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Alesana Debut At #65 On Billboard
February 4, 2010
Alesana's new album 'The Emptiness' has landed in the Billboard Top 200 at #65 The album is the Raleigh, NC dark rockers' biggest album to date, reaching #2 on the Top Hard Music Albums and #10 on the Alternative Albums Chart.

Produced by Kris Crummett (Emarosa, Dance Gavin Dance), Alesana's third album is their most creative to date - get a glimpse into the story behind 'The Emptiness' with singer/guitarist Shawn Milke's Track-By-Track feature on Alternative Press.

The band is about to kick off a world headline tour in support of 'The Emptiness'. The tour starts in Japan later this week, then heads across the U.S. and on to Europe, before the band embarks on a full summer on Vans Warped Tour 2010. Catch their infamous live show on the following dates:

Scream Out Fest 2010
:
2/06/10 - Shibuya, Tokyo @ Club Quattro
2/07/10 - Shibuya, Tokyo @ Club Quattro

The Emptiness Tour
w/ A Skylit Drive, Of Mice & Men, The Word Alive, We Came As Romans:
2.13.10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Polaris
2.14.10 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
2.16.10 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
2.17.10 - Buffalo, NY @ Xtreme Wheelz
2.18.10 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
2.19.10 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's DownUnder
2.20.10 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
2.21.10 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
2.22.10 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
2.23.10 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
2.24.10 - St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
2.26.10 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
2.27.10 - Murray, UT @ Murray Theater
2.28.10 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
3.01.10 - Spokane, WA @ The Boulevard
3.02.10 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
3.03.10 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
3.05.10 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
3.06.10 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
3.07.10 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
3.08.10 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
3.10.10 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
3.11.10 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
3.12.10 - Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Sports Cafe
3.13.10 - San Antonio, TX @ Zombie's
3.14.10 - Frisco, TX @ Dr Pepper Arena
3.15.10 - Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
3.17.10 - Mission, TX @ Las Palmas Race Park
3.18.10 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 SXSW Artery Party
3.19.10 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
3.20.10 - Metairie, LA @ The High Ground
3.21.10 - Pensacola, FL @ American Legion Post 33
3.22.10 - Orlando, FL @ Club at Firestone (Date Change)
3.23.10 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
3.24.10 - St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre (Date Change)
3.25.10 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
3.26.10 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

The Artery Tour UK
w/ A Skylit Drive, Bury Tomorrow:
4.13.10 - Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
4.14.10 - Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
4.16.10 - London, UK @ Islington Academy
4.17.10 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy 2
4.18.10 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
4.19.10 - Glasgow, UK @ King Tut's
4.20.10 - Liverpool, UK @ The Masque
4.21.10 - Colchester, UK @ Arts Centre

The Emptiness
European Tour w/ A Skylit Drive, Emarosa, Bury Tomorrow:
4.22.10 - Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
4.23.10 - Meerhout, Belgium @ Groezrock Festival
4.25.10 - Bochem, DE @ Matrix
4.27.10 - Zurich, CH @ Abart
4.29.10 - Barcelona, SP @ Razzamatazz2
4.30.10 - Madrid, SP @ Sala Live
5.04.10 - Rome, IT @ Circolo Degli Artistili
5.05.10 - Milan, IT @ Magazzini Generali
5.07.10 - Munich, DE @ Backstage
5.08.10 - Wien, AT @ Flex
5.09.10 - Pragie, CZ @ Lucerna Bar
5.11.10 - Warsaw, PL @ Stodola
5.12.10 - Berlin, DE @ Magnet
5.13.10 - Hamburg, DE @ Knust
5.14.10 - Cologne, DE @ Essigfabriek
5.15.10 - Stuttgart, DE @ Universum
5.16.10 - Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof

Vans Warped Tour 2010
:
6.24.10 - San Diego, CA @ Cricket Amphitheatre
6.25.10 - Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex
6.26.10 - Mountain View, CA @ Shorline Amphitheatre
6.27.10 - Ventura, CA @ Seaside Park
6.29.10 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
6.30.10 - Las Cruces, NM @ N.M.S.U. Practice Field
7.01.10 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
7.02.10 - Houston, TX @ The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park
7.03.10 - Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center
7.05.10 - St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7.06.10 - Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7.07.10 - Burgettstown, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion
7.08.10 - Cleveland, OH @ Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
7.09.10 - Toronto, ON @ Arrow Hall
7.10.10 - Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean Drapeau
7.11.10 - Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theater
7.13.10 - Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
7.14.10 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake P.A.C.
7.15.10 - Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
7.16.10 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
7.17.10 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
7.18.10 - Oceanport, NJ @ MonmouthPark Racetrack
7.20.10 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
7.21.10 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7.22.10 - Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7.23.10 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park
7.24.10 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
7.25.10 - Orlando, FL @ Central Florida Farigrounds
7.26.10 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
7.28.10 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
7.29.10 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
7.30.10 - Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park
7.31.10 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8.01.10 - Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park
8.02.10 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Sandstone Amphitheatre
8.05.10 - Calgary, AB @ Race City Speedway
8.07.10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairgrounds
8.08.10 - Denver, CO @ Invesco Field
8.11.10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Home Depot Center
8.12.10 - Wheatland, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8.13.10 - Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheatre
8.14.10 - George, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
8.15.10 - Hillsboro, OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds

Forming six years ago in Raleigh, NC, explosive sextet Alesana has made it their mission to take their story to the world. With the backing of an extensive international fanbase, the band has sold 150,000 albums worldwide and toured with Chiodos, The Devil Wears Prada, A Day To Remember and Silverstein. Check out tracks from 'The Emptiness' at their Myspace page now and look out for the video for lead track "The Emptiness", directed by Steven Penta (Sum 41, The Killers, Innerpartysystem) very soon!
 
 
 
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Suicide Silence Announce Appearance At South By So What
January 29, 2010
Southern California extreme metallers, Suicide Silence, have announced that they will be taking part in this year's South By So What festival. The one day festival, which takes place on Sunday March 14th at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, TX, also features Attack Attack!, Alesana, Breathe Carolina, A Skylit Drive, Born Of Osiris, I See Stars, Sky Eats Airplane, Asking Alexandria and many more.

Doors open up at 11am and the show kicks off at Noon. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale this morning (1/29/10) at 10am (CST) and can be purchased at this location.
 
 
 
 
 
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Memphis May Fire To Hit The Road With Alesana
October 19, 2009
Dallas, TX rockers, Memphis May Fire, refuse to slow down as they continue to criss-cross the country and spread the word about their debut full length CD 'Sleepwalking', produced by Casey Bates (Chiodos, A Skylit Drive) out now on Trustkill Records.

Memphis May Fire will hit the road with Alesana for a string of year end dates kicking off on November 11. A Confirmed list of dates is available below.

Look for the first video from 'Sleepwalking' for the track "North Atlantic Vs North Carolina" directed by Scott Hansen (A Day To Remember, A Skylit Drive, Willie Nelson, Alesana, Bury Your Dead, Carnifex) exclusively at www.AbsolutePunk.net.

Memphis May Fire
w/ Alesana:
11/27 - The 7 Venue - Douglasville, GA
11/28 - The High Ground - Metairie, LA
11/29 - Emo’s - Austin, TX
12/01 - Jake’s - Lubbock, TX
12/02 - Chic’s - El Paso, TX
12/03 - The Rock - Tucson, AZ
12/04 - The Glass House - Pomona, CA
12/05 - The Borderline - Thousand Oaks, CA
12/06 - Downtown Brewing Company - San Luis Obispo, CA
12/07 - The Avalon - Santa Clara, CA
12/08 - Empire Theater - Stockton, CA
12/09 - The Crossing - Palmdale, CA
12/10 - Karma - Victorville, CA
12/11 - 702 Skate Park - Las Vegas, NV
12/12 - Mesa Theater - Grand Junction, CO
12/13 - The Aggie - Fort Collins, CO
12/14 - The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
12/15 - The Oz Café - Wichita, KS
12/16 - The Village - Little Rock, AK
12/18 - Central City Skate - Macon, GA
12/19 - Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC

For more information on Memphis May Fire, visit http://www.myspace.com/memphismayfire, and be sure to follow the band at www.twitter.com/memphismayfire.
 
 
 
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Alesana Kicks Off Tour This Week
September 2, 2009
Screamo rockers, Alesana are taking their live show back on the road, as they kick off their U.S. tour in Nashville, TN this week. The Vs. Tour, sponsored by Rocktstar Energy Drink, also features support from The Bled, Enter Shikari, Asking Alexandria and Broadway, with Madina Lake on select dates.

The Raleigh, NC six-piece has just finished recording new album, 'The Emptiness', with producer Kris Crummett (Fear Before, Emarosa, Dance Gavin Dance) in Portland, OR. 'The Emptiness' is set for release in January 2010.

Full dates for the tour are as follows:
09/04 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
09/05 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
09/06 - Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
09/07 - Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
09/08 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
09/09 - Des Moines, IA @ People's Court
09/10 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Nutty's North
09/11 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
09/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
09/13 - Lemont, IL @ Jaguar Club
09/14 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
09/15 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
09/16 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
09/17 - Dayton, OH @ The Attic Club
09/18 - Toledo, OH @ Headliners
09/19 - Erie, PA @ Forward Hall
09/20 - Altoona, PA @ The Eldolyn Terrace
09/21 - Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
09/22 - So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
09/23 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
09/24 - South Hackensack, NJ @ School of Rock
09/25 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
09/26 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
09/27 - Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon
09/28 - Vineland, NJ @ Hangar 84
09/29 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
09/30 - Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox Laundrolounge
 
 
 
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Drop Dead, Gorgeous To Release 'The Hot N Heavy' June 2nd
April 16, 2009
Colorado Screamo unit Drop Dead, Gorgeous are set to return with 'The Hot N' Heavy', due out June 2 on Suretone.

Drop Dead, Gorgeous are currently on tour with Alesana debuting new songs for fans (see dates below). In June and July, the five-piece will launch a headlining U.S. trek with He Is Legend, Before Their Eyes and Then There Were None supporting.

The disc’s first single “Two Birds, One Stone” stays true to Drop Dead, Gorgeous’ patented heavy style while possibly netting the group its first bona fide radio anthem. Although the song is airwave worthy, frontman Danny Stillman explains, “We’ll never compromise our beliefs of how any of our songs should sound for the radio.” Likewise, guitarist Kyle Browning adds, “Although it’s poppier than any song we’ve ever written, it unmistakably ours.” “Two Birds, One Stone” is set to impact radio June 1. Look for more news soon on the forthcoming video for the band’s smash-in-waiting.

Joining forces with Atlanta-based producer Matt Goldman (Underoath, The Chariot, Copeland), Drop Dead, Gorgeous ups its creative ante on the follow-up to its 2007 breakthrough Ross Robinson-produced offering, 'Worse Than A Fairy Tale'. Drawing lyrically on real life experiences while fusing unexpected twists and turns to its forceful anthems, 'The Hot N' Heavy' is diverse, yet cohesive. Disc highlights include the relentless and powerful opener “Killing A Classic;” “Fame,” whose mix of haunting metal with electronic touches balance the song’s abysmal tale of drug abuse; and the stunning, “We’re Planning, God’s Laughing” which reveals an epic, emotional orchestration and closes out the disc in triumphant form.

The full track listing for 'The Hot N' Heavy' is as follows:

1) Killing a Classic
2) Southern Lovin’ (Belle of the Ball)
3) Beat The Devil Out Of It
4) Two Birds, One Stone
5) Sue Simmons! Watch Your Mouth
6) Fame
7) (The) Internet Killed The Video Star
8 ) Can’t Fight Biology
9) There’s No Business Like Snow Business
10) Interlude 1
11) Dirtier Than You Want To Know
12) We’re Planning, God’s Laughing

In the four years since Drop Dead, Gorgeous first emerged--with members then ranging in age between fifteen and eighteen--the group’s discography has been heralded in spite of its own dissatisfaction. Outburn championed 'Worse Than A Fairytale', a dark concept album with a strong cult following as “an impressive effort that never lets up on intensity” and gave it an 8-out-of-10 rating. Meanwhile, their debut, 'In Vogue', was touted by Alternative Press magazine as “an expertly mangled mélange of serrated guitars, blast beat breakdowns and sharp-tongued sarcasm.”

Having clocked in thousands of miles, bringing their incendiary and awe-inspiring performances to post-hardcore fans across the globe, these Vans Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Bamboozle and Saints and Sinners vets have shared stages with dozens of kindred metalcore ensembles like Every Time I Die, Aiden, Bullet For My Valentine, From Autumn To Ashes, Saosin, Senses Fail, The Devil Wears Prada, Scary Kids Scaring Kids and Haste the Day to name a few.

Drop Dead, Gorgeous w/ Alesana and I Set My Friends On Fire:
4/14 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
4/15 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
4/16 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
4/17 - Chicago, IL - Reggie’s Rock Club
4/18 - Pontiac, MI - The Eagle Theatre (at The Crowfoot)
4/19 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
4/20 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
4/21 - Buffalo, NY - Xtreme Wheelz
4/23 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
4/24 - Montreal, QUE - Underworld
4/25 - Portland, ME - The Station
4/26 - Providence, RI - Club Hell
4/28 - Virginia Beach, VA - Peppermint Beach Club
4/29 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 2004
HOME TOWN: Raleigh, North Carolina
MEMBERS:
dennis - vocals
shawn - vocals
guitar
piano
patrick - guitar
adam - guitar
vocals
steven - bass
jeremy - drums 

With humble beginnings in Baltimore and then solidifying their lineup in Raleigh, North Carolina, the genre-blending quintet called Alesana has come a long way in order to bring you their musical vision and incendiary live performance. Exploring the heights of love and the lows of heartbreak and bitterness that often follow, Alesana's music strikes a universal chord with audiences around the world. Fans embrace the emotional sincerity and undeniable intensity of the music while reveling in the reckless abandon with which alesana performs. Formed in October 2004 by guitarist/vocalist Shawn Milke, guitarist Patrick Thompson, vocalist Dennis Lee, and bassist Steven Tomany, Alesana quickly became a staple of the burgeoning Raleigh post-hardcore scene. Metal and hardcore fans were drawn to alesana's gut-wrenching vocals, solid riffs, blasting double bass and intelligent breakdowns. Progressive fans were drawn to their cascading song structures and deft control of dynamics, and emo/pop punk fans were drawn to their catchy hooks and heartfelt lyrics. In May 2005, Alesana began working on their debut EP. The disc "Try This With Your Eyes Closed" was released in mid-June 2005 to an ever-expanding fan base eager to take Alesana home with them. With their additions of Adam Ferguson on third guitar/third vocal,and Jeremy Bryan on drums, Alesana is ready to hit the road for their first US tour this summer. Word-of-mouth, internet promotion and online sales have given fans around the world access to alesana, landing the EP in Europe, Australia, Central America and across the nation. Since the release, alesana has been hard at work playing shows across the region (including the Cornerstone Festival and an episode of the MTV series "My Super-Sweet Sixteen"). Now with their first national release "On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax" recorded with producers Kit Walters and Jamie King, it is only a matter of time until Alesana is in your stereo.