Elements of the Infinite

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Given their previous work, it seemed likely that Colorado-based metal outfit Allegaeon would be typecast as enthusiastic Gothenburg metal re-creationists, always chasing the melodic death metal sound that came out of Sweden in the '90s. Perhaps tired of being pigeonholed, the band stepped out of that period's formidable shadow to forge a path for themselves with their third album, Elements of the Infinite. Shaking up their lineup with a pair of new members, drummer Brandon Park and guitarist Michael Stancel add a newfound sense of vitality to the band's sound. While their songs were always well-written and expertly executed, it still felt as though the band were simply trying to re-create the past, feeling more like melodic death metal reenactors. Though this made them plenty entertaining to listen to, it didn't do much to set them apart from the hordes of other acts mining the same material for inspiration. With Elements of the Infinite, however, Allegaeon have finally made an album that feels like their own. The band has harnessed the mighty sound of the past and put it to work for them as they carve out a space for themselves in the world of melodic death metal. Although their sound hasn't changed drastically, Allegaeon seem hungrier than they've ever been, a feeling that manifests itself in the vigorous performances on the album. Filled with dazzling guitar work, epic orchestral flourishes (by arranger Joe Ferris and others), and Ezra Haynes' furious vocal delivery, Elements of the Infinite is a creative breakthrough from Allegaeon that melodic death metal fans will want to spend a little time with.

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