Release date: 20 June 2014
Style: Technical death metal, Melodic death metal

Rating:

8.3 | 142 votes

Owners:

99 have it
17 want it


01. Threshold Of Perception
02. Tyrants Of The Terrestrial Exodus
03. Dyson Sphere
04. The Phylogenesis Stretch
05. 1.618
06. Gravimetric Time Dilation
07. Our Cosmic Casket
08. Biomech II
09. Through Ages Of Ice - Otzi's Curse
10. Genocide For Praise - Vals For The Vitruvian Man

Top 20 albums of 2014: 6

Review


Line-up
Ezra Haynes - vocals
Michael Stancel - guitars
Greg Burgess - guitars
Brandon Park - drums
Corey Archuleta - bass


Additional info
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio.

Staff review by
Mattybu

Rating:
N/A
My first impressions of Allegaeon's new album, Elements Of The Infinite, were definitely strange. The album opens up an acoustic part, not all that strange in itself, but then morphs into this grandiose orchestral intro that sounds like the music to a God of War game with electric guitar arpeggios over it. Yikes...

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published 09.07.2014 | Comments (15)

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J. N. - 06.05.2014 at 20:05  
 
Necrodamus - 07.05.2014 at 08:57  
Rating: 9 SO stoked for this! Hilarious video btw.
BloodJuNkie - 10.05.2014 at 10:30  
Rating: 9
Written by J. N. on 06.05.2014 at 20:05




Hilarious yet awesome!
jfAkerfeldt - 21.06.2014 at 19:35  
Rating: 10 OMG ¡¡¡¡ it´s fucking amazing album¡¡¡¡

is the best album so far in 2014 ... The complexity of the music, but at the same time is a striking example of brutality and virtuosity Incredible album
BloodJuNkie - 24.06.2014 at 10:46  
Rating: 9 AWESOME!!!!!
Eternity'sChild - 24.06.2014 at 15:15  
Rating: 8 From what I've heard so far, this is absolutely incredible. Need more listens though, but this was really worth the money.
Michaelis - 25.06.2014 at 12:01  
Rating: 10 For me, one of the best album this year. Should be in TOP 5 immediately!
Schnabeltier 24 - 26.06.2014 at 02:50  
  Ok, the video was awesome, it convinced me to check this album.
LeKiwi - 26.06.2014 at 04:11  
Rating: 7 It's clear that these guys finally matured in their songwriting. Not to say that it's infinitely better than anything they've written, but it's a step in the right direction.
Panzerfrost - 26.06.2014 at 08:03  
Rating: 10 Yes! AGreed! This album must be among top 3! Beautiful!!!
MetalheadOmega - 26.06.2014 at 10:07  
  Until this came out, Arch Enemy was slated as my Album of the Year. Holy SHIT did this trump Arch Enemy! This is as close to metal perfection as I've heard all year
Deadmeat - 26.06.2014 at 13:58  
  Awesome video indeed! to be checked!
Necrodamus - 30.06.2014 at 05:03  
Rating: 9 Man this album is awesome, and such an improvement over Formshifter. Third times the charm, they have crafted their opus.
Sword_Chant - 30.06.2014 at 13:32  
Rating: 9 Never heard of this band until now - i'm not exactly a huge death metal fan, but this stuff sounds fucking epic.
FotisKanios - 01.07.2014 at 18:14  
Rating: 8 I really liked this album . They matured and the result was awesome for them - and us .

Check my list for the best of 2013 and tell me if you agree on some of those .
http://metalstorm.net/users/lists.php?user_id=151106
Deon101 - 02.07.2014 at 03:16  
Rating: 10 This may very well be one of the greatest albums I've ever heard... I might be speaking prematurely as I'm only on my first listen, but I can't find one fault with any of the songs. Well, Biomech II wasn't as exciting, but standing next to any other song that came out this year, its damn near perfection. The beauty and intensity in the guitars interplay with each other and symphonic elements underneath it all. The passion behind the solos, I am inspired.
LeKiwi - 02.07.2014 at 13:44  
Rating: 7 What is it with everyone saying that this is easily the best album they've ever hear all year or their entire life
Deon101 - 02.07.2014 at 22:42  
Rating: 10
Written by LeKiwi on 02.07.2014 at 13:44

What is it with everyone saying that this is easily the best album they've ever hear all year or their entire life


Well I don't know what everyone else is into, but I can tell you what I like. I like symphonic elements in music, but not so much to go listen to symphonic metal bands and they have a perfect balance of what's necessary. I like my guitars to have their own voices in songs, and what I mean by that is that they don't just riff out an entire song with a 16 measure solo and call it a day. These guys have melodies, licks, epic solos, and enough sense to know when to much is enough and when to use clean guitars, you would be surprised how many albums DON'T utilize clean guitars, they are pretty precise with their playing. Their bass isn't melted in the background. Their songwriting is pretty impressive, especially since this is the first I'VE ever heard of them. And quite frankly, this album rips from start to finish. They don't overdue it with the breakdowns, the drummer is really spot on with all his grooves, and the vocals.... are just vocals. If I can't take any points away from the album, if I can't find any faults, then to me it is easily a 10 and that doesn't happen to often if at all.

That's just MY opinion. I'd definitely recommend this to a friend.
LeKiwi - 03.07.2014 at 00:06  
Rating: 7
Written by Deon101 on 02.07.2014 at 22:42

Well I don't know what everyone else is into, but I can tell you what I like. I like symphonic elements in music, but not so much to go listen to symphonic metal bands and they have a perfect balance of what's necessary. I like my guitars to have their own voices in songs, and what I mean by that is that they don't just riff out an entire song with a 16 measure solo and call it a day. These guys have melodies, licks, epic solos, and enough sense to know when to much is enough and when to use clean guitars, you would be surprised how many albums DON'T utilize clean guitars, they are pretty precise with their playing. Their bass isn't melted in the background. Their songwriting is pretty impressive, especially since this is the first I'VE ever heard of them. And quite frankly, this album rips from start to finish. They don't overdue it with the breakdowns, the drummer is really spot on with all his grooves, and the vocals.... are just vocals. If I can't take any points away from the album, if I can't find any faults, then to me it is easily a 10 and that doesn't happen to often if at all.

That's just MY opinion. I'd definitely recommend this to a friend.

Wow, you're really lucky. You must be new to this whole thing if this comes across as unique or fresh in any way. Everything here has been done, and better at that. Also faultless/perfect/flawless (whatever you'd like to use) doesn't mean an album is worth a 10. Anything that meets the expectations and fulfills the designated purpose is perfect. In other words, go listen to more music
Stoned Crow - 03.07.2014 at 00:31  
 
Quote:
Quote:

Wow, you're really lucky. You must be new to this whole thing if this comes across as unique or fresh in any way. Everything here has been done, and better at that. Also faultless/perfect/flawless (whatever you'd like to use) doesn't mean an album is worth a 10. Anything that meets the expectations and fulfills the designated purpose is perfect. In other words, go listen to more music


I'm stealing this from Troy:



You could at least offer some suggestions, in regards to what's been done before and better at doing so.
LeKiwi - 03.07.2014 at 00:50  
Rating: 7
Written by Stoned Crow on 03.07.2014 at 00:31
I'm stealing this from Troy:



You could at least offer some suggestions, in regards to what's been done before and better at doing so.

Brilliant...and good point. I'll do that ASAP
LeKiwi - 03.07.2014 at 00:57  
Rating: 7
Written by Deon101 on 02.07.2014 at 22:42


Try this out, very similar and much better:

Troy Killjoy - 03.07.2014 at 01:13  
 
Written by LeKiwi on 03.07.2014 at 00:06
Wow, you're really lucky. You must be new to this whole thing if this comes across as unique or fresh in any way. Everything here has been done, and better at that. Also faultless/perfect/flawless (whatever you'd like to use) doesn't mean an album is worth a 10. Anything that meets the expectations and fulfills the designated purpose is perfect. In other words, go listen to more music

I'm sorry to say this, but how pretentious can you get? I mean it's bad enough how condescending you come across but then to point out that someone else isn't rating an album properly because they judge music differently than you? Get over yourself dude. People listen to music for different reasons and judge it all depending on what they want to judge it for. If someone thinks this is a perfect album because it sounds perfect to them regardless of what's been done before (a point I find especially laughable given your Ouroboros suggestion) then that's their opinion.

Sorry for the off-topic and somewhat personal attack, but these are the kinds of conversations that make people want to stop posting in the forums.
mz - 03.07.2014 at 01:31  
  Their previous album is one of my favorite melodeath records. Will check this asap
LeKiwi - 03.07.2014 at 01:32  
Rating: 7
Written by Deon101 on 02.07.2014 at 22:42


By the way, I apologise for the arrogant reply earlier - I was being a dick. I was just appalled at how highly rated this album is and and when you replied...yeah.
LeKiwi - 03.07.2014 at 01:33  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.07.2014 at 01:13

I'm sorry to say this, but how pretentious can you get? I mean it's bad enough how condescending you come across but then to point out that someone else isn't rating an album properly because they judge music differently than you? Get over yourself dude. People listen to music for different reasons and judge it all depending on what they want to judge it for. If someone thinks this is a perfect album because it sounds perfect to them regardless of what's been done before (a point I find especially laughable given your Ouroboros suggestion) then that's their opinion.

Sorry for the off-topic and somewhat personal attack, but these are the kinds of conversations that make people want to stop posting in the forums.

Agreed. My bad. Although, I don't see what's laughable about my suggestion
Sword_Chant - 03.07.2014 at 01:44  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.07.2014 at 01:13

Written by LeKiwi on 03.07.2014 at 00:06
Wow, you're really lucky. You must be new to this whole thing if this comes across as unique or fresh in any way. Everything here has been done, and better at that. Also faultless/perfect/flawless (whatever you'd like to use) doesn't mean an album is worth a 10. Anything that meets the expectations and fulfills the designated purpose is perfect. In other words, go listen to more music

I'm sorry to say this, but how pretentious can you get? I mean it's bad enough how condescending you come across but then to point out that someone else isn't rating an album properly because they judge music differently than you? Get over yourself dude. People listen to music for different reasons and judge it all depending on what they want to judge it for. If someone thinks this is a perfect album because it sounds perfect to them regardless of what's been done before (a point I find especially laughable given your Ouroboros suggestion) then that's their opinion.

Sorry for the off-topic and somewhat personal attack, but these are the kinds of conversations that make people want to stop posting in the forums.


^ agree with above. Same dude was judging me based on a band I like a lil while back... whatever happened to 'to each their own'?. If someone already likes a band, let them. Having an opinion /taste is fine, so long as it's not forced down other people's throats. If you don't like said band, don't bother listening to them. And if someone has a different view from a band than you do.. so what?! That's their choice. Doesn't mean they're any less educated than other users on MS and to imply such a thing, needn't really have to say any more.
Troy Killjoy - 03.07.2014 at 01:46  
 
Written by LeKiwi on 03.07.2014 at 01:33
Agreed. My bad. Although, I don't see what's laughable about my suggestion

Not because it's a bad album, but because you suggested it in lieu of something that had been done before. I haven't listened to that album since it was initially released back when psykometal suggested it to me, but "original" and "fresh" aren't exactly two qualities that came to mind upon hearing it. Mind you it did feel a little more groove-oriented than most forms of technical metal, but that's it.

I do agree with you that this particular album isn't unique either, but then again that's something increasingly difficult to find these days in almost any genre. I can see why this is being so highly touted though. It mixes melody and extremity seamlessly, the instrumentation is tight, and in spite of the technical approach the songs aren't mired in too much fancy guitar noodling. It's catchy but still fun - not unlike that Ouroboros album actually.
LeKiwi - 03.07.2014 at 01:56  
Rating: 7
Written by Sword_Chant on 03.07.2014 at 01:44

^ agree with above. Same dude was judging me based on a band I like a lil while back... whatever happened to 'to each their own'?. If someone already likes a band, let them. Having an opinion /taste is fine, so long as it's not forced down other people's throats. If you don't like said band, don't bother listening to them.

Dude...I'm sorry but this is just wrong (regarding AE's latest album):

Written by Sword_Chant on 10.06.2014 at 21:40

Considering there's not been many well known metal releases so far this year, i'd say it's one of the best albums i've heard in 2014.


It had nothing to do with your tastes, but rather the fact that you dismissed dozens of other albums released by some rather influential bands.
LeKiwi - 03.07.2014 at 02:03  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.07.2014 at 01:46

Not because it's a bad album, but because you suggested it in lieu of something that had been done before. I haven't listened to that album since it was initially released back when psykometal suggested it to me, but "original" and "fresh" aren't exactly two qualities that came to mind upon hearing it. Mind you it did feel a little more groove-oriented than most forms of technical metal, but that's it.

I do agree with you that this particular album isn't unique either, but then again that's something increasingly difficult to find these days in almost any genre. I can see why this is being so highly touted though. It mixes melody and extremity seamlessly, the instrumentation is tight, and in spite of the technical approach the songs aren't mired in too much fancy guitar noodling. It's catchy but still fun - not unlike that Ouroboros album actually.

I agree with you there - Ouroborus didn't reinvent the wheel with that album. In fact, I'd probably be hard pressed identifying any of their songs in a mix of other tech death. I just wanted to make a quick suggestion of a better album, irrespective of point of freshness/originality. Also, it doesn't help that I've only listened to that album once.

This is pretty tight, and it works well. The melodies and riffs are pretty hackneyed, though. I'd have an easier time identifying songs off this album compared to those of Ouroboros, but that's mostly because these guys tune so damn low.
Deon101 - 03.07.2014 at 06:54  
Rating: 10
Written by LeKiwi on 03.07.2014 at 01:32

Written by Deon101 on 02.07.2014 at 22:42


By the way, I apologise for the arrogant reply earlier - I was being a dick. I was just appalled at how highly rated this album is and and when you replied...yeah.


You did come off as a dick a little, but that's besides the point. I don't feel listing my entire catalog of music, but I do have an extensive list. I've been involved with music for about 13 years so all I do is listen and study music.

As far as the recommended album you posted, it was okay. I have to admit that I am not a fan of Tech Death, and Ouroboros displays some of those qualities I don't like. It's a real love or hate thing for me, some albums sound good and some others sound like people stabbing notes into my ear. Ouroboros, very good musicians and the guitarist does shred, are not that inspiring to me, as far as my songwriting is concerned. Melody plays a part to me and Allegaeon were not short on it.

I went back and listened to the album and my stance has not changed. (Terrible analogy coming up) It's like a brick, if the surface is smooth and there are no chips in it, its a perfect brick. That's just how I feel about the album. I didn't say it was original, what is at this point? My ears liked what they heard, I thought it was good.
Groby94 - 03.07.2014 at 12:30  
Rating: 8 This album can kick some butt . Several 1 votes appeared over the night though, what's up with that?
Ilham - 03.07.2014 at 15:19  
Rating: 6 That's when people think it's O.K. to vote 1 to bring down the total mean of votes. I still can't believe people care that much about votes.
chrisscrewball - 03.07.2014 at 20:26  
Rating: 9 Yeah, this album is way dope. It's tech death with just a bit more melody than usual. I was REALLY surprised this morning to find it dropped all the way from an 8.7 to 8.36 basically overnight. Really, 4 one star reviews? This seems a bit skewed to me so.......

#1 Megadeath has ~2200 votes and only 16 of them are one star (~0.7% are 1 star votes) http://metalstorm.net/bands/rating.php?album_id=1118

The new insomnium has ~450 votes and only 2 are one star (~0.4% are 1 star votes)
http://metalstorm.net/bands/rating.php?album_id=75734

This album has 84 votes and 4 of them are 1 star (~4.7% are 1 star)
http://metalstorm.net/bands/rating.php?album_id=76698

It seems that these 1 star reviews popped up overnight, I seriously hope nobody's trying to get their friends to rate this down to prove that they have superior metal taste........ Maybe the mods should look into whether they all came up around the same time and appear to be in coordinated effort.
Troy Killjoy - 03.07.2014 at 22:29  
  Four users all sign up on the same day, rate virtually all the same albums from the Top of 2014 chart, all sandbag this album with a 1.

Goodbye, try again.
Sword_Chant - 04.07.2014 at 01:15  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.07.2014 at 22:29

Four users all sign up on the same day, rate virtually all the same albums from the Top of 2014 chart, all sandbag this album with a 1.

Goodbye, try again.


They must be deaf, either that or they can hear and didn't even bother to give the album a listen. on a more serious note, the whole rating thing has been fixated (when I say fixated, an unusual amount of 1's on albums that are nothing near as bad as Metallica - Lulu) - i've noticed it happening on a lot of other albums, recent and old. Worth keeping an eye out!
Troy Killjoy - 04.07.2014 at 01:25  
  We don't go out of our way to research vote abuse, but when it's brought up by others we take action if necessary (as was the case here).

We also prefer album threads to be used for album discussion rather than ratings discussion but what can you do. When people get upset with ratings and chart placements they raise a stink about it.

Let's try to steer this topic back in the right direction. Feel free to discuss how great or awful it is regardless of what people rate it.
BloodJuNkie - 04.07.2014 at 13:05  
Rating: 9 Why would you give that album a 1 FFS?
Sword_Chant - 04.07.2014 at 13:40  
Rating: 9
Written by BloodJuNkie on 04.07.2014 at 13:05

Why would you give that album a 1 FFS?


No idea. It's started happening again, though.
BloodJuNkie - 04.07.2014 at 14:52  
Rating: 9
Written by Sword_Chant on 04.07.2014 at 13:40

Written by BloodJuNkie on 04.07.2014 at 13:05

Why would you give that album a 1 FFS?


No idea. It's started happening again, though.


This is sad!
Troy Killjoy - 04.07.2014 at 17:54  
  Or let's just turn every album thread into a complaint session about vote abuse...
Stoned Crow - 06.07.2014 at 17:31  
 

Back to the music... I had this posted once, but didn't embed the link. Enjoy.
musicalkaratekid - 08.07.2014 at 17:19  
Rating: 8 Really enjoyed this album, the instrumentation is extremely tight and solid and reminds me of a more experimental Sylosis at times. The lengthier tracks towards the end are brilliantly written, and the album is closed appropriately well with "Genocide for Praise". The three consecutive songs "Dyson Sphere", "The Phylogenesis Stretch" and "1.618" put me off a little because to me they were weaker than the album's opening two tracks, but for the most part this is a really consistent sound.
Stunning Cactus - 10.07.2014 at 17:01  
  I definitely need to check this out soon. I keep hearing things about how melody-oriented they are, and that is the kind of stuff I really fall for.
LeKiwi - 14.07.2014 at 11:09  
Rating: 7
Written by Deon101 on 03.07.2014 at 06:54

You did come off as a dick a little, but that's besides the point. I don't feel listing my entire catalog of music, but I do have an extensive list. I've been involved with music for about 13 years so all I do is listen and study music.

As far as the recommended album you posted, it was okay. I have to admit that I am not a fan of Tech Death, and Ouroboros displays some of those qualities I don't like. It's a real love or hate thing for me, some albums sound good and some others sound like people stabbing notes into my ear. Ouroboros, very good musicians and the guitarist does shred, are not that inspiring to me, as far as my songwriting is concerned. Melody plays a part to me and Allegaeon were not short on it.

Extensive...amounting to how much, approximately? I''m just curious. It's just that this makes me think otherwise:

Quote:

I didn't say it was original, what is at this point?

Fair enough. Personally, the solos (and melodies) on this album come across as rather stale compared to those on Ouroboros' debut...or any decent tech death album for that matter.
Wes - 14.07.2014 at 15:42  
Rating: 8 Messy as hell, but good.
Deon101 - 15.07.2014 at 21:56  
Rating: 10
Written by LeKiwi on 14.07.2014 at 11:09

Extensive...amounting to how much, approximately? I''m just curious. It's just that this makes me think otherwise:


Well All Shall Perish, Animals as Leaders, Between the Buried and Me, Cynic, Mastodon, Scale the Summit, Symphony X, Sylosis, The Contorionist, The Faceless,and The Saftey Fire (just naming bands on my phone right now). I Also like Obscura, The HAARP Machine, Gorod, Revocation, Sikth (excited that they are finally back together), Arsis, and some more others.

I could go all day, but those are the bands that come to mind. Like I said, I'm not that into Tech Death so I don't know to many bands. The releases I do like though usually are really good.
LeKiwi - 15.07.2014 at 23:13  
Rating: 7
Written by Deon101 on 15.07.2014 at 21:56

Well All Shall Perish, Animals as Leaders, Between the Buried and Me, Cynic, Mastodon, Scale the Summit, Symphony X, Sylosis, The Contorionist, The Faceless,and The Saftey Fire (just naming bands on my phone right now). I Also like Obscura, The HAARP Machine, Gorod, Revocation, Sikth (excited that they are finally back together), Arsis, and some more others.

I could go all day, but those are the bands that come to mind. Like I said, I'm not that into Tech Death so I don't know to many bands. The releases I do like though usually are really good.

My inquiry was referring to your complete music collection, not limited to tech death bands. Just list it as days:hours:minutes.
psykometal - 27.07.2014 at 01:01  
  Allegaeon, Bloodshot Dawn and Ouroboros all play a similar style of melody/groove-driven tech death; take your pick of calling them either melodic tech death or technical melodeath, either one is apt.
lord artan - 11.08.2014 at 10:55  
Rating: 10 Omfg....
02. Tyrants Of The Terrestrial Exodus it was a damn fuck.... good song
i could die with this damn song
oh sweet jesus marry holly all of prophet AND SHIT

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