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The British sensation that is Asking Alexandria released their second single off of their upcoming sophomore album “Reckless and Relentless” set to be released this April. The band is keeping their promise as far as releasing an even heavier album as far as the first two singles “Breathless” and the recently released “Morte et Dabo”.

“Morte et Dabo” is easily the heaviest song the band has produced, the riffs are extremely fast and once again vocalist Danny Worsnop seems to be pushing himself in different directions and testing his abilities in great ways. This song has gotten me extremely pumped for “Reckless and Relentless” this is by far one of their coolest, more sophisticated almost theatrical song yet and should please all Asking Alexandria fans beyond expectations. Check out the song below and as always please enjoy.

– Mason Richardson

“Morte et Dabo”

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The metalcore band from Brighton, England Architects has released their 4th studio album since originally forming in 2004 and is the follow up to their 2009 release of “Hollow Crown”. The title of the album is “The Here and Now” and offers a wide variety of sounds to their audience. The record opens up with the first single “Day In Day Out” a very powerful song where Vocalist Sam Carter shows off both his clean and unclean talents with a heavy riffs and chords this song also gives the fans something to chant in their live set with the booming group vocals of “To all those not living in the here and now!”.

After playing this album from start to finish I must say that at no point does this album disappoint or allow you to lose interest. It’s one that fans will keep on repeat for the first couple weeks of owning for sure. Stand out songs include “Day In Day Out”, the underdog anthem of “Learn to Live”,  the headbanging power of “Delete, Rewind”, and the softer yet moving “Heartburn”. This is a record that has a little bit of something for everyone. This band can write heavy, sophisticated, slow songs, and songs that you simply couldn’t listen to sitting down.

Architects won’t be touring stateside any time soon as they will be traveling around the UK and the rest of Europe into the month of April, however I highly suggest picking up a copy of their new album “The Here and Now” it is great from start to finish. This album is available at any local music store (BestBuy, FYE, and I’m assuming Hot Topic will pick this one up as well) also check them out on itunes you won’t be disappointed. For a little taste of the record I’ll post a few songs down below for you guys to check out as well as the band’s site etc. Please enjoy!

– Mason Richardson

Band site: http://www.myspace.com/architectsuk/music

Twitter updates: @architectsuk

“Day In Day Out”

“Learn To Live”

“Heartburn”

The British metalcore band from Sheffield, Yorkshire that is Bring Me The Horizon has released a second video from their third full length album “There Is A Hell Believe Me I’ve Seen It, There Is A Heave Lets Keep It A Secret” for the song “Anthem”. BMTH has been together since 2004 and is about to head on tour with Pierce The Veil, We Came As Romans, and A Day To Remember for the Gamechangers Tour beginning in March and going through the month of April.

The band’s third full length album “There Is A Hell…” is one that for many of their fans was a big eye opener. The sound and overall vibe is very different than that of their previous two (Count Your Blessings, Suicide Season) but is still very much BMTH. There is a very dark sense to this album but in a more creepy “Adams Family” way rather than simply playing loud thrashy headbanging songs, vocalist Oli Sykes embarked on a mission to bring a new feel to the band and as always wrote brutally honest lyrics from the heart about the trials and tribulations of his past. This album also features new rhythm guitarist Jona Weinhofen who replaced former guitar player Curtis Ward in 2009.

The album includes hit songs like “It Never Ends” which reflects on ongoing struggles that lurk on and haunt the band, “Crucify Me” which speaks of the existance of both Heaven and Hell, however not the ones we think of in the sky and below our feet but rather everyday’s struggles and success, the mind capturing “Don’t Go” featuring guest vocalist Lights, “F**k” featuring fellow British rock singer Josh Franceschi of You Me At Six, and the ever so thrashy “Alligator Blood”.

Many of their older fans may have turned their nose up on this record while musically it may not be as heavy and fast as previous records but to me this album still delivers everything I loved about the band since I first bought the record “Suicide Season”. The video for “Anthem” captures the band in an abandoned venue where fans from outside begin to rush in and storm the building while BMTH puts on their infamous energetic metal show that leaves you exhausted from simply watching. Please enjoy the video for “Anthem” below as well as the previous one for “It Never Ends”, both were filmed perfectly and truly grasp the band and their overall message. Also be on the lookout for the Gamechangers Tour beginning in March.

– Mason Richardson

Band site –  http://www.myspace.com/bmth

Twitter updates: @bmthofficial

“Anthem”

“It Never Ends”

To start things off I would like to comment that this will be my first ever blog entry and I can’t think of a better band to kick things off with than the ever growing sensation that is Asking Alexandria.

It’s been about two years now since their debut album “Stand Up and Scream” and from the moment I first heard that record I was completely blown away. Rock N Roll has many different faces and genres as time goes on and these guys are quickly creating a category of their own, while taking on the world by storm.  There aren’t enough great things to say about “Stand Up and Scream” from the creepy yet alluring “Alerion” to the seductively brutal “Not The American Average” and wrapping it all up with the great party anthem of “When Everyday’s The Weekend” These guys deliver amazing in your face “F**k you, we’re gonna rock your faces off whether you like it or not!” rock n roll and it is an intense journey from start to finish with tales of love, lust, betrayal, murder, and survival. Heavy riffs combined with earth shattering breakdowns, all topped off with the amazing vocal work of Danny Worsnop this is a band that will leave you standing up and screaming for more!

Hopefully, however by this point I am sure you know all about “Stand Up and Scream” so what I am here to touch base on is their newest EP “Life Gone Wild” and putting to rest any worries that they have changed their sound for their up coming record “Reckless and Relentless” set to be released sometime in April of 2011 through the Summerian record label.

“Life Gone Wild” was something that for me was very exciting, I didn’t even preview it on itunes I simply just clicked “purchase” as quickly as possible. The EP contains two late 80’s covers by one of my all time favorite bands of all time, Skid Row. Covers include both “Youth Gone Wild” and “18 and Life” (thus creating the title of the EP). Both covers are great filled with raw young in your face energy and power from the band and to this date I can’t think of anyone better suited to do vocal covers for Sebastian Bach than Danny Worsnop. Both songs seem to stay pretty true to the originals musically but Asking Alexandria whether they like it or not left just enough of their British flare to be able to call them their own. Many people were worried that they had dropped their screaming and had taken on a whole new sound when really and truly it was just for fun, as well as the two Dub-Step remixes that they included on their on songs, all in all this EP was simply them experimenting with their musical talents and to me they deserve a standing ovation.

What people should really pay attention to and start marking down the days on the calendar for is the song “Breathless”. This is a song that they have already incorporated into their live set and is all the Asking Alexandria anyone could ask for. To say that this song is heavy would simply be an understatement, it is that and more. The song opens up with typical AA fashion with the line “Get the fuck away from ME!” Musically you can tell that they have matured and have a very clear mindset of what they want this next record to sound like. They managed to make sure that you can tell this song does not belong on “Stand Up and Scream” but still delivers their original message loud and clear. They are pushing themselves not only musically but lyrically as well, they have had much more time to sit and write these songs with a clearer state of mind (still rock n roll but with a little bit less booze and drugs infused in it).  Unlike their first record where Danny pretty much free styled and sang from his heart on most of the songs, on “Reckless and Relentless” expect tales that are just that with music behind it that will for sure leave your ears bleeding for more. To wrap this up, If you are already an Asking Alexandria fan, please I stress that you do not worry about their sound, those crazy British fools will give you exactly what you are looking for and then some. They have not abandoned who they are, and what they set out to be this five man machine that is Asking Alexandria, and to please become just as excited as I am for April when their new album goes on sale. I highly suggest checking out their website to see release and tour dates because they have a very busy schedule ahead, and I can say that they are easily in the top 3 best live bands category of today’s rock world. Rock on and get pumped!

 

– Mason Richardson

 

Band Site: http://www.myspace.com/askingalexandria

Twitter updates: @AfuckingA

Breathless:

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