Release Date: Mar 25, 2016
Record label: Sumerian Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore, Heavy Metal, Screamo
There's something to be said about letting go. In 2015, after a period of internal turmoil and divisive creative differences about the band's direction, Asking Alexandria vocalist Danny Worsnop left the band. Founding member Ben Bruce describes it as a dark time -- for both morale and creativity -- that would inform the name of the metalcore quintet's fourth official album, The Black.
It's finally here. Our thoughts on 'The Black'. So, here we are. A full year after the departure of vocalist Danny Worsnop, the time has come to unveil Asking Alexandria 2.0 to the world. It’s an unenviable task, not just because of such monumental change but because of what came before it. In ….
With ex-Down & Dirty/Make Me Famous vocalist Denis Stoff stepping up to bat in place of founding member Danny Worsnop, it is a huge relief to hear Asking Alexandria retain the metalcore stronghold they laid down for themselves in 2009. Stoff and guitarist Ben Bruce man the fort like Roman generals on The Black as it pairs roaring riffs with digital distortion to create an ambient, edgy, even warbled sound, all while still holding up the beloved Asking Alexandria aesthetic. Just as 2009's Stand Up And Scream helped lay the groundwork for contemporary electronica-influenced metalcore, The Black continues to carve out a new direction for the genre.