Asking Alexandria "From Death To Destiny" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:59:31
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Asking Alexandria have got some balls making From Death to Destiny.
It's a bold statement from the UK boys, and it pays off in a big way. It would've been easy to repeat the formula of Reckless & Relentless, marrying piercing screams to jagged electronics and those swaggering strip club grooves. From Death To Destiny functions, not as a departure, but as a sign post of the band's evolution. If you're an Asking Alexandria fan, you're definitely going to love it. If you're not, you may love it as well. The melodies have been amplified exponentially. Check out the soaring final moment "The Road", a plea for "a normal life again". As Ben Bruce and Cameron Liddell's guitars uphold a vibrant melody, Danny Worsnop carries the biggest hook of the band's career thus far with the kind of arena-filling bravado legends are made of.
"White Line Fever" channels Mötley Crüe and Guns N' Roses at their most excessive, while adding a modern darkness a la Slipknot and Korn. "Don't Pray For Me" kicks things off in perfect fashion, intercutting a speech from a particularly memorable show with Worsnop's assurance not to worry about him. It's a dark anthemic banger that's bound to get fists in the air from Los Angeles all the way to Dubai.
"Poison" slips from guttural screaming into a melody worthy of strip club ass-shaking and "Believe" offers a brighter outlook as well. That's the great thing about Asking Alexandria they've got the kind of grooves that can draw female audience—a rarity in modern metal—and of course that provides for some juicy and steamy subject matter.
Ultimately, this is the right rock record for this generation. It's irresistible at points and invasive that other. It's as ballsy as modern rock gets.
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