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OriginLebanon, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresProgressive death metal[1][2]
LabelsIronClad, Hope Prevails, Burning
Solamors, Blind Influence, Bloodline Severed
MembersAlex Kenis
Joel Thorpe
Joe Walmer
Travis Turner
Keith Isenberg
Vinnie Aldrege
Bryan Clarkson
Travis Wagner
Donny Swigart

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,[3] 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.[]

In 2005, the band released Aletheian Live DVD, featuring two hours of edited live concert footage, concept music video, behind the scenes recording documentary, and more.[]

Aletheian has contributed two songs, "Break in the Clouds" and "Exaleipheian", recorded live in Ohio for Spindust Records' DVD compilation video 10/20 Underground Rock Show in 2004.[]

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.[3]

In early 2007, Aletheian signed to IronClad Recordings, an imprint of Metal Blade Records.[4]

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".[5]


Current members
Name Instrument Years Other groups
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
Former members
Name Instrument years Other groups
Travis Turner drums 1999-2003, 2008 Solamors, UnTeachers, Mid-Evil, The Satire, The Houselights, Half Bomber, My Brother the Woodmaker
Keith Isenberg bass 1997-2002
Vinnie Aldrich vocals 1997-1998
Bryan Clarkson drums 1997-1999
Donny Swigart guitar 1999-2006 Enshrouded by Despair


  • Travis Wagner (formerly in Dirtfedd) - bass (2003)
  • Andy High (formerly in Blind Influence) - bass (2007)
  • Derek Corzine (formerly in Bloodline Severed) - guitar (2007)
  • Chris Keeney - guitar, clean vocals (2007-2008) (formerly in Blind Influence)
  • Amy Lynn Corzine - female vocals (Whisper from Heaven, formerly in Bloodline Severed) (2007)



As Crutch

  • Awe and Disbelief (1999)
  • Transitions (1999)
  • Hope Prevails (2001; Hope Prevails Productions)

As Aletheian

Other songs

  • "Breathing Murder" originally performed by Living Sacrifice on Living Sacrifice Tribute (2001; Clenched Fist Records)


  1. ^ a b c Prato, Greg. "Aletheian - Dying Vine". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Neilstein, Vince (May 13, 2008). "ALETHEIAN SUFFER FROM A.D.D. WITH DYING VINE". MetalSucks. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b Aletheian biography.
  4. ^ "ALETHEIAN". Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ Eric (April 25, 2016). "EP 24 - Alex Kenis (Solamors/Aletheian)". Shoot the Shred Podcast. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ Nash, Len (August 31, 2003). "Aletheian - Apolutrosis". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ Ogle, Ryan. "Aletheian - Dying Vine". Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ Thomas, Erik (August 2005). "Aletheian - Dying Vine". Retrieved 2016.

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