Asking Alexandria
Stand Up and Scream


2.5
average

Review

by betterdrinkmyownpiss USER (3 Reviews)
January 3rd, 2012 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: just another day in generic metalcore (plus synths)

Asking Alexandria, a band that you will immediately hate on because of their brand of generic metalcore mainly composed off of used riffs, chug-chug-chugs and breakdown infested songs, or, think they're an okay band that manages to write some catchy metalcore.
This album is a guilty pleasure of mine, I could easily rate it a 3.5 but looking objectivly the only thing that keeps these guys a step ahead from their competition is really just the vocal delivery (the screams anyway), drumming and synths.

The vocals in the album are above average maybe even good inside the scene roster.The screaming is perfect, the low growls, shouts to piercing highs Danny Worsnop does not fail to deliver.
Even when growling some of the most god-awful lyrics in the history of music (e.g: not the american average) Danny manages to make it work, somewhat.
In the lyrical area the band is poor, most of the songs feel like they were written to appeal the teenage fanbase (and they probably were), and mostly cover partying, losing your loved one and then wanting to stab them in the face, you know the typical.
The screams are varied enough to keep you interested until the last second unlike some of the other scene bands that have the vocalist sing the same monotomous scream a hundred times (e.g: The Devil Wears Prada in Plagues)
The singing however is basically just your run of the mill high-pitched vocals though the British accent keeps it a bit interesting, but at the end of the day it's the same high pitch chorus that you're used to hearing from most bands in this genre.

If you're looking for amazing riffs and technical solos look somewhere else, this band sticks to the chug chug chug formula, generic riffs and breakdowns.Suprisingly enough some riffs do manage to get stuck in your head, "The Final Episode" is a perfect example of this, the riff as simple, generic and overly-repetitive it might be does get stuck in your head after a while.
Breakdowns are the stepping stone of most metalcore, the band does not fail in the department, the breakdowns are heavy and well executed but, too many breakdowns eventually drag down the overall quality of the album.

The drumming, as stated before, is oh so nice, James Cassels is a very good drummer for the genre he is in, and I think his talent is somewhat drowned in this bands effort on writing mediocre metalcore.
The album features synths, alot, and if you think they ruin the songs progression (which they do for some songs) stay away from this album.
In reality the synths are what keep the album more diverse, without them you would end up listening to this album thinking you listened to just one song.

In the end Asking Alexandria is just another band that writes straightforward, generic and catchy metalcore.
I would like to see more mature songwriting, guitar playing and less whiny clean vocals from this band, but I think they will ride on the hype of this album for a long time.

Pros
-Generic yet catchy breakdowns
-Good range of screams
-synths are well placed most of the times

Cons
-Very lacking in the songwriting area
-chug chug chug chug chug
-bland clean vocals


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betterdrinkmyownpiss
January 3rd 2012


258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

quick review
album is average but there is far worse

betterdrinkmyownpiss
January 3rd 2012


258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

getting negged already? sup with that?

Acanthus
January 3rd 2012


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So glad that this wasn't a track by track, there are so many various types of reviews for this.

Enjoy the album, hate everything else by them, etc/nuff said.

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betterdrinkmyownpiss
January 3rd 2012


258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

track by track isn't really my thing, it drags out reviews.
especially in this genre, the music tend to be the same,
verse1/chorus/verse2/breakdown/chorus/breakdown.
I felt like the album deserved a 2.5 review, since it's the correct rating.

Acanthus
January 3rd 2012


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah. I really dig the vocals on this, even with how ridiculous they look live.

betterdrinkmyownpiss
January 3rd 2012


258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Lead vocalist is shit live, he used to be great though.
guess with all the drinking and smoking it ruined his voice

betterdrinkmyownpiss
January 3rd 2012


258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr1pQbzveIw

he was pretty good back here

Acanthus
January 3rd 2012


9545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I played this all the time when it released, had some great memories driving around to this. Sputnik swayed me away from the rest of their stuff, this I'm still glad to have on disc.

jayfatha
January 3rd 2012


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Sigh

ILJ
January 3rd 2012


6741 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Asking Alexandria, a band that you will immediately hate on because of there"

their

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climactic
January 3rd 2012


19983 Comments


how is the drumming good in any way

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ILJ
January 3rd 2012


6741 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

think they're and okay band

Think you meant "an"

betterdrinkmyownpiss
January 3rd 2012


258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Reckless and Relentless sucked, loved Morte Et Dabo though.

ILJ
January 3rd 2012


6741 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

In reality the synths are what keep the album more diverse, without them you would end up listening to this album thinking you listened to just one song.

Nope, still feels like one long song.

betterdrinkmyownpiss
January 3rd 2012


258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

@climatic I find the drumming good for the genre it's in. Compared to other drummers not so much.

@ILJAJLM I bet it would be much much worse without them. also thanks on the heads up on the grammar
bro



Tyrannic
January 3rd 2012


3262 Comments


come on man. come on.

geezers1989
January 3rd 2012


146 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

just another generic 2.5 review for a generic metalcore album

WhiteTieBlackJacket
January 3rd 2012


793 Comments


Generic reviews of generic metalcore bands are becoming generic. ugh

KjSwantko
January 3rd 2012


9448 Comments


5'd

Pharoh
January 3rd 2012


3325 Comments


"the same monotomous scream a hundred times (e.g: The Devil Wears Prada)"

Tdwp slaughters AA tho



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