Some songs sound catchy and upbeat, but a deeper look reveals that it is dark and depressing. Not judging a book by its cover is a well-known phrase, and it certainly applies to Asking Alexandria’s new record, "Where Do We Go From Here?"
Asking Alexandria is an English band that started in 2006, becoming a focal point within scene subculture. Songs like "Not The American Average" and "Final Episode" were staples in the MP3s of many back then. They have eight albums under their belt in varying levels of popularity, including their newest addition.
One thing to say about this record is that the musical element is magnificent. It sounds like a less modernized version of I Prevail, which is nothing short of a compliment. Other than an odd breakdown here and there, it can be considered some metal listeners dream. Many tracks are headbangers, perfect for the mosh pit at future shows. A prime example is "Let The Dead Take Me," which has a gospel feel within the refrain. It is safe to say that the song is a religious experience.
Alongside the beautiful backing track is the vocal complexity throughout the songs. Each brings a different range to the table. For example, the title track does not provide an extensive range but is intentional. The lyrical content (more on that soon) is solemn, so a monotone and borderline numb melody is perfect. Anything other than this would be out of place.
Lyrically, this record has a lot of hits. The theme of there being more than meets the eye is present in "Holding On To Something More.” It is the second least heavy musically on this record and has the catchy elements associated with a pop song. With closer inspection, one would find that the lyrics are bittersweet. The song is about letting go of something or someone toxic, no matter how difficult. It has been a common theme throughout their music, and they are yet to fail at portraying it.
In all honesty, the only real low point in this record lies in the track "Kill It With Fire." It is out of place between the powerhouses "Let The Dead Take Me" and "Holding On To Something More." It has elements reminiscent of classic punk, which does not fit with everything else being metal. Perhaps this song would have been best left in the B-sides.
This record is a 9/10 rating.
"Psycho" - 8/10
"Let The Dead Take Me" - 9.5/10
"Nothing Left" - 9/10