Interview with Ryan Glisan of Allegaeon (Metal Blade Records) by Doc Brown

When I first heard Allegaeon I honestly did not expect them to be an American band. They have a very European sound with the American agression pushing it forward. This band is technical, fast, and unrelenting. I recently had the chance to speak with guitarist Ryan Glisan about the band’s past, present, and future.

MDB: First of all, thanks for agreeing to this interview. It means a lot to all of us here at the site. Second, Fragments of Form and Function is an amazing album. Do you guys think you’ll be able to top it?
RG:No problem, thanks for putting together some questions. Fragments was definitely a good starting point for us but I can honestly say that our next album will surpass fragments in every way, in my opinion anyways. I realize every band says that about every CD they put out, but as far as our discography goes it will really be more of a step outside of what we have done previously. You will still recognize our sound but there are some new aspects, 8 string guitars, a new drummer, more synth aspects that we didnt have time for on Fragments and all completely new songs,  Fragments was a mix of really old material and new, so it wasnt as cohesive as our next album will be. I can say all I want about it but really you will just have to see for yourself haha.

MDB: Do you guys have any tours in the works that we should know about or are you focusing more on writing right now?
RG:We have finally started getting some good offers for tours but thus far we have had to pass on them or put tours off until the CD is done, thats our main focus from now until January. I think once the album gets some momentum and a good buzz we will get on some solid tours

 MDB:  With all the bands that are coming out of the woodwork, do you have any personal favorites that seem to stick out above the rest?
RG:Honestly, and this is only a reflection of me personally, I dont really care for alot of newer metal. It seems like a good majority of bands are copycat bands and that gets old for me, so I have kind of stopped searching out new metal bands. Im sure there are a ton of good bands out there but I have been so caught up with our band and all the stuff behind the scenes that I tend to listen to more of the music I was brought up on like 80’s metal, early 90’s death metal and the late 90’s and early 00’s European and American progressive styles along with the virtuoso solo guitar players. I have also broadened my musical taste into non metal genres as well and have grown fond of many non metal artists.

MDB:  I know that in Michigan things were pretty bad for awhile with bands being cut-throats and not helping each other out.How do you feel about the over all state of the metal community these days?
RG:Well I can only speak of the Colorado scene that we were brought up in and most of the bands are all really friendly with one another, for the most part. Colorado has had good success with bands getting signed to decent labels lately and part of it is definitely due to the respect between the bands annd bands pushing each other, in a positive way. As far as national touring bands are concerned, the bands we have met and toured with all seem really cool so far, so hopefully that continues in the future.

 MDB: What, in your opinion, is the biggest obstacle that bands trying to get signed face?
RG:Well there has been a shift in the industry lately when it comes to that. Back in the day there wasnt nearly as many labels and there werent nearly as many channels of distribution and networking so there wasnt many ways to hear about a band other than TV, Radio and word of mouth. Because of that it was harder to get your name out and get “discovered”. Fewer groups were “discovered” and even fewer made considerable money. Although its still an obstacle to making “considerable”  money, the various networking mediums have made it considerably easier to get noticed and inevitably get signed, I would almost venture to say that if you are a truly talented band and work hard that you have a very good chance of getting picked up. That being said, with so many bands out there having unlimited access to getting their music out and getting signed by the tons of labels out there, it has in a sense saturated the market of “SIGNED BANDS” and now you see bands fighting over tours and promotional and advertising dollars and time. In the end, yes its easier to get signed and get your name out, but because of that it makes it even harder to get good tours and differentiate yourself from the billion other bands that are “signed”.  To answer your question, the biggest obstacles, in my opinion are 1. Actually being a good band and 2. the amount of competition 3. dollars available to pursue new artists. This discussion could go on forever but ill leave it at that haha.

MDB: Again, Thanks for taking time out of your schedule to talk with us. It’s been an honor and a privilege!
RG:No problem.


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