Release Date: Aug 6, 2013
Record label: Sumerian Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Post-Grunge, Metalcore
It's a pretty common practice for bands to mature over time. As they get older and the rigors of touring set in, bandmembers eventually tire of writing about girls and drugs and move on to more personal songwriting. It's an inevitable part of life, and though modern metalcore has been immune for some time, it would seem time is finally starting to catch up with Asking Alexandria, who, in a move away from the electronic outbursts of their earlier work, push their sound toward hard rock with their third album, From Death to Destiny.
Should a guy with addictions as well-publicized as Danny Worsnop’s really be starting his band’s new album with the line “You’re fucking crazy if you think that I’ll ever change”? Well, that’s the first lyric heard on From Death To Destiny, and it’s the perfect beginning to an album that blurs the lines between solipsism and sociopathy, and between hedonism and nihilism, even as it throws metalcore, electronic music and a healthy dose of hair metal into a Pro Tools blender set on “awesome. ” Yes, there are breakdowns and digital stutters and an electronic intro on this album, but that intro sounds more like late-’90s darkcore artists like Witchman or Panacea than dubstep or trance. The disc’s latter half sounds like it could have been recorded in 1989—and that’s a good thing.