Music / Asking Alexandria
Asking Alexandria is one of the most popular Metalcore
bands of the 21st century, from York. They are currently one of the modern faces of the genre and Sumerian Records flagship band with a rabid fandom
. Although they traffic on the usual metalcore tropes of screaming vocals and breakdowns, they distinguish themselves by being influenced by 80's Hard Rock
and featuring euro influenced electronica sections.
They debuted in 2009 with Stand up and Scream
was a modest success with an Electronicore
sound, boued by the viral success of first single "The Final Episode" the album managed to pave the way for later success.
Their sophomore record Reckless and Relentless
made them a smash, debuting on multiple charts and turning them into a mainstream, headliner act. this album saw them start to move away from electronic elements and the addition of hard rock and hair metal elements.
Their third album, From Death to Destiny
is not only their greatest success so far and the result of a drastic change in sound and image, almost completely ditching metalcore
in favor of hard rock
and arena rock
with slight metalcore and screamo elements. While many older fans have griped, this has broken them through almost fully into the hard rock mainstream, with the power ballad
"Moving On" being especially successful.
In 2015, singer Danny Worsnop left the band due to his fading interest in metalcore, and to focus on his 80s rock influenced project We Are Harlot. He has since been replaced by former Make Me Famous and Down & Dirty singer Denis Shaforostov, better known as Denis Stoff. Their fourth album, The Black,
a return to their previous screamo sound.
Tropes Associated with Asking Alexandria
- Ascended Fanboy: When they got to perform Youth Gone Wild with Sebastion Bach from Skid Row.
- On the other side of it with new singer Denis Stoff, who was clearly a massive fan going back to his first band "Make Me Famous", and once uploaded a clip of him covering a segment of "Killing You" a whole 2 years before he'd get to perform it with them.
- Balloon Belly: In just four short years since becoming famous, Danny Worsnop has gained alot of weight, in fact he's almost unrecognizable compared to how he used to look.
- Careful with that Axe: Worsnop had a rather demonic screech back in the day, now he can mostly muster a dry hardcore yell.
- Electronicore: A big part of their early sound featured rave influenced breaks in their songs and electronic drum beats. On their second album they started to distance themselves from the genre, with a full break from it as of their third.
- Emo Teen: A big part of their early image (their first album even featured the lead singer of Alesana. but as of From Death to Destiny they've ditched it for a drunken, hedonistic party image, with beards, unkempt clothing and hair, and leather cloths.
- Face of the Band: Guitarist Ben Bruce is the true brains behind the band.
- Follow the Leader: Their hatedom has levied this accusation against their early sound; describing it as a mix between The Devil Wears Prada's ultra slick melodic Metalcore, Bring Me The Horizon's Emo Teen oriented look, and Enter Shikari's rave informed electronicore. Even their shift to Hard rock has been criticized as pulling the same trick Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine, and Black Veil Brides have already pulled.
- I Am Very British: Averted. Most of the band is from York, Danny lived in Texas for a while in his youth which seems to have resulted in a case of What the Hell Is That Accent?, and Denis is from Ukraine.
- New Sound Album: "From Death to Destiny" for switching them from metalcore to hard rock
- Out of Genre Experience: "Not The American Average" was one of their first times playing in a hard rock style (albeit with breakdowns and emo style singing). While it wouldn't sound out of place on their newer records, on the metalcore heavy "Stand Up and Scream" it sounded very out of place, becoming the black sheep hit of the record.
- Power Ballad: "Someone Somewhere" was their first, although "Moving On" is a straighter example.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: OH!!!!!!! MY!!!!!! GOD!!!!!!!!!
- Sex Drugs And Rock and Roll: Most of the lyrics past the first album are this. This is virtually absent after Denis took over lead vocals.
- Vocal Evolution: Worsnop's vocals have changed dramatically due to heavy drug and alcohol consumption, along with a torn vocal cord in 2012. When they first came out he had a very wide range and a high pitched voice that resembled a british Anthony Green or Craig Owens. Now his voice is a lot rougher and lower pitched. In fact he can barely sing "Not the American Average" anymore.
- It is however good to note that the lower range he was left with, he has tried hard to improe his ability in. This shows on the Rock Mix of "The Death of Me"