Formed in 2008, there isn’t much that Asking Alexandria hasn’t managed to achieve. They have two gold-certified singles in ‘Final Episode (Let’s Change The Channel)’ and ‘Not The American Average’, they have three consecutive top 10 debut albums on the Billboard Top 200 and have shared the stage with the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold and Slipknot, so where do they go now to push on even further?
For Like A House On Fire the band have taken a different approach to write the album, instead of locking themselves in the studio, they took the approach of writing and recording whilst on tour with Shinedown and Papa Roach, doing sporadic recording sessions in an attempt to capture that live energy that the crowd gave off and in turn return through the new tracks and this feeling doesn’t take long to pick up on.
As album opener ‘House On Fire’ welcomes us to the band sixth full length, that energy and the live atmosphere is experienced immediately, with an anthemic chorus and some huge sing-a-longs this is certainly one that will be a live crowd favorite.
Following up with ‘They Don’t Want What We Want (And They Don’t Care) we get a little heavier in the sound as the guitars are turned up a little louder and the drums thump that little harder, whilst Danny Worsnop on vocals keeps the style very easy for crowd participation. This formula is on that certainly flows through the release, with chunky riffs and a discrete electronic input on some of the offerings.
The vocal rarely sways from a clean style throughout, however occasionally there is some angst thrown in there generally with the guitars turned up for added grit, however, on the whole, there is a feeling that Like A House On Fire sets the stall out for a new overall direction for the band as they evolve into the band that they want to be.
As with any new direction of a band, there will be some that don’t approve, some that go with it as they follow the band and there will be those that become fans of the band due to this sound, however as far as Asking Alexandria are concerned, this is them and there is no denying that there is a lot of energy in the album and is full of sing-a-long opportunities and any you could pick any song on the album and it will sound great live, as the band is carried on the voices of the audience.
Like A House On Fire is released on Friday 15th May 2020 via Sumerian Records.
01. House On Fire
02. They Don’t Want What We Want
03. Down to Hell
05. I Don’t Need You
06. All Due Respect
07. Take Some Time
08. One Turns To None
09. It’s Not Me (It’s You)
10. Here’s to Starting Over
11. What’s Gonna Be
12. Give You Up
13. In My Blood
14. The Violence