Asking Alexandria
Stepped Up and Scratched


1.0
awful

Review

by TommyIcedB USER (16 Reviews)
May 1st, 2012 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

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Remix albums are the little annoyances of the music world. Compilations of various different artists using electronics to mess around with an artists songs which serve no real purpose other than to bring the band and the label some more money. Bring Me the Horizon at the very least bundled their collection of shoddy remixes with a copy of the original album. 'Stepped Up and Scratched' on the other hand is a stand-alone release.

I really just don't get dubstep. Sure, it's the new craze amongst the teen demographic (which, just to note, I fall in to), but I really just don't get it. It's the lowest form of electronic music possible. There's no real skill to make it, and not a great lot of pleasure to gain from it. It's just a mash-up of low wobble basses and high-pitched electronic squeals. The songs are never any good, the kids just like it because of how "filthy" it is.

And I suppose "filthy" is the right word, as it's a genre that leaves a great, big, nasty stain on the world of music. And Asking Alexandria jump on the bandwagon with their latest CD 'Stepped Up and Scratched', bringing together a whole bunch of dubstep remixes for your, and I use the term loosely, enjoyment. And that immediately presents the first problem of this album: it's all dubstep. For a remix album, it would have been nice to see a bit of diversity - throw some trance in there, maybe sprinkle some house over there - but 'Stepped Up and Scratched' is entirely dubstep, with no evident reason other than sheer laziness.

It's very difficult to find an enjoyable dubstep song in general. It's even worse to know that, of an album that runs for over an hour, there's not really a good track. Sure, there are some which are better than others, but some are really scraping the bottom of the barrel, quite ironically considering dubstep is already the bottom of said barrel. For example, the Big Chocolate remix of 'A Prophecy' is a complete embarrassment to music. It is unenjoyable in practically every way, and its sad to know that there are people who will defy my logic and actually enjoy it. It's even worse that some songs didn't even need to be on this album. Borgore's remix of 'The Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)' could have worked perfectly fine as its own unique dubstep song. The vocals stolen over from the original song sound carelessly slapped on as a last minute attempt to make money of the popular Asking Alexandria name.

'Stepped Up and Scratched' is an unnecessary, unpleasant release. It serves absolutely no purpose other than to bring Asking Alexandria and label Sumerian Records a little bit extra cash. It is in no way pleasing to the ears. Dubstep remixes should stay confined to the internet, but this has made it out into the world as an actual physical release. It is a complete embarrassment, only made even more embarrassing by the fact that gullible Asking Alexandria fans will eat it up. Then again, Asking Alexandria fans are likely to fall into the target audience of this genre, and unfortunately, this will probably end up being a success.



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TommyIcedB
May 1st 2012


24 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

*waits for dubstep fans to come hate on this review*

ThroneOfAgony
May 1st 2012


3485 Comments


ok review

StagnantWords
May 1st 2012


318 Comments


Asking Alexandria without dubstep is worthy of a 1, at highest.

ZedO
May 1st 2012


1096 Comments


haha awesome summary!!

DotEight
May 1st 2012


5639 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I will never get the appeal of dubstep. People used to give me shit for listening to Tiesto and Ferry Corsten. At least techno has some structure and feeling. Dubstep is just gay.

And this band is uber gay. But the review is dece. Pos.

whatshisname
May 1st 2012


179 Comments


Good review, pos.
Coming from someone who actually liked their most recent release, this was just god awful.

bloc
May 1st 2012


35004 Comments


Probably better than the stuff Dev usually recs

Digging: The Birthday Massacre - Superstition

LifeAsAChipmunk
May 1st 2012


4854 Comments


'I will never get the appeal of dubstep. People used to give me shit for listening to Tiesto and Ferry Corsten. At least techno has some structure and feeling. Dubstep is just gay.'

You mean dubstep dubstep or Skrillex dubstep?

thorwaldeirik
May 1st 2012


33 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

did you even listened it through?? maybe there are some REALLY surprising tracks in the end :O

Digging: I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness - Dust

tarkus
May 1st 2012


5560 Comments


you shouldnt even doubt

DotEight
May 1st 2012


5639 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

"You mean dubstep dubstep or Skrillex dubstep?"

I can't tell the difference. It's all pretty bad.

macman76
May 1st 2012


373 Comments


So this brought the wubs?
5/5

KSK1
May 1st 2012


4094 Comments


How did you even write 5 paragraphs about this?

YetAnotherBrick
May 1st 2012


4505 Comments


there's plenty of good dubstep out there man, you just gotta dig for it. good review though.

Digging: Soul Coughing - Ruby Vroom

macadoolahicky
May 1st 2012


1835 Comments


IcyLily doesn't like your opinion so I can't either

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2012


50869 Comments


It doesn't all have wubs

Digging: Bobby Barnett - Little Wounds

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2012


50869 Comments


Worst album of all time?

Skoj
May 2nd 2012


1244 Comments


Whatever the standard opinion of Sputnik is, I support the ass opposite. This record is the led zeppelin Iv of our time.

Who am I?

Digging: Deathspell Omega - Paracletus

pand3m0nium
May 2nd 2012


98 Comments


What the fuck is this shit?

pand3m0nium
May 3rd 2012


98 Comments


Are you being an ironic fan or do you just have bad taste?

Kidding.



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