Label: Sumerian Records
After two years Asking Alexandria has released their new album From Death To Destiny. Starting this album off is the opening track titled “Don’t Pray For Me” which starts off with audio clips from a past show in Seattle Washington where lead singer Danny Worsnop had an issue arise where he became heavily intoxicated and was unable to finish a set, one audio piece that really stood out was that of guitarist Ben Bruce asking the crowd who would help support him putting his “best friend” Danny through rehab. It is no secret that Danny has battled his demons with alcoholism and drug use, but seems to be healthy and at his best. The next track is titled “Killing You” which speaks of an on again, off again relationship struggle that Danny had struggled with. “The Death Of Me” is the third track on this album and also the first single that was released; this track contains the lyrics “now I’m back, and I’m better than ever” which really sets the mood for the rest of the album, this track hits home for fans who have followed the ups and downs of this band. Skip ahead a few tracks to song number seven titled “Believe” which starts out with an interlude of drums and rhythm guitar, and runs into a more melodic side of singer Danny Wornsop, but don’t worry fans of Worsnop’s signature deep growling vocals will get their fix on this track as well. “White Line Fever” is track number nine which speaks of the dark side of being in the music industry, continuing along with the demons many artists face; drugs, alcohol, etc. Track number ten is a track that I cannot seem to listen to just once, titled “Moving On”. Worsnop’s vocals show you a side of Danny that not many are familiar with. Danny is a very big fan of bands such as Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Whitesnake, etc. and those musical influences definitely show through on this track, you will feel like you are back in 1988 when you listen to this track. The following track titled “The Road” continues on the same page, speaking of how the road can wear you down, and the things that you miss when you’re touring, giving the fans a look at how the industry really isn’t always “glitz and glamour” all of the time. Closing this album is the song “Until the End” featuring Howard Jones formerly of Killswitch Engage. If you are looking for a very deep look into life on the road and the tolls that it takes on a musician this is a great album to pick up. As a long time Asking Alexandria fan it is a bit of a different sound then what most fans are used to, but definitely still has the AA trademark hardcore/metalcore/ electronic sound just with a few twists. A lyrically superb album, all raw emotions are exuded. This album touches base on what a lot of artists are battling/dealing with at this time, and in the past. I wish I had more than two thumbs to put up for this record.
Review by Harley HHM
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