Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009
Tonight @ The Rave, 8 p.m.
Each year finds the North Carolina melodic metalcore outfit Alesana a little more ready for prime time. Where the group’s mythology-themed 2006 debut, On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax, was a raw screamo record, 2008’s follow-up, Where Myth Fades to Legend, downplayed the bloodcurdling growls in favor of the sweeter sound of singer/guitarist Shawn Milke, whose clean singing complements the emo-pop songwriting hiding underneath the band’s menacing veneer. Next year the group will release its third album, The Emptiness, which could find them moving ever closer to regular radio play. Tonight Alesana shares a bill with The Bled, Enter Shikari, Asking Alexandria and Broadway.