Interview With Allegaeon

Allegaeon 2014

Allegaeon have recently released their new album Elements Of The Infinite and you can see our review of it here. We caught up with guitarist Greg for a chat – check it out below!

Thanks for the interview – could you introduce yourself and tell me a little about the band?
Sure I’m Greg Burgess, I play guitar in the technical melodic death metal band Allegaeon. Our lineup was originally solidified in 2008 and we’re from Colorado in the US.

You recently released your new album Elements Of The Infinite – can you tell me about the writing and recording process?
It was pretty labor intensive. I had to stretch my creative muscles quite a bit to maintain half of our sound that we lost with our last guitar player leaving. We played to our strengths and utilized a lot of classical elements, think the album turned out pretty well.

Were there any songs that were more of a challenge than others to complete?
Threshold Of Perception took me quite awhile to get right. With the orchestra and choir bits in the beginning through some of the polyrhythmic bridge sections it took awhile. That and Through the Ages of Ice killed me.

Which track are you most proud of?
Gravimetric Time Dilation I’m the most proud of. The solo section and some of the bass parts are pretty intricate, really happy how they turned out.

If you could go back and change anything, would you?
Just minor things like vibrato on some notes, maybe a few drum accents. Like I said nothing major.

You’re currently on tour in heavy support of the new album – are there any plans for some European dates in addition?
Yes – we have plans to come in November and into December, and we’re incredibly excited to experience the culture.

What would you say the best show you’ve ever played has been?
Our first San Francisco Bay Area show will always be a highlight, our last song the crowd charged the stage and began pitting around us. Between that and our CD release for Elements where we played for two hours, those two stand out.

If you could play a show anywhere, where would it be?
I’d love to play Castle Donnington in the UK.

What’s been your best experience in the industry so far?
So far it’s been the reaction an support from this album, we’ve had a really hard past couple of years, things are finally starting to look up.

And if Allegaeon could put its name to a product, what would it be?
Hmmm maybe Hotdogs? Sell them at shows – “Cause when you’re drunk you can’t eat a T-Shirt!”

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Soundscape's editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: nathumphries@soundscapemagazine.com or @acidnat on twitter.

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