"Once in a blue moon a band comes along that defies description and hits the spot so hard that you're left breathless and bewildered. ALAYA are all that and more. They're progressive, wildly inventive and authentically epic, but they also have an air of otherworldly magic about them. This is how you combine melody and complexity with results that put goosebumps on your goosebumps. This is how you push metal into the future. Alaya are bringing the next level of crushing, intricate and thrillingly soulful metal fusion. Transcendental, triumphant, utterly fucking mind-blowing. The game just changed forever." - Dom Lawson, Metal Hammer Magazine, Classic Rock Magazine, Prog Magazine
BASICK RECORDS are ridiculously excited to welcome U.S. band ALAYA to their rapidly growing international roster.
Based in Chicago, ALAYA stands apart from many of today’s artists, fusing punishing technical rhythm with a genre defying soulful, melodic style.
Comments Basick CEO Nathan 'Barley' Phillips, "One of the best things about this job is discovering hidden talent that you know will immediately resonate with open minded music fans worldwide. Alaya are one of the most exciting and forward-thinking bands I've come across, showcasing incredible levels of musicianship and as a team, we're genuinely excited to be bringing you their debut album next year."
Vocalist/Guitarist Evan Graham Dunn adds, "It's surreal - signing to a label that supports bands I've been a fan of for some time. Uneven Structure especially has been in my deck since "8" was released. As a band, we've waited for our entire career for someone to give us this chance, and we're going to do everything we can to make the most of it. We can't wait to hit the ground running and continue to work our collective asses off knowing now that Basick Records has got our back."
Alongside the announcement, the band and label today released a video for their stunning track, ‘Inside’, destined to be the opening track on ALAYA’S forthcoming debut album, 'Thrones',scheduled for release via Basick Records in 2013.
ALAYA are Evan Graham Dunn (Vocals/Guitar), David Jacob Robison (Drums), Michael Brandt Rinkenberger (Bass/Vocals).
Michael Brandt Rinkenberger, ALAYA's Bass Player/Vocalist added, "For the 'Inside' video we decided to work again with accredited producer and our long time friend, Bob Packo. We started with the concept of a play through but chose to approach it in a different way. The camera angles, lighting and focus are not typical of a play through video and create a unique experience for the viewer that fits well with the energy conveyed by the music. We shot the video DIY style at our rehearsal space. Bob brought a crew in and we cleared the space, hung back drops, set up lighting and camera rigs and spent a full day shooting.....shooting, eating crappy pizza and drinking craft beers. We got some great footage and had a blast putting the whole thing together. Bob and his team edited and wrapped everything up for us in a few days and we're excited about how it turned out!" Find out more about the band in their blog interview - here