|Origin||Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Genres||Progressive death metal|
|Labels||IronClad, Hope Prevails, Burning|
|Solamors, Blind Influence, Bloodline Severed|
Aletheian are a Christian progressive/melodic death metal band. They formed in Lebanon, Pennsylvania in 1997 under the name Crutch, and then changed their name to "Aletheian" prior to the 2003 album Apolutrosis. Guitarist Alex Kenis joined Becoming the Archetype in 2007. In the early 2007, Aletheian signed to IronClad Recordings, an imprint of Metal Blade Records.
Influenced by Death, Cynic, Carcass, Emperor, Fates Warning, Dream Theater, Meshuggah, and At the Gates, the band was originally formed under the name Crutch in 1997. They later released their debut, ...Hope Prevails, independently in 2001. The album was re-released on Burning Records in 2002.
The group changed its name to Aletheian, a derivation of the Greek word for "truth", in the sense of "discovering", in 2003 when the band underwent a major line-up change acquiring two new members, and made the decision to take the band to the touring level for the first time.
The style and material of the band did not change with the name, combining elements of technical, progressive, Scandinavian, and melodic death metal. Apolutrosis, a full-length Concept album, pre-release made available independently in 2003. It was re-mixed and re-mastered for full-release in 2004 on Hope Prevails Productions. The same year ...Hope Prevails was partially re-recorded, re-mixed, re-mastered, and re-released with updated artwork and the name Aletheian on Hope Prevails Productions. Dying Vine was Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Studio Insomnia. The album was released in July 2005 by Hope Prevails Productions.
Aletheian has played festivals such as March Metal Meltdown, MACRoCk, Sick as Sin, Metal Mindrage, Icthus, and Cornerstone Festival as well as with bands such as Cephalic Carnage, Becoming the Archetype, Biohazard, Buried Alive, Antithesis, Withered Earth, Disgorge, Zao, Living Sacrifice, Society's Finest, Tantrum of the Muse, Underoath, among others.
In 2016, Alex Kenis did an interview on Shoot the Shred Podcast, stating he had written all of the songs for an upcoming album, but has been unable to record it due to "life happening".
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|Alex Kenis||lead guitar, keyboards, clean vocals||1997-present||Becoming the Archetype, Solamors, Synoptic Rise|
|Joel Thorpe||unclean vocals||1998-present|
|Josiah "Joe" Walmer||drums||2003-present||Solace of Requiem, Blind Influence|
|Travis Turner||drums||1999-2003, 2008||Solamors, UnTeachers, Mid-Evil, The Satire, The Houselights, Half Bomber, My Brother the Woodmaker|
|Donny Swigart||guitar||1999-2006||Enshrouded by Despair|