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18

Asking Alexandria – Reckless And Relentless – Review

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Despite the fact that some see Asking Alexandria as a cancerous addition to metalcore, one that surfaced around the genre’s tail-end and was expected to be welcomed by fans with their repetitive chugs and contrasting key synth, I believed there must have been some redeeming qualities left behind the wake of the bands debut album “Stand Up And Scream.” But from the opening words of “Alerion,” an anthem shout of “Fuck this!,” it looked as if the record would be everything we expected, in all of its throaty, predictable, synth glory. Well a lot can change in just a few years time. Recently Asking Alexandria, like many others in the genre (Attack Attack!, The Word Alive), have chosen to release more thought-out and meaningful efforts, in this case AA’s sophomore record, “Reckless And Relentless.”

What turned off most people about previous Asking Alexandria efforts was their lack of tact. The band seemed preoccupied filling their songs with repetitive chugging, vomit growls, and shallow lyrics, instead of focusing on creating a series of moving pieces of heavy and melodic metalcore. ”Reckless And Relentless” however, has taken several defining steps forward in the bands much-needed progression. Veering away from sounding similar to bands like We Came As Romans and Woe, Is Me, this new album closely resembles fellow British artists Bring Me The Horizon and their latest striking record, “There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep It a Secret.” which housed plenty of brazen guitars and crushing waves of colossal sound.

All facets from Danny’s throaty snarls to Ben Bruce‘s contrasting clean vocals, and the over all production (which was once again handled by Joey Sturgis) have all been mostly re-tooled. Even the band’s love for mood-setting intros covered in synth has changed for the better, as “Welcome” drops the amateur programming of yesteryear and casts an eerie shadow with haunting pianos and subtle beats until a razor-sharp set of charging riffs lead into the harmonized chorus’ and brutal breakdowns of “Dear Insanity.“ Sure these Brits still reach into their bag of used tricks for several tracks of monotonous chugging as well as piercing, high-pitched shouts, but this time around they are gussied up and surrounded by melodic guitars, serenading choruses, and haunting interludes. The presentation this time around feels much different.

Asking Alexandria even softens their approach with a hard rock rendition in “Someone, Somewhere” that feels completely out of character, but some may enjoy the reprieve from the albums frequent breakdowns.

So if sauced British vocals and fierce metalcore are your fancy, and you don’t mind dealing with a few misses on this steady progression of an album, then you should forget the scene kids that use old Asking Alexandria as their anthem and give “Reckless And Relentless” a listen or two. You might just hear a track that reminds you of an artist you actually respect. Don’t look too hard however because this band has a long way to go before being any type of original. [Staff]

Score: 2.5 (out of 5)

Release Date: April 5th, 2011
Record Label: Sumerian Records
Genre: Metalcore

RIYL: Bring Me The Horizon, Attack Attack!, Of Mice & Men

Track Listing:
1. Welcome
2. Dear Insanity
3. Closure
4. A Lesson Never Learned
5. To The Stage
6. Dedication
7. Someone, Somewhere
8. Breathless
9. The Match
10. Another Bottle Down
11. Reckless & Relentless
12. Morte Et Dabo

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