoriety for playing more difficult music it catches on with people.

Musicscan: Looking on progressive music in general you can find lots of sub-scenes and styles, the interests of musicians and listeners are changing all the time: Are there bands you feel connected with that might have a similar agenda to what you have with Allegaeon?

Allegaeon: Realistically, I think we all have a particular thing in common. The ability to do music as a full-time job, really. When it comes down to sonically, I haven't heard a band that's doing what we're doing right now, but then again I don't listen to too much metal.

Musicscan: It seems that your sound is continually changing, while other bands are stagnant. Elements Of The Infinite just seems to prove that. What makes Allegaeon stand out from your artistic point of view?

Allegaeon: Evolve in the best way possible. When bands try to evolve their product, it goes one of two ways, good or bad. Yes, we are growing musicians, but in a sense we stay true to the roots of Allegaeon's style.

Musicscan: Elements Of The Infinite is a pretty challenging – but also catchy – and self confident record. It is intensive and stands somehow outside competition due to the fact you are not following trends. Do you like this description? Does it fit? What is your view on the album?

Allegaeon: I love everything you just said. I believe that this album is all of the member's favorite to date. Also, I think it will be the most successful Allegaeon album as well.

Musicscan: When you were writing the songs for your new record - did you have certain issues you specifically wanted to address? How did you go about writing the songs?

Allegaeon: Not really. If it tickles your fancy, great. You don't necessarily see me me listening to Kenny Chesney, we understand that it's not going to be for everyone. We are a science related band. Any subjects that really intrigues us, we to write about.

Musicscan: To me it seems that the new album was built up on by far more positive vibes. Would you agree? Was this a conscious decision or would you call this a natural development?

Allegaeon: I would completely agree with that. I believe that it's more based on having a couple new members join. We have Michael Stancel now on guitar and Brandon Park on drums and everybody seems to have a great attitude towards the project. In a sense I consider it natural.

Musicscan: Musically and lyrically Allegaeon seems like a band fueled by raw emotion which is at the same time tempered by a “reflected” vibe. What are the motives behind writing in this style?

Allegaeon: We just try to write good music, man. If we like what we write then we keep it, if it doesn't sound good to us then it's pointless and thrown away. There is no deep motive when we're writing.

Musicscan: If you compare the visions you had of Elements Of The Infinite and compare it to your impressions listening to the songs now – what´s the difference, is there any?

Allegaeon: Haha, It came out way better than I thought. We all are pretty realistic people that expect the worse. Granted, we're really excited about how this record came out.

Musicscan: Lastly: With the direction of Allegaeon heading a certain way and listeners / fans growing with you over years and releases, do you feel the fans can now relate to what you are feeling or at least understand what you are trying to tell them with your music?

Allegaeon: Of course, our fanbase has only been growing. With growth comes more people that understand our approach. As a member, you really have to appreciate that.

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