Allegaeon Debut Video For Classical Acoustic Duet “Colors of the Currents”
Allegaeon have released a video for “Colors of the Currents,” the last song on their new album Apoptosis. Sticking to the theme of flowing water, Allegaeon guitarist Greg Burgess and special guest Christina Sandsengen are seen shredding the full-on classical masterpiece on their ethereally beautiful acoustic guitars, as if it weren’t blistering work, while sitting in a flowing river. Their performance provides a breathtaking visual, conveying passion with every pluck of a string. If you NEED something to headbang to, I still recommend this. Just put your pinky up.
“As long-time fans know, I love putting classical guitar tracks on Allegaeon records. The reason is twofold: first I want to give the listeners a chance to catch their breath. Ear fatigue when listening to extreme music is an unfortunate side effect. Secondly is to promote the instrument itself, and my love of classical music.
“The ‘Colors of the Currents’ is my first foray into duet composition. Its conception was the result of being recognized by the classical community for my work in Allegaeon. This was both shocking and humbling for me. Having works played alongside the likes of Bach at doctoral recitals seemed like goals from a life I thought I left behind when I decided to devote my life to Allegaeon.
“For the ‘Colors of the Currents’, I had the honor of performing with the venerable Christina Sandsengen from Oslo, Norway. Her album Shades and Contrasts caught my attention while on the US leg of our tour with Ne Obliviscaris. Her interpretations, use of dynamics and colors, are all laudable, and what I strive to achieve in my own playing. They are heartfelt, moving, and quite frankly an amazing example of the emotional range of the instrument.
“The piece itself was composed knowing that it would be paired with ‘Tsunami and Submergence’. I wanted to capture the feeling of water moving around the listener. As currents in real life ebb and flow so does the intensity of the piece. The idea to separate the tracks ‘Tsunami and Submergence’ from the ‘Colors of the Currents’ was made right before we went into the studio, for ease of the listener to navigate where they wish on the album.”
Apoptosis is out now via Metal Blade; order it here.