Asking Alexandria – Rebel Toronto – February 5, 2018 – Part 3

Musical style

The band’s music has mostly been described as metalcore,[88][89] but has also been labelled post-hardcore, screamo[90][91] hard rock,[92] and heavy metal.[89][93] Additionally, it was also sometimes described as electronicore on their early work.[94][95] Their first two Sumerian albums, 2009’s Stand Up and Scream and 2011’s Reckless & Relentless, are both generally considered to be metalcore albums, while their fourth album, 2013’s From Death to Destiny, is influenced by heavy metal and rock bands[who?] while maintaining Asking Alexandria’s signature metalcore sound on certain tracks. Guitarist Ben Bruce has stated that they do not like writing music that sounds the same from album to album, which is why their musical style has changed over time.[67][96][97][98]

Lyrical style

Ben Bruce has expressed the feeling that the band’s lyrical style before Reckless and Relentless was immature. According to Bruce, the band wanted to move on from yelling out lyrics like “fuck” and “you stupid fucking whore” to a more mature style with more meaning.[99] He stated that From Death to Destiny is lyrically their most mature album, no longer focusing on subjects such as drugs and women, and much more meaningful than their older lyrics.[100] Danny Worsnop has claimed that the band’s lyrics are never written before entering the studio and are always improvised during the recording of an album.[101]

Influences

All of the band’s members have expressed their passion for 1980s rock music, and demonstrated it with releases such as the Life Gone Wild EP featuring covers of two Skid Row songs or the Under the Influence: A Tribute to the Legends of Hard Rock EP featuring covers of songs by bands such as Journey, Mötley Crüe, Whitesnake and Def Leppard. Their third studio album From Death to Destiny is heavily influenced by such bands.[102][103][104] Some of their favorite artists include Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Sebastian Bach, Skid Row and Van Halen, but they also take influence from modern bands such as Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold.[105][106][107][108][109]

 

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