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Editorial Reviews

The band's third album, finds the Raleigh, NC band at their most creative. The record, which is packaged with a 13-page short story of the same name, perfectly blends together the distinctive Alesana sound with a new maturity and ferocity. Previous albums have sold 115,000 copies and 215,000 singles. Having completed tours with Chiodos, The Devil Wears Prada, A Day To Remember, and Silverstein, the band will continue their strong tour ethic, building on their devoted fan base in 2010.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Curse Of The Virgin Canvas
  2. Artist
  3. A Lunatic's Lament
  4. Murderer
  5. Hymn For The Shameless
  6. Thespian
  7. Heavy Hangs The Albatross
  8. Lover
  9. In Her Tomb By The Sounding Sea
  10. To Be Scared By An Owl
  11. Annabel

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 26, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fearless Records
  • ASIN: B002X9GX4S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Akelldama on February 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Alesana has always been one of those bands that found their way on to a burned CD of mine, but only a song or two. I would typically get bored with that song very quickly, forget about the band, and i would never care enough to buy a CD of theirs, but with this release, that's changed.
I was at hot topic one day and just for the hell of it, i decided to see if they had a decent song on this one.
To my surprise... the first 4 songs i clicked on i absolutely loved, this entire CD is very, VERY good. I giant improvement from the previous releases by them. I don't have time to get in to everything i love about this CD, but i will say it's definitely, FINALLY a CD by them that's well worth the money.

My favorites songs...
1. Hymn For The Shameless
2. Curse Of The Virgin Canvas
3. The Murderer
4. The Thespian

Really, check them out!! Very good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pbenson on April 2, 2011
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I never liked screamo, so the first time I listened to this album I wasn't impressed. It wasn't till I heard Shawn Milke singing 'I handed you a knife and my heart, and now the dream is over' at the end of Annabel that made me realize the true beauty in what I was hearing. After falling desperately in love with the song Annabel, I began noticing how melodic all of the songs are on this album. Not only are the storyline and lyrics brilliant, the sound is heart-warming and heart-breaking and beautiful. I would definitely suggest this album to anyone who appreciates music. I credit Alesana for opening me up to a different genre of music. Keep listening and you will discover something truly special.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony G. on March 5, 2010
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This album is absolutely incredible! It has the potential to be the best screamo album of 2010. In my opinion, it is Alesana's best album to date. I own all of their albums, but none of them have surprised me quite like The Emptiness. It has energy, passion, epicness, heaviness, melody, and complexity. How could you ask for anything else? It stands out from their other albums because of the reasons I just mentioned and it shows how much they've matured in such a short period of time. Their other albums seemed to be missing something; that "it" factor. The Emptiness definitely has "it", and there is a never a dull moment to be heard. The screams are brutal (more growls), riffs are complex, drums are loud, choruses are catchy, and no more poppy bass lines. There is even a solo and breakdown here and there. This is a real screamo album, not some pop/punk screaming concoction. This is a key defining feature of the Emptiness as opposed to the other Alesana albums. Besides the music, the story behind the album is intriguing. This is definitely a concept album. The songs are seen through the eyes of a man who has suffered the tragedy of the woman he loved being murdered. The songs explain all of the emotions he is feeling, and Alesana does a great job to make it feel real. Between songs, there are little interludes that help explain the storyline even more. With that, this album feels a little darker than their others. Along with the interludes, the hard copy has 2 booklets; one with lyrics and the other is actually the short story behind the album. Overall, the music sounds amazing and the concept is ingenious. Whether an Alesana or just a general screamo fan, this album is a must have.
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"I am here to tell you a story.
A story that will torture your thoughts by day and poison your dreams by night.
And though I will do my best, there are no words
That can be written nor brush strokes laid on canvas
That can describe the stark and utter horror of the night that Annabel died.
The emptiness will haunt you."

Thus opens Alesana's "The Emptiness," perhaps the greatest cohesive album I've ever listened to.
There's no easy way to review this album because there's nothing quite like it. It's a concept album, and far surpasses what it sets out to achieve.

"The Emptiness" was my first foray into any kind of hardcore music (Here I use that term broadly, referring to anything with unclean vocals). Two of my friends very enthusiastically encouraged me to listen to the album, praising its story. We listened to two songs while driving, but I quickly shrugged it off. I told them I didn't like music with screaming.
Nearly four years later, after hearing my friends continue to reference the album, I relented and listened to the CD.
I found myself immediately drawn in, intrigued mostly by the album's cohesive story (Based on Edgar Allan Poe's excellent poem "Annabel Lee," which is one of his best). It was very hard for me, initially; lack of experience listening to any sort of music of this kind meant that I had to consort the lyrics frequently to understand what Dennis Lee was screaming. But the lyrics were marvelous! I quickly found that I couldn't get enough of this album. It was too dark, too chilling, and too bittersweet to let go of. It helped that the songs were all remarkably catchy, too.
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I liked 'On Frail Wings...', and thought 'When Myth Fades...' was a step back, mostly in the vocals department.

But this one, I love. There isn't a bad track on this disc (unless you count an interlude). From beginning to end it's just damn good. There are no tracks on here (again, minus an interlude) that I skip while listening to it.

On 'On Frail Wings' you caught a lot of the high pitched, clean vocals which I loved. However, when 'Myth Fades' came out, the vocalist seemed strained. He tried to hit notes so high that they came out like a whisper and just did not feel right. On this disc though, it's just right. The clean vocals sound completely natural and have that unusually high pitch that I love.

The screaming side of the vocals are pretty much perfectly mixed with the clean. Most of the CD is clean, with a chorus or small part of screaming mixed in to change it up. In some parts, the screaming is dubbed over the clean vocals so you hear the same lyrics, but in the high, and growl at the same time which is done absolutely perfectly here where it's used. It's just an effect that I like to hear and it's never been done as good as it is on this disc.

Musically it's still Alesana, which is a good thing. If you've liked the music on the past albums, or even just like bands that are usually grouped with them, you will like this one. The only disc I've bought in the past year or two that even comes close to being as perfect to my tastes as this is Drop Dead, Gorgeous' "The Hot and the Heavy".

If you like this one, I would suggest checking out that one too. It's more screamy, but it's the main two that have been in my CD player since winter.

5 Stars hands down. Best CD from beginning to end I've heard in a long time.
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