Stand Up and Scream

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Stand Up and Scream
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Studio album by Asking Alexandria
Released 15 September 2009
Recorded 19 May – 16 June 2009, at the Foundation Recording Studios, Connersville, Indiana
Genre Metalcore, electronicore, post-hardcore
Length 48:16
Label Sumerian
Producer Joey Sturgis
Asking Alexandria chronology
The Irony of Your Perfection
(2007)The Irony of Your Perfection2007
Stand Up and Scream
(2009)
Life Gone Wild
(2010)Life Gone Wild2010
Singles from Stand Up and Scream
  1. "Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)"
    Released: 15 December 2009
  2. "A Prophecy"
    Released: 2 February 2010
  3. "If You Can't Ride Two Horses at Once... You Should Get Out of the Circus"
    Released: 14 March 2010
  4. "Not the American Average"
    Released: 10 October 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Ultimate Guitar 8.5/10 stars[2]

Stand Up and Scream is the debut studio album by English metalcore band Asking Alexandria, released on 15 September 2009 through Sumerian Records. The album has charted at number 170 on the Billboard 200, number 29 on Top Independent albums, and number 5 on Top Heatseekers.[3] The record managed to remain at the Top Heatseekers chart at position number 36 until the end of July 2010.[4] The album received mixed to positive reviews from critics, with Danny Worsnop's unclean vocals, and the loud guitars and drums being praised. However, the lyrics, Worsnop's clean vocals and electronic elements were subject of criticism. The album has gone on to sell over 100,000 copies worldwide.

Background[edit]

The title of the album is chosen from a lyric in the second track "Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)", where the relevant line within the chorus reads "Just stand up and scream, the tainted clock is counting down".

Six of the tracks featured on the album have previously been released digitally through the band's MySpace and PureVolume accounts. These include, Nobody Don't Dance No More, The Final Episode, A Candlelit Dinner With Inamorta, Not The American Average, A Single Moment of Sincerity, and I Was Once, Possibly, Maybe, Perhaps, a Cowboy King. When downloaded, the ID3 tags displayed Demo or Demo 2008 as the songs relevant album. There are both minor and more noticeable alterations in all of the songs released on the album in comparison to those released digitally in 2008.

The song "Hey There Mr. Brooks" is written as a homage to the film, Mr. Brooks. Its lyrics feature many references to scenes in the film.

Music videos[edit]

In September 2009, Asking Alexandria shot their debut music video for the song "Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)". In the video, the musicians play in a dark room, dressed in black. Also shown is a table, on which stands the glass with water. Throughout the video, the glass gradually shifts to the edge of the table and finally falls down and breaks in the end.[5]

In 2010, the music video for "A Prophecy" was released. It was filmed in Los Angeles in its entirety during the band's headlining tour, "Welcome to the Circus", in between tour dates. It features the band playing in a dark alley during a storm, and cuts between shots of the band and a woman falling through the ocean. There is also a shot of James Cassells spitting fire towards the end before the last breakdown.

In 2010, Asking Alexandria shot a performance video of "If You Can't Ride Two Horses at Once... You Should Get Out of the Circus" at Chain Reaction in Long Beach, California. It is included on their EP, Life Gone Wild.

During the Epicenter 2011, Asking Alexandria shot a performance video for "Not the American Average".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Danny Worsnop, Ben Bruce and James Cassells; except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Alerion" 2:15
2. "Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)" 4:02
3. "A Candlelit Dinner with Inamorta" 4:04
4. "Nobody Don't Dance No More" (Worsnop, Bruce, Cassells, Cameron Liddell, Sam Bettley) 4:00
5. "Hey There Mr. Brooks" (featuring Shawn Milke) 4:10
6. "Hiatus" (Instrumental) 1:45
7. "If You Can't Ride Two Horses at Once... You Should Get Out of the Circus" (Worsnop, Bruce, Cassells, Liddell, Bettley) 3:46
8. "A Single Moment of Sincerity" 3:51
9. "Not the American Average" 4:39
10. "I Used to Have a Best Friend (But Then He Gave Me an STD)" 4:06
11. "A Prophecy" 3:34
12. "I Was Once, Possibly, Maybe, Perhaps a Cowboy King" (Worsnop, Bruce, Cassells, Liddell, Bettley) 3:41
13. "When Everyday's the Weekend" 4:23
Total length: 48:16

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Charts Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[3] 170

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