Allegaeon - Apoptosis CD NEU OVP
With Apoptosis, Allegaeon have delivered their defining statement. A near-perfect symbiosis of technical, progressive, and melodic death metal, it is a record that is as crushingly heavy as it is inventive, lithe and intelligent, and marks a significant leap forward in their songwriting. For those unfamiliar with the term, in science Apoptosis is the death of cells, which occurs as a normal and controlled part of an organism's growth or development. For Allegaeon, this made for a succinct title due to the lyrical themes of the record being rooted in the idea of death leading to new and better life. Tracking at Flatline Audio in Denver with long-serving producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage) proved a largely stress-free process. Written and tracked in the midst of touring, the heavy schedule affected Allegaeon's approach to the making of the record, guitarist Greg Burgess asserting that they "didn't have time to agonize over the songs - and honestly we didn't know what the record was going to be until we were putting on the finishing touches!" A further noteworthy achievement lies in 2018 having marked the 10th anniversary of Allegaeon's debut EP, and to have not only made it so far but to see the band continuing to build momentum as they storm into 2019. "We've come a long way in that time, and I'm extremely proud of what we've achieved," Burgess states. "Not only have we continued to grow from album to album despite personnel changes, every lineup change has been a huge improvement for morale. And now I can just look at our touring schedule for the coming year and know we're doing well."