Asking Alexandria is one of the most popular Metalcore/Screamo 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 and hatedom. 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 He has since been replaced by former Make Me Famous and Down & Dirty singer Denis Shaforostov, better known as Denis Stoff.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, is a return to their previous screamo sound. In 2017, Worsnop returned to the band, and the band released their self titled album and embarked on a tour with Black Veil Brides.
In 2020, the band released their sixth album, Like A House on Fire.
Tropes Associated with Asking Alexandria
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: During a live performance in Seattle in 2011, Danny Worsnop appeared on stage barely sober enough to stand, let alone perform, and behaved quite belligerently towards the audience. He was eventually escorted offstage mid-set, prompting the band to call members of the audience up to the stage to fill in for Worsnop so they could finish their set.
- 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.
- Atomic F-Bomb: The opening lyrics of their debut album are "FUCK THIS!" shouted in gang vocals.
You're all so fucking outrageous, I can't take it! Motherfuckers more than a little complacent!
- "Where Did It Go?", the fourth song on their self-titled album has a chorus full of f-bombs.
- Badass Boast: "I AM ROCK AND ROLL! LIVING A LIFE YOU CAN ONLY DREAM OF!"
- Balloon Belly: In just four short years since becoming famous, Worsnop has gained a lot 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.
- Canon Discontinuity: When Danny returned to the band, they stopped playing any songs from Denis' album.
- Drugs Are Good: Some of the lyrics to "Another Bottle Down".You should really try this sometime'cause it feels so good.
- Darker and Edgier: From Death to Destiny qualifies as this in comparison with the band's prior releases.
- 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.) As of Reckless & Relentless they've ditched it for a drunken, hedonistic party image, with beards, unkempt clothing and hair, and leather clothes.
- The Hedonist: Danny Worsnop. Even after beating most of his addictions, it was still his image for "From Death to Destiny" and his other band We Are Harlot.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: For a while, Worsnop became notorious for his poor vocal abilities during live performances, mostly due to him being intoxicated during said performances. His ability to perform live has improved over time, however.
- 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.
- Intercourse with You: "Not the American Average" and "Take Some Time"
- Last Note Nightmare: "Down to Hell", a rather straightforward rock track, ends with 20 seconds worth of pure audio assault that only could come out of the depths of hell. Fits the theme of the song, huh?
- Life of the Party: The music video for "To The Stage" depicts Danny as this.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The lyrics of "To the Stage" appear to describe corrupting a "beautiful girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders" only to feel overwhelmingly guilty about it in the aftermath.
- New Sound Album: From Death to Destiny brought in more Hard Rock influences, largely due to Danny growing sick of metalcore. After he left and Denis replaced him, The Black featured more metalcore and electronic influences. Their self titled album took an entire Genre Shift into Arena Rock. Like A House On Fire brought in influences of pop rock and electronic rock.
- Ode to Intoxication: "Another Bottle Down" and "White Line Fever" could be seen as this.
- 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 & Roll: Most of the lyrics past the first album are this. This is virtually absent after Denis took over lead vocals.
- Take That!: Danny clearly didn't think much of Denis taking his spot. At the time he filed a legal injunction to stop them from using his backing vocal tracks live and accused him of mimingnote and then after his return said he didn't consider Denis to be a replacement, but "keeping his seat warm". Also, Danny has never sung a single song from Denis' album since his return.
- "Undivided" has never been confirmed, but is widely considered to be one Ben wrote about Danny. The spoken word ran by Ben in the middle of the song is outright vicious.
- Vocal Evolution: Worsnop's vocals have changed dramatically due to heavy drug consumption such as alcohol, 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 much 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 improve his ability in. This shows on the Rock Mix of "The Death of Me"
- What Have I Become?: The lyrics of "Until the End" are about this.