Asking Alexandria
Life Gone Wild


3.0
good

Review

by TheWhiteBumBone USER (1 Reviews)
January 15th, 2011 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This EP is mostly fan service.

Asking Alexandria is a band that you could love or hate depending on your music preference. For me I dislike the group mainly for it techno breakdowns, usually placed at the very end of the song. The reason is because most of these techno breakdowns seem out of place and they tend to break the progression of some of their songs. I'm not saying that they're bad but, at times they, aren't needed.

When I heard that the band was releasing a second album, I began to wonder what they were going to bring to the table on their second go around. I was mostly hoping they would change their sound a bit and maybe tone down, or rid themselves of, the techno breakdowns. It seems that that's what they're planning with this EP to tie fans over until their second release.

The EP start off with two covers of 80's metal band Skid Row, "Youth Gone Wild" and "18 And Life", two remixed tracks from their first release, a demo version of the song "I Was Once, Possibly, Maybe, Perhaps a Cowboy King", and a song called "Breathless" from their upcoming release.

The covers of "Youth Gone Wild" and "18 And Life" and stellar. Both pay homage to Skid Row in both sound and progression and vocalist Danny Worsnop comes very close to almost sounding like Sebastian Bach. The one thing that makes it even better is that the songs are not ruined by the techno breakdowns that band is know for and stay tightly-knit with the way the originals sound.

The next part of the EP are the remixes of "A Single Moment of Sincerity" and "Not the American Average". The remix for "A Single Moment" was somewhat repetitive with the same beat and repeated screams interwoven with each other. Frankly, it sounds like something that would be played at a club the Jersey Shore cast probably frequently visited. The second remix is for the song "Not the American Average" was something that I wasn't expecting. It has a very trance-like beat that sounds like it was created by Mr. Han from Linkin Park. I thought it was done well and it wasn't repetitive with a barrage of bass heavy beats or any annoying sounds that came off of a bad 8-bit video game.

The next track of the album is a demo version of "Cowboy king". The only major difference between the demo version and the album version is that the demo version is unpolished. usually when you listen to a demo of a song and compare it to the original you try to find differences between them. With this track it's just one difference and that is the sound quality.

The last track is the song "Breathless" from their up-and-coming album. The song is very catchy with its chorus and the vocals are deeper than previous efforts, especially the clean vocals, as the whine the singer had when singing is somewhat absent. The song has a breakdown, as it's a standard for almost all metalcore acts, so you will most definitely be familiar with it. One thing that separates this from past song is that it has no techno breakdown. This track is just a straight up metalcore song with chugging chords and machine gun double bass drums. Maybe the band is dropping it's techno sound for more metal brutality?

Overall, if you're an AA fan you should probably pick this up and hope that it keeps you busy until their sophomore release. If you're a fan of Skid Row, just download the covers from iTunes or Amazon.com.


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Why?...

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A useless, unnecessary release....


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ZilbelPing
January 15th 2011


6166 Comments


The band is meh
The drummer kept me interested in the first album though. Kinda fun to play along to.
Probably won't check this out unless I'm really bored.

MrSnuffles
January 15th 2011


112 Comments


I like the band but this EP is just god-awful.

RiversCuomo
January 15th 2011


439 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

band is terrible as is the ep

ShadowRemains
January 15th 2011


21669 Comments


lol a 3

tkxxx7
January 16th 2011


6159 Comments


synchronized heandbanging
ok cool

synchronized heandbanging
alrighty

synchronized heandbanging
meh

synchronized heandbanging
umm ...

synchronized heandbanging
dude come on

TheWhiteBumBone
February 7th 2011


1 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

@ShadowRemains

I gave their EP a 3 because I really enjoyed the Skid Row covers. I give them props for that but the rest of the EP is just not worth the listen. Frankly, it feels like they just put random tracks together and put it out for release. I especially hate EP's that have songs from past albums with slightly tweaked instrumentals. The new track is a little below average, it still follows the Metalcore formula (chugging guitars, breakdown, chugging, clean vocals, breakdown, low growled vocals with high pitched vocals syncronizing, chugging, breakdown, mega breakdown, and one last chug).

Only one remix is worth listening to, but that's only if you like techno. And the demo is just garbage. The only thing that saves this EP are the covers.

I might change the score.

climactic
February 7th 2011


20001 Comments


the covers are apparently only 1/3 of the songs

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lucasjcockcroft
March 2nd 2011


3714 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

u suck cokc

mechatanner
June 20th 2011


269 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

their screams and british-ness kept me interested, until this ep. they actually almost downgraded here.



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