Interview conducted July 08 2010
Interview published July 18 2010
Allegaeon is the band that seamlessly
executes songs with technical complexity. Combined with some fairly odd,
for a death metal band anyway, lyrics this band clearly stands out from
the mundane bands populating the melodic death metal subgenre. Metal Covenant's
Martin got a hold of guitarist Ryan Glisan
and had a virtual chat about lyrics, songwriting processes and the metal
scene in Colorado.
Martin: You're hailing from Colorado - can
you tell me something about the metal scene in Colorado?
Ryan: The scene here is surprisingly good.
Who would think that Middle America would have a metal scene? Bands
keep getting younger and better here, I think partly because there
are a lot of bands to look up to here it motivates the other newer
bands. I would say Ft Collins is probably our most consistent town
for a good turnout, as it should be since its where we originated
from. Overall though, Colorado has a wealth of good signed and un-signed
bands to entertain the fans.
Fragments Of Form And Function is your debut album, but you did record
an EP two years ago. Did the songwriting process differ between the two
Ryan: Not a ton. The EP was a mix of old material
that carried over from our original line-up and a couple newer ones
that we finished up literally in the studio. I think we are still
happy with it but it definitely doesn't resemble our current and future
direction. It was pretty much the first halfway decent songs we wrote
and decided we thought they were a good starting point for a decent
first EP. As far as the process of songwriting in general, it hasn't
varied too much from how we did the EP.
Martin: Can you tell me something about
the recording process?
Ryan: We recorded with Dave Otero, who recorded
our EP as well. Dave likes us to give him shout outs, so here you
.DAVE OTERO IS THE MAN. The process was a pretty standard
recording process really. We did a lot of our own pre-production as
far as setting up tempos, time signatures, scratch tracks etc and
then handed it over to Dave to pretty much do all the standard recording
Martin: I really like your take on the melodic
death metal - your playing skills are just awesome! Can you tell me something
about your main influences?
Ryan: We get this question all the time it
seems. Every band will say that each member has truly different influences
and so do we. I think we get lumped into melodic death because there
isn't really an easier way to describe it. I have seen someone literally
say we are "technical progressive melodic death metal" in
a review. That's just way too much to say all the time so I think
we end up just getting thrown in the Melodic metal realm. If it were
up to me it would be just "METAL" because that's what I
think we aim for is to be a good metal band versus trying to satisfy
any one genre. I can't speak for every member but if I had to take
like the top couple "metal" bands of each person my guess
would be this. Dream Theater, Nevermore, Symphony X, Megadeth, Pantera,
Dim Mak, The Red Chord, The Faceless and Between the Buried and Me.
A pretty random list from various members, although the overall list
would be much, much longer.
Your lyrics are somewhat more intellectual than most death metal lyrics.
Why are you writing about the stuff that you do?
Ryan: Well, although we don't have beakers
and random chemicals in our basement to use with our home chemistry
sets doesn't mean that we aren't interested in the thoughts and ideas
regarding science. I just think the topical content of a lot of metal
is kind of worn on us. It doesn't interest us to write lyrics about
Satan or gore or whatever. Although those may be inherit in some science
theories I suppose. But I wouldn't say either that we will only write
about theories and science, it kind of just happened on our first
LP. We definitely have over active minds so any weird or odd thing
that we discuss in our everyday conversations seems to turn into song
Martin: Giving that your record's coming
out pretty soon, what are your immediate plans?
Martin: Are there any plans on coming to
of the album Fragments Of Form And Function