Asking alexandria where did it go?

Asking Alexandria announce fifth album, release song

 

Following the announcement of their album, Asking Alexandria have announced the title and have released another song. The new record will be self-titled and is set for a 15th December release. The album is the first to have original frontman Danny Worsnop back after his departure in 2015.

The new song released today is called Where Did It Go? and throws some serious shade at modern metal bands… It sounds a bit like this:

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Asking Alexandria: Denis out, Danny in?

Danny is back?! It appears so…

In a Facebook Live video, guitarist and founder Ben Bruce’s simple statement of “we have parted ways with Denis and there are a number of reasons for that” sent many fans into a shock because they knew what was to come later in the broadcast from all the social media teasing the band and Sumerian Records have done lately.

Ben then went on to say the main reason behind the departure was Shaforostov not replying to any messages for weeks, and when he did it was something along the lines of “Asking Alexandria does not exist unless I get what’s owed to me”, which many have related to his departure from Make Me Famous back in 2012 despite the details of those events not being fully known.

Bruce then mentioned the fact they debated ending the band, but decided with upcoming massive tours and the relationship with former frontman Danny Worsnop patched up following the aftermath of his departure in January last year to continue, asking him to return.

You can watch the full video here and see a classic video from the Danny years below:

Upon A Burning Body release new music video ‘Already Broken’

It’s been a while since Upon A Burning Body have released an album, but in two weeks everyone will receive their blessings with the upcoming album ‘Straight From The Barrio‘ thanks to Sumerian Records. With that in mind, they have dropped a new song titled ‘Already Broken‘ which you can listen to below and wrap your head around!

They will be touring across America with Asking AlexandriaBorn of Osiris and more and you can see the dates below!

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Everyone Dies In Utah – Self Titled [REVIEW]

Being a veteran band in the more modernised metalcore that a lot of new fans are a part of now, Everyone Dies In Utah have been a mid-card mainstay for many years with their albums featuring strong electronic influences and chugging riffs and the ‘by the book’ screams/cleans you’ve probably heard a dozen times before. With every album they’ve been maturing and growing a lot and whilst their music has always been a ‘hit and miss’ between audiences, their latest self titled record is a surefire way of bringing something new from the EDIU camp that will please their old fans as well as turning a few heads of new fans.

Opening the record with ‘Relentless’ flows into a more aggressive post-hardcore regime that already shows a more structured flow to the bands music compared to the years gone by. The synth elements still play a major part in the bands repertoire, but its a much more solidified and less garish for the most part. The next few tracks give off the same similarities as the opening track but incorporate a bit more from their past. The high-octave electronics don’t overpower the rest of the band and actually help boost up the rest of the instrumentation. Danny Martinez’s vocals are a nice fit in to this new age of EDIU and have truly improved since 2011’s ‘Seeing Clearly’.

As soon as you get used to hearing the first few songs on the new record, you start to notice a trend in their writing for most of their music on this self titled. One thing they don’t emphasise a lot on the record is that their breakdowns are a more prominent feature. Even with them throwing in a fraction more of what was considered a crucial part of metalcore/post-hardcore back in 2008-2010, it doesn’t completely dampen down the sound and actually shows more of their aggression within their guitar riffs and their beautifully monikered chord progressions in their choruses. ‘Simply Free’ shows this off perfectly from start to finish and could be considered to be the more ‘standout’ track.

The second half of the album sadly doesn’t have much left that you haven’t heard time and time again. ‘Three Pointer’ brings you more chugging guitars / tremolo picking which the electronics adding a lot more to the simplistic sections of the record, which the tracks following suit feeling more and more like filler than anything. This puts a dampener on the first 50%, as with this newly defined era of the band and having moderately changed their sound, they are still somewhat closed off with a new found look on the genre. With that being said, one of the final tracks on the record ‘Dr Fishy, No!’ feels like such a blast from the past you will almost certainly feel like you’re wearing those colourful Asking Alexandra shirts browsing MySpace once again.

With everything the band has brought to this record they have definitely found something new and improved that makes them more flavourful. Unfortunately this seems to be the starting point as with most of the album being an enjoyable listen, there are a few songs that aren’t gripping enough after a few listens. This is Everyone Dies In Utah 2.0, but this model needs a few more upgrades before it reaches its full capacity.

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Released: October 7th 2016
For Fans Of: Like Moths To Flames / Crown The Empire
Label: InVogue Records

LIVE REVIEW: Asking Alexandria, KOKO London 16/08/16

English rock giant Asking Alexandria (joined by Shvpes) took to the stage last night at Camden’s KOKO London only to be greeted by the iconic atmosphere of the esteemed area.

Before the first act even began playing the crowd seemed more rowdy and hungry than ever, blaring choruses to rock classics and instigating and mosh-pit or two whilst the tech were still even setting up, making Shvpes‘ arrival all the more felt.

The metal quintet from Birmingham have recently been through the mill themselves, undergoing a whole reshaping and branding of the band, they’ve had to really put in a shift to create a new name for themselves and reinstate their cytota-status… So with their willingness and the crowd’s vehemence in mind they certainly packed a real punch.

Despite only having a half-hour(ish) set they still managed to electrify and energise an excitably ecstatic crowd with mosh pits, circle pits and an incalculable amount of crowd-surfers! Aptly whetting the appetites of the sold out KOKO London.

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[8/10]

It is to be noted that fan-favorite Ben Bruce (lead guitar/vocals) was sadly absent for this show (and for the entirety of the short Euro-tour in light of the immanent birth of his baby girl).

The loss of such a maverick did indeed leave a big Ben Bruce shaped gap on the stage but it was made up for “tenfold” by the rest of the band’s buoyancy and the hunger of the fans.

So half an hour after the closing of Shvpes‘ set, the ambiance of Asking Alexandria dawned upon the venue like an infectiously viral reticence, silently articulating the buzz and excitement for the rockstars’ arrival.

The band’s mere presence sparked an explosion of exhilaration as Denis stood the crowd up and got them going early; before the drop of I Won’t Give In caused the gates of hell itself to open.

Shortly after, the band threw it back to the pre-Danny exodus with big hitters Run Free and The Death of Me which went down exceptionally well as the jumping and the screaming ensued. This also made light of Denis’ increasingly more and more Worsnop-esque vocal range.

Albeit, still not quite as prolific as the ex-frontman but Denis is starting to look so much more comfortable as an Asking Alexandria singer – far from how he looked when he started, meaning no more mic cupping and actually singing songs now. He’s growing into Danny’s massive boots a little more each performance and foregrounding just how effectively and without hassle Asking Alexandria are moving on from the previous vocalist.

The next two songs, Let it Sleep and Closure showed the crowd that this setlist was going to be a nicely varied medley of AA generations. Veering through The Black and then right round to Reckless and Relentless Asking Alexandria stick to their guns and keep the golden oldies going, to no complaint of the fans of course as they continue to mosh and rock on without signs of mercy.

If you’re a regular at Asking Alexandria‘s concerts you’ll be used to the intermission where Ben Bruce gives it the Freddy Mercury styled crowd control with a few “wo-ohs” before his own Bruce-spin, where the crowd usually insults his Asking Alexandria counterparts in unison, however with no Ben, this wasn’t to be.

Luckily, bassist Sam Bettley emerged from the shadows to fill the gap to make an announcement in light of what he described as “the elephant in the room” (or more appropriately, the one that wasn’t in the room). Sam ran us through the absence then generously incited a big round of applause for the stand-in guitarist who he invited out on stage.

After an insanely energetic and internally eclectic evening of music, Asking Alexandria rounded the occasion off with an even further throwback than the last, in the form of signature songs, Not the American Average and A Prophecy before closing the night with their encore and most predictably well received song The Final Episode.

In conclusion, Asking Alexandria absolutely smashed the show last night. Small venue? No problem. No Ben? No problem. The band are so procedurally brilliant at what they do,  it’s become a habit to arrive and amaze wherever they go.

[10/10]
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