Album Review: Allegaeon — “Damnum”

Allegaeon - Damnum

Damnum: from the Latin for “harm” or “loss.”  In a legal sense, damnum refers to a harm inflicted or loss incurred without bodily injury, but in a linguistic sense it goes much deeper.  It represents an aching pain and sorrow, a cruel taking of something, an emotional harm that sits and stews deep and wide.  It’s that kind of loss and pain that influenced Colorado’s Allegaeon on this, their sixth full length album.  Fueled in equal measures by a renewed sense of creative drive and a profound sense of personal and existential grief, Damnum sees the outfit push against what is expected of them, both from within and without.

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Allegaeon’s Riley McShane on new album “Damnum,” touring, no finish line on success, and much more!


It’s no secret that here at Nine Circles we love some Allegaeon. So, it’s obvious we had to get vocalist Riley McShane back to chat about their new album Damnum and how it came together as well as how it was to work with new blood drummer Jeff Saltzman and what he brought to the table. They also cover how touring brings the best and worst out of people, the deeply personal lyrics in the new album, attachment to albums and when to let them go, how there’s never any finish line to success and there’s always room to grow, pandemic effects on the band and their touring, not taking criticism from someone you wouldn’t take advice from, and gamer talk. With that said, jump in for an excellent chat via The Nine Circles Audio Thing.

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