Asking Alexandria

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Asking Alexandria
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Asking Alexandria at With Full Force Festival 2013.
Background information
Origin York, North Yorkshire, England
Genres Metalcore,[1] heavy metal,[2] electronicore[3][4][5]
Years active 2008–present
Labels Sumerian
Associated acts We Are Harlot
Website askingalexandriaofficial.com
Members Ben Bruce
Danny Worsnop
James Cassells
Cameron Liddell
Sam Bettley
Past members Ryan Binns
Joe Lancaster

Asking Alexandria are an English metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire. It was founded in 2008 when Ben Bruce contacted his old companions upon returning to the UK after residing in Dubai. The current line-up of the group consists of Ben Bruce (lead guitar), Danny Worsnop (vocals), Cameron Liddell (rhythm guitar), Sam Bettley (bass guitar) and James Cassells (drums).

History

2006–2009: Roots, formation and Stand Up and Scream

Main article: Stand Up and Scream

Ben Bruce, the bands current lead guitarist and backing vocalist, originally formed the band in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2006. The band's original line up consisted of completely different members compared to that of the bands lineup from 2008 and released their debut album titled The Irony of Your Perfection.[6] After realizing he wouldn't be able to achieve international success in Dubai, he moved back to England, Nottingham in 2008 and reassembled the band with new members from the local area, including lead singer Danny Worsnop, of which he had moved into his flat apartment in York.[7]

Later that year the band became a six-pirece after recruiting Ryan Binns on synthesizer's, James Cassells on drums, Joe Lancaster on bass and Cameron Liddell on rhythm guitar.[8] later that year Binns decided to leave the band and in January 2009 and Lancaster also decided to leave and was replaced with Sam Bettley.[8] Lancaster later joined the metalcore band With One Last Breath.[9]

Bruce carried the name over due to not wanting to bother to come up with a brand new name, so he stuck with the old one however insists that despite having the same name it is not the same band.[6] When asked why he chose that particular name, he explained that "'Most bands have a pretty shit band name, so I just came up with something. I came up with Alexandria as a human name, because people relate to humans." although the reason for using the word 'asking' is not explained.[7]

The bands official logo used since the release of Stand Up and Scream.

Stand Up and Scream was recorded during Spring 2009 and was produced by Joey Sturgis.[8][10] The band signed to Sumerian Records and released their debut album on 15 September.[10] The album charted only in the US peaking at 4 in the Top Heatseekers, 24 in the Top Hard Rock Albums and 29 in the Top Independent Albums.[11] The band toured across America as a support act for the remainder of the year, supporting Evergreen Terrace along with For the Fallen Dreams and Unholy in October,[12] and Alesana along with From First to Last, The Word Alive and Memphis May Fire in November and December.[13]

2010–2012: Reckless & Relentless

Main article: Reckless & Relentless
Asking Alexandria performing at Reading in November 2011.

They toured across the US as a headlining act in March with bands We Came as Romans, From First To Last, Our Last Night, and A Bullet For Pretty Boy.[14] The band supported metalcore outfit Attack Attack! throughout March and April along with Breathe Carolina, I See Stars and Bury Tomorrow in the US.[15] They later supported Dance Gavin Dance during their European tour in April to early May along with In Fear and Faith,[16] during which they performed at The Bamboozle festival on 1 May.[17] The band performed at the "Thrash & Burn" tour as a headline act along with Born of Osiris, Kittie and Stick To Your Guns from 16 July to 14 August in America.[18]

After touring the band announced that they would release a limited edition EP and DVD titled Life Gone Wild both digitally and excursively at Hot Topic on 21 December 2010 and would feature a new song titled "Breathless" which was initially a demo for their debut album Stand Up and Scream and multiple covers while the DVD provides video footage of the band themselves.[19] The band also announced that they would release a remix album titled Stepped Up And Scratched and was initially announced as the remix version of their debut and would be released in January 2011,[20] however was later announced to be released in November instead and would contain remixes of songs from their to be released second album.[21] Their second album, titled Reckless & Relentless was released 4 April 2011.[22] This time, the album did chart in the UK, peaking at 7 on the UK Rock Chart, and also charted in Australia at 30 on the Australian Albums Chart.[23][24] The band also released a cover of Akon's song Right Now (Na Na Na) for the Punk Goes... compilation series, specifically for the album Punk Goes Pop 3.[25]

Asking Alexandria later performed at the "Soundwave 2011 Festival" in Australia during late February and early March.[26] In April and May the band headlined in the UK with support acts Of Mice & Men and Chelsea Grin.[27] Also in April comedian Charlie Sheen had offered the band a spot on his 'My Violent Torpedo Of Truth' tour across the US however the band had to turn it down due to their touring schedule at the time, but expressed their flattery and admitted to being fans of Sheen.[28] The group was also the headliner for the "Vans Warped Tour" 2011 in July.[29] The band co-headlined a toured with rap rock band Hollywood Undead throughout November across America, dubbed the World War III tour.[30] After their tour both bands supported Avenged Sevenfold during their headline arena tour throughout the remainder of November to mid December.[31]

On 1 May 2012, Asking Alexandria released a trailer for a new "shocking" short film entitled, Through Sin + Self Destruction. The release date was set for 15 May. The film promises a "controversial, uncensored look into the real lives of a new era of rockstars for today's generation".[32] The film contains a trilogy of three music videos from the band's second album, Reckless and Relentless. The songs are Reckless and Relentless, To the Stage, and Dear Insanity. The film is available now exclusively on iTunes.

On 13 August 2012, Asking Alexandria announced on their Facebook page that a new single entitled "Run Free" was available for free download through a promotion with Axe.

On 23 October 2012, the band announced that their third album would be more "radio-friendly" with guitarist Ben Bruce stating that "...if things go as planned, will have a lot of radio singles". Bruce expected the album to contain 13-15 songs, six of which he says would be "radio-friendly" and the rest of which would be "our usual balls-to-the-wall kind of stuff."[33]

On 30 November 2012 the band announced the release of a new EP, Under the Influence: A Tribute to the Legends of Hard Rock, being released exclusively with a subscription to Revolver Magazine.[34]

On 2 December 2012 the band were in an accident as they were driving to their show in Chicago from Cleveland. Nobody was seriously hurt but the band's tour bus was badly damaged.[35]

On 9 December 2012 in New York during the Monster Energy Outbreak tour, Danny Worsnop announced that he had torn his vocal cord and wouldn't be able to perform, and that his friends from Attila and I See Stars would be performing vocals for the band until he was able to perform again.[36] On 7 January 2013 Danny went in for a check-up on his torn vocal chord with vocal specialist Dr. Sugerman who perscribed him some medicine and told that all he would have to do is rest a bit longer and he would be able to return to singing.[37]

2013–present: Short film and From Death to Destiny

Main article: From Death to Destiny
Asking Alexandria in 2013

During an interview with GuitarWorld.com Ben Bruce has stated that the album would contain "...a lot of heavy riffage on this record, whereas in the past we relied more on rhythms and breakdowns". He also described the album as similar to "Old Slipknot" and the choruses and bridges as their "Mötley Crüe side".[38]

On 9 February 2013 Metal-Trailers.com released the interview they conducted with the band on 23 January 2013 at Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany. During the interview guitarist Ben Bruce spoke to Guitar World regarding the album's lyrical direction; "It's a lot more mature than anything we've done before. It's not so much about partying and fucking random girls and doing drugs and stuff. We've actually taken the time to write something that's truly meaningful to us. The last two records were great, and we loved them, but we were different people then. We were a lot younger and had less experience. When you compare the albums, it will definitely show how much we've grown."[39]

On 28 February 2013 the band released a studio update with vocalist Danny Worsnop getting "disturbed" in the studio while recording vocals for the album.[40] On 3 March 2013 Danny Worsnop posted on Instagram that the album was complete along with the tracklist.[41]

Their third album is titled From Death to Destiny. The band released their newest single "The Death of Me" on 28 March 2013, via the Sumerian Records YouTube page. Revolver Magazine included the album on their list of the Most Anticipated Albums of 2012. Commenting on the sound of the album, Worsnop has said it is "a musical baby of Mötley Crüe and Slipknot."[42] From Death to Destiny was released in North America on Tuesday, 6 August 2013. On 22 July 2013 a music video for the 'rock mix' of The Death of Me was released.[43] The album was released on 6 August, and became the band's highest charting album to date and their label's highest first-week selling album.[44]

They later toured with nu metal band Korn in America in September and October as a support act, along with Love and Death.[45] The band later embarked on their own ‘From Death to Destiny’ tour in October after touring with Korn, featuring support acts All That Remains, Sevendust and Emmure, across America.[46] On 6 November, the band released a new music video for the fourth single of the third album 'Killing You'.[47]

Asking Alexandria was one of the main headlining bands in the annual Never Say Never Festival on 12 March, along with Bring Me the Horizon also headlining.[48] embarked on another headlining tour in North America, dubbed as the 'Break Down The Walls' tour, starting in March and ending in April, with support acts August Burns Red, We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire and Born of Osiris.[49]

It was announced that the band would make their second appearance on a Punk Goes... compilation album titled Punk Goes 90's 2, covering Nine Inch Nails song Closer. The song was released as a promotional single for the album and was accompanied by a lyric video.[50]

In March 2014, the lead single from their debut album, "Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)" was certified gold by the RIAA.[51]

Musical style and influences

Asking Alexandria's music has been described by critics as metalcore,[52] electronicore,[3] and heavy metal. Worsnop has stated on Twitter that Aerosmith were his biggest inspiration: "From time to time, I forget just how perfect Aerosmith are. Then I play their songs and my soul comes alive. My all time biggest inspiration".[53] Worsnop and Bruce have also stated that they draw inspiration from 1980's metal and rock bands, such as Guns N' Roses, Metallica and Mötley Crüe, also making the comment: "We also listen to bands Bring Me the Horizon, The Devil Wears Prada, there's just a whole huge mixture of bands. When we were writing our first album, I suppose our biggest influences were probably more American bands than British. We were listening to a lot of Vanna, and another band called Burden of a Day, so they had a lot of music influence into our first album, to be honest." [54]

Asking Alexandria have dedicated an EP titled Under the Influence: A Tribute to the Legends of Hard Rock to pay tribute to the bands that have influenced them such as Journey, Whitesnake, Mötley Crüe, and Def Leppard.[55] Also, on the Life Gone Wild EP, they paid tribute to Skid Row by recording two covers of their songs; "18 and Life", and "Youth Gone Wild". Asking Alexandria have cited Skid Row as being a huge influence on the band.[56]

In an interview, Cameron has stated he is influenced by Slipknot, Papa Roach, ’80s bands like Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses and a lot of heavy stuff.[57] He also said, "James and I like hardcore bands. It’s not even a case of taking that and putting it into the band. It’s because I listened to so much other stuff before this band that I like to go away and listen to my stuff. It’s not necessarily that I take stuff or I’m influenced. I listen to a lot of broader music. Before this band I didn’t listen to a lot of singing. I was into straight-up, screaming, crazy shit, but as I’ve grown older I’m not so honed in on just one style. It’s whatever I’m in the mood for. It could be anything."[58]

Ben Bruce has stated in various interviews that he draws influences from Blink-182, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, B.B. King,[59] Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa, Metallica, Slipknot,[60] Deep Purple, Michael Bublé, Foreigner,[61] and Ozzy Osbourne.[60]

Band members

Discography

Studio albums

Awards

Independent Music Awards 2012: Reckless & Relentless - Best Metal/Hardcore Album[62]

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