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Alesana delivers a theatrical masterpiece at The Brooklyn Monarch

Last week, Alesana brought their high-energy blend of post-hardcore and emo to The Brooklyn Monarch in Brooklyn, New York, delivering a performance that left fans both exhausted and exhilarated from the relentless mosh pits. Known for their theatrically and dynamic live shows, the band did not disappoint, transforming the venue into a pulsating, emotional whirlwind.

From the moment the lights dimmed and the intro music began to play, it was clear that Alesana was ready to make a statement. The crowd erupted as the band took the stage, launching immediately into "It Was A Dark and Stormy Night," the opening track from their 2015 album Confessions. The energy in the room was palpable, with fans screaming every word and moshing with abandon.

Lead vocalists Shawn Milke and Dennis Lees showcased their unparalleled synergy, trading off clean and screamed vocals with precision and passion. Milke's melodic crooning contrasted beautifully with Lee's guttural screams, creating the signature Alesana sound that fans have come to love. Their chemistry was evident not just in their vocal performance, but their stage presence, as they interacted with each other and the audience with a contagious enthusiasm.

In coherence with the tour name, The Trilogy Tour Part III: Confessions, Alesana performed the entire 2015 full-length, Confessions, from start to finish, including the bonus track "Fatima Rusalka," which served as the final rush of adrenaline in the encore. Each song was performed with a level of intensity that made it feel fresh, even to those who have seen the band multiple times and attended the initial tour for the album release. As much as I was aching to hear the hauntingly beautiful "Apology" and the explosive "The Thespian" performed live, I left The Monarch with a new appreciation for Confessions, which, prior to the show, I had never considered a favorite from their discography. If you're looking for something nostalgic in the post-hardcore scene, "The Puppeteer" will surely bring you back to the days of unfiltered screamo music.

Guitarists Patrick Thompson and Jake Campbell delivered intricate riffs and soaring solos, while bassist Shane Crump and drummer Jeremy Bryan provided a rock-solid rhythm section that kept the energy at a fever pitch throughout the night. The musicianship on display was top-notch, showcasing the technical prowess and tightness of a band that has been honing their craft for nearly two decades.

One of the standout moments of the night was the performance of "The Puppeteer," a track from Confessions synonymous with Alesna's storytelling prowess. The emotional weight of the song was palpable, with fans singing along passionately, pouring their hearts out word-for-word with every scream and clean. The band's ability to convey deep emotion through their music was on full display, making for a truly memorable experience. The intimate setting of The Brooklyn Monarch allowed for a close connection between the band and the audience, especially with no barricade restricting the crowd, making the experience feel personal and immersive.

As the night drew to a close, Alesana ended their set with the powerful "Catharsis," leaving the audience in a state of euphoria. The crowd's chants for an encore were met with a triumphant return to the stage, where the band closed out the night with the blistering "Fatima Rusalka."

In a time where live music is cherished more than ever, Alesana's performance at The Brooklyn Monarch was a reminder of the power of live music to bring people together and create unforgettable memories. The band's unwavering energy, emotional depth, and theatrical flair made for a concert that fans will be talking about for years to come.

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