“Asking Alexandria” Album a Worthy Successor

Posted on May 23, 2011 by

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The new Asking Alexandria album “Reckless and Relentless” was released on April 5th, 2011. This CD is the follow-up to their amazing album “Stand Up and Scream,” which certainly held true to their aggressive sound. Their new work definitely takes a lyrically dark approach. —Not that it’s a bad thing, but you can point out anger more easily in this album.

Different additions to this album include additional synth breaks, interludes, and layers of screaming. The first act of the CD has a slower tone, which welcomes the listener into the album. It has more of a rock ‘n roll vibe without feeling like heavy metal. The song “Dedication” separates the first act and the second act of the album; this track serves as a prelude to the song “Someone, Somewhere.”

The second half of the CD is more reminiscent of the band’s older material; it is heavier, and there are more breakdowns. The best songs on the CD are “Breathless” and “Reckless and Relentless” because the vocals are seamlessly intertwined with the lyrics. The song “Morte et Dabo” is probably the heaviest song on the album. The band opened with this number at recent concerts, and it is a frightening beginning with disturbing lyrics and an ominous tone.

As someone who has been avidly awaiting this release, I’m not disappointed. Asking Alexandria has always been a favorite of mine, and they will remain so for the foreseeable future. If you don’t enjoy violence or heavy screaming, this album probably isn’t for you. But if you enjoyed Asking’s previous album, then you won’t have a problem with their newest offering at all. Asking Alexandria is good at what they do, and fans hope to see more from them soon.

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