A lot has happened with Allegaeon since the 2022 release of Damnum, a record called a “triumph” of maximalist modern metal and “technically dazzling yet always in thrall to the uplifting power of melody.” First, the Colorado-based band–who formed in 2008–welcomed back original singer Ezra Haynes as permanent vocalist in November, 2022.
Then, after resigning with Metal Blade Records, the quintet wrote and recorded two blistering brand-new songs-”Inhumation” and “Iridescent” –with longtime producer Dave Otero, one of which is available to fans today.
“Both of the songs are really aggressive, far more than anything I’ve done with the boys,” says Haynes. “Since my departure in 2015, Allegaeon had grown so much musically as well as introduced a more “personal” style of lyrics to the fold. This was a very VERY cool change to me.”
Ezra had this to say of “Inhumation“: “We wanted to do a callback to the first album when we signed to Metal Blade, 2010′s Fragments of Form and Function. For the second song on that, ‘The Renewal,’ I built a layered vocal section that I thought was really neat then. I wanted to somehow incorporate something similar, but bigger and evolved, into ‘Inhumation’, considering the song is so damn massive. It’s without a doubt the most aggressive thing I’ve ever written. Also, now that Allegaeon is a group with three gents on vocals, I wanted to take advantage of that as well as showcase Michael’s insane vocal talent.”