Album Review Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria

Asking Alexandria have been through some dramatic turbulence in the last few years and if music is the best therapy, this experiment is proof that music is the best medicine.

The self-titled album opens with a catchy banger. ‘Alone in a Room’ sounds like an apology from Danny Wornsnop who departed the band in 2015 but made his return at the end of last year. It’s the perfect introduction and a nice re-introduction to Wornsnop’s voice. The familiar metalcore elements dance along to AA’s staple sound throughout the album. This first track embodies bass accordingly to the guitar riffs but there’s a technicality with each groove that blends perfectly to create anthem rock.

Released in September, the second track on the album and the first single ‘Into the Fire’ is a synthesized mix with dynamic drumming from James Cassells. It starts off with a groovy riff followed by Wornsnop’s metalcore growl. It’s almost impossible to not headbang during the breakdown of the bridge.

There’s a weird yet soothing sequence that is found throughout ‘Hopelessly Hopeful’ that is unnecessarily there but eventually fades into the powerful melody. Overall, the song is rhythmically great, reminiscent of songs throughout the album and to their early work from 2009’s Stand Up and Scream.

Playing along to the rock anthems, ‘Where did it go?’ is a jam where Wornsnop is found having fun from start to finish. Lyrically, it’s a song that defines the band’s history that guitarist Ben Bruce stated that the track is “acknowledging everything that we’ve done from the very beginning of this band till now.” Bruce also mentioned that rock fans can be apprehensive when a band changes their sound. ‘Rise Up’ is lyrically an ode to that and finds itself with ponderous bass-lines from Sam Bettley that are very intriguing and memorable as the AA sound is.

‘When the Lights Come On’ demonstrates Worsnop’s clean vocals. His raspy voice is a gift to listeners as he musically illustrates the passion the band has for playing live shows.

Pulsating keyboards are the foundation of ‘Under Denver’ which finds itself in an orchestra filled with synthesized melodies and the perfect drum beat. The song is about this world under the city of Denver that is prepared for the New World Order—cool illustrative thematic.

Heaviness can be found in ‘Eve’ and ‘I am One’ as they pump layers of hardcore rock.

‘Vultures’ stands out with the songwriting and arrangement as it has acoustic soft elements but there’s a pain felt in the vocals that make it very soulful. It’s a song that Wornsnop and Bruce wrote in 2014 before Wornsnop’s departure. The emotion is heavily felt.

Bruce had mentioned in his interview that the band found influences for this record in how pop and hip-hop are constantly evolving. The idea is cool but the rap verses in ‘Empire’ by rapper Bing are odd. It’s an experiment that perhaps it worked on paper but for the album, they could have left it out. However, the album concludes with ‘Room 138’ which will have you forget the previous song ever happened. It’s epic, it’s strong is a song that feels right for what they have presented here.

Lyrically, it is thoughtful and deep. The musical foundation needed for an excellent record exceed expectations from start to finish. After a few spins, the record is solid yet the best that Asking Alexandria can offer.

8.5/10

CYNTHIA JO

Source: Ghost Cult Magazine

Frank Hannon Announces Cover Song Project From One Placeto

Tesla guitarist, Frank Hannon, is proud to announce his new solo project, From One Place… to Another, a series of albums comprised of cover songs will be available everywhere January 26th.

“The songs that I contributed to Tesla, What you Give, Gettin’ Better and Love Song, have always had an acoustic, country or bluesy vibe to them,” says Hannon. “I love to sing and my father-in-law Dickey Betts encouraged me to step up to the microphone with guitar in hand. He sang many hits in the Allman Bros Band and Blue Sky is one of my all time favorites.”

From One Place… to Another Vol. 1 is the first of three albums to be released in 2018 and features special guest appearances by Paul Jackson (Blackberry Smoke), Duane Betts (son of Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band), Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (sons of Ricky Nelson), Roger Fisher (original Heart guitarist) and many others.

“I recorded the majority of the songs while on tour with Tesla in dressing rooms, hotels, buses and even bathrooms using a handheld recorder,” continues Hannon. “I also went to friends’ houses to capture performances and traded files over the internet, bringing home the digital files to mix and embellish in my studio.”

Frank will be on the road performing solo on a few dates through the end of the year and announcing additional solo concerts in 2018.

“I started this project a few years ago and it has evolved substantially with the help of my friends,” declares Hannon. “What started as learning a few songs to sing turned into multiple albums of cover songs, tributes and collaborations with many inspirational artists.”

Everyone from Lukas Nelson to The Church to JJ Cale are covered on Volume 1, with an expansive scope of genres to be covered in the coming releases.

“Each song and album are very different from one another, as are my musical tastes,” admits Frank. “From ‘Blue Sky’ to the most current song on the release, ‘Sunrise in Texas’, the music and even my voice go ‘From One Place… to Another’. Needless to say, that album title has many meanings for me.”

From One Place… to Another Vol. 1 Track Listing:

1. Blue Sky feat. Duane Betts (Dickey Betts / Allman Brothers Band)
2. Call Me The Breeze feat. Paul Jackson of Blackberry Smoke (JJ Cale, made famous by Lynyrd Skynyrd)
3. Under The Milky Way feat. Duane Betts (The Church)
4. Jim Dandy To the Rescue feat. Tommy Curiale & Alyson Kimball of Johnny Winters Band (Lincoln Chase, made famous by Laverne Baker & Black Oak Arkansas)
5. You’re My Best Friend (John Deacon made famous by Queen)
6. Garden Party feat. Matthew & Gunnar Nelson (Rick Nelson)
7. SunRise in Texas (Blackberry Smoke, Michael Tolcher)
8. I Hear Ya Knockin (Dave Bartholomew)
9. Joy To The World feat. Ron Keel (Hoyt Axton)
10. Four Letter Word (Lukas Nelson)

To pre-order, click here.

Source: That Metal Show

Iron Walrus Unleash A Beast Within Serving Sludge Metal for



IRON WALRUS
“A Beast Within”
Redfield Records

IRON WALRUS from German town Osnabrück have released their third album, “A Beast Within”, once again on Redfield Records.
Musically IRON WALRUS can be classified as a sludge metal band including a good dose of doom, dirt and noise. Comes with low-tuned and catchy riffs that unfold their doomy energy in the mid-tempo segment, enormous punch in the drums, bass lines that add even more deepness and brute, throaty gurgling vocals. But IRON WALRUS are not just slowly steamrolling, they also raise tempo until you are crushed by the immanent groove.

Imagine Crowbar are having a bastard child with crusty Dust from Bielefeld to get the WALRUS’ anger!



IRON WALRUS is:

“Aufi” – vocals
“Schnalli” – drums
“Bene” – guitars
“Ingo” – guitars
“Der Schmidt” – bass

Discography:

Insidious Black Sea (2014)
The Plague (2015)
A Beast Within (2017)



IRON WALRUS
“A Beast Within”
Redfield Records
IRON WALRUS from German town Osnabrück have released their third album, “A Beast Within”, once again on Redfield Records.
Musically IRON WALRUS can be classified as a sludge metal band including a good dose of doom, dirt and noise. Comes with low-tuned and catchy riffs that unfold their doomy energy in the mid-tempo segment, enormous punch in the drums, bass lines that add even more deepness and brute, throaty gurgling vocals. But IRON WALRUS are not just slowly steamrolling, they also raise tempo until you are crushed by the immanent groove.

Imagine Crowbar are having a bastard child with crusty Dust from Bielefeld to get the WALRUS’ anger!


IRON WALRUS is:

“Aufi” – vocals
“Schnalli” – drums
“Bene” – guitars
“Ingo” – guitars
“Der Schmidt” – bass

Discography:

Insidious Black Sea (2014)
The Plague (2015)
A Beast Within (2017)

Discography:

Insidious Black Sea (2014)
The Plague (2015)
A Beast Within (2017)

Source: Doom Metal Front