In the modern rock/metal scene Asking Alexandria continues to gain popularity and following the reunion with longtime vocalist Danny Worsnop the band is ready to accomplish much more with the eponymous new album.
“Alone In A Room” starts with somber vibes and crispy sound clarity before engaging in an energetic mixture of heartfelt melodic guitars and modern electro synths layers that eventually lead to a big memorable chorus.
“Into The Fire” skillfully blends familiar crushing metalcore guitar driven dynamics and widely accessible melodies while vocals smoothly shift between unrestrained enraged screams and particularly passionate clean delivery surrounded by a flamboyant series of groovy electro arrangements.
“When The Lights Come On” sounds particularly radio friendly focusing on bright easy melodic instrumental passages carrying delicate darkened nuances yet the main vibrant grooves owe their remarkable strength to a super catchy ensemble of electro layers.
On “Vultures” the bands puts aside chunky distortions to deliver an acoustic piece that simply focuses on an impressive vocal performance channeling introspective feelings and enjoyable melancholic tonalities.
Starting with subtle atmospheric quality “Eve” quickly becomes loud and slightly ferocious with cohesive gritty metalcore style guitar riffing and quite angered screams but doesn’t refrain from providing a fair amount of rock catchiness in the smooth chorus.
“I Am One” confidently delivers fierce guitar driven grooves with a bit of punk rebellion attitude while the multi-layered electro arrangements constantly evoke darker dramatic tones and the dazzling atmospheric melodies add stylish diversity.
Overall, on this self-titled effort Asking Alexandria maintain a mainstream approach but seem to have refined their songwriting skills and definitely display great band chemistry resulting in a sincerely passionate work of music.