Alesana is an American post-hardcore band from Raleigh, North Carolina founded by Shawn Milke, Patrick Thompson, Dennis Lee, Steven Tomany and Daniel Magnuson. Formed in 2004, the group is currently signed to Revival Recordings and have released one EP and four full-length studio albums. The band gained a wide audience after their debut, On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax was released, featuring a musical style shifting between light and heavy sounds along with a wide influence ranging to even classic rock bands such as The Beatles. Their band name is derived from street named Aliceanna St., which is located in Baltimore where the group first began playing together.
Alesana’s overall genre is difficult to determine due to their frequent use of light and poppy influence combined with heavy outputs and extreme metal vocals. The band has been considered a wide array of many things, including melodic metalcore, post-hardcore, emo and screamo. Although these are the genres that Alesana is usually classified as, the band has labeled themselves as pop-metal, and “sweetcore” (a term that was made-up by the group that parodies the cliché of genres that suffix in “core”). Influences for the band include an array of rock bands such as The Beatles, Sonic Youth and Mew. The band is also influenced by an array of metal bands such as The Black Dahlia Murder and Iron Maiden. Source: Wikipedia
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