[Album Review] Alaya 'Thrones'

Chicago-based melodic tech metal band Alaya have been on my radar since late 2012 when the video for “Inside” was released as a promotion for the band’s signing to Basick Records. While the video isn’t much more than a performance clip, it was the music that pulled me in, a thrilling mix of aggressive riffs combined with stellar vocals. I replayed the track over and over, soaking it in and building up my anticipation levels for their, at the time, soon to be released debut album Thrones. However, fate is a cruel mistress and the album release date was pushed back…indefinitely.

However, that wait is over and Thrones is out, ready for the world to hear it. Seeing as how I’ve had the band on my ‘Most Anticipated Album’ list (twice), I wanted to weigh in with my thoughts. Was this wait worth it or did I build the band up to unattainable heights that could simply not be reached? Find out below! READ MORE


[Exclusive] David Jacob Robison Explains Just How Horrific Alaya Really Is

One of my most anticipated releases this year has to be Chicago, IL’s Alaya and their upcoming debut album Thrones, which comes out March 17th via Basick Records. The band first got my attention with their track “Inside“, which feature a mix of melodic tech metal with clean vocals and strong melodies that was something that sent hooks into my skin and has failed to leave since. You can (and totally should) pre-order your copy of Thrones via iTunes.

But something that I didn’t realize about “Inside” until I spoke with drummer David Jacob Robison was that the song was lyrically heavily influenced by the French horror film of the same name. In fact, Robison told me that several tracks on the debut album were lyrically inspired by several horror films. And now, with the album coming out soon, we’re able to bring you that exact list! Head on below to read how Alaya might just be the best kept secret when it comes to the melding of horror and music! READ MORE


Alaya Release Official Video For "Sleep"

Melodic tech-metal band Alaya have released an official video for their new track “Sleep”, which comes from the upcoming album Thornes (tentatively out this Spring via Basick Records). You can watch the video, which has several strong horror influences (The hands pushing through the wall? The shadows creeping along the floor?) below courtesy of Metal Hammer. READ MORE


Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

It’s down to the final hours of 2013 and after appreciating what this year has given us it’s time to think ahead to what 2014 will be able to offer. There are some amazing albums that are slated for this upcoming year and I’ve listed a few that stand out for me. Check out the list below and make sure to let me know what albums you can’t wait to hear! READ MORE


Most Anticipated Releases Of 2013

Well, this is it folks, the last day of 2012. It’s been a year just like any others. We’ve had good stuff happen, we’ve had bad stuff happen. But now is the time to look forward and feel excitement. After all, it’s a new year! It’s a time for new beginnings, fresh starts, etc… And what makes things better than some new music, right? So, with that in mind, I’ve come up with 14 albums that I just cannot WAIT to get my grubby little mitts on. Check ‘em out below and make sure to leave your most anticipated albums in the comments! READ MORE


Alaya Signs To Basick Records: Debut Album 'Thrones' Out Next Year

Basick Records have signed Chicago band Alaya to their roster. Their debut album Thrones will be released next year. As part of this announcement, the band has released a video for their song “Inside”, which I highly recommend you check out below. I can’t exactly put my finger on why, but I’ve been listening to this song on repeat for the past half hour and I’m not getting tired of it at all.

Vocalist/Guitarist Evan Graham Dunn comments, “It’s surreal – signing to a label that supports bands I’ve been a fan of for some time. Uneven Structure especially has been in my deck since “8″ was released. As a band, we’ve waited for our entire career for someone to give us this chance, and we’re going to do everything we can to make the most of it. We can’t wait to hit the ground running and continue to work our collective asses off knowing now that Basick Records has got our back.

One of the things I noticed was that Dunn uses a Godin LGX-SA, which on top of being a gorgeous and fantastic guitar (I’ve played several and they were all amazing) has the ability to hook up a guitar synth system. The sonic possibilities are pretty endless once you do that, so I’m really intrigued to see what sounds and textures they come up with. These guys are definitely on my “watch” list. READ MORE