Post Hardcore/Metalcore band from the UK, Asking Alexandria have released the title track from their upcoming album, The Black. The song first made its debut on a hard rock radio station in the UK yesterday. Today, we now have the music video premiering on their label’s YouTube channel, Sumerian Records.
Now, the band was in the news back in May, with the departure of their vocalist Danny Worsnop and replaced by Denis Stoff. Before, Stoff was known for being lead guitarist and backup vocals with the band Make Me Famous, along with the vocalist for band, Down and Dirty. For the most part, the consensus was that people weren’t sure if Stoff could ever replace Worsnop. Once people heard him with the band on last year’s Warped Tour and heard their first song written with Stoff, “I Won’t Give In,” there was no doubt that this could be the beginning of a great chapter for the band.
As for this new song, I personally wasn’t a fan of it and felt that its was a step backwards into what I wasn’t a fan of with the previous lineup. The verses are trying to be heavy, but I don’t feel any weight. There's a lot that is clearly done in post, to clean up how each instrument sounds and even the vocals. First, I don’t have a problem with heavy editing in songs, I just feel that there are times when it's either not needed or too much, and I think in this case it's the latter. This is even more disappointing off the heels of “I Won’t Give In,” because the band gave a performance that made me believe in this band again, and especially Stoff proving that he did better than filling Worsnop’s shoes, but throwing those shoes away and bringing in his big ass stompers. Stoff gave these incredible clean vocals, some of favorite right now (seriously) and brought great power in his uncleans. Lastly, the song felt a lot more real and personal, whereas “The Black,” I would describe as soulless.
I wouldn’t be so hard on this song if I didn’t care, but I do. Like I said earlier, “I Won’t Give In” got me to believe in this band again. I stopped caring a little after Reckless and Relentless, and I only say after because I enjoyed “Breathless,” but after I saw them live at Mayhem 2012 where Danny was so drunk he could barely perform.
You can find the song here, and feel free to discuss it with me in the comments.