A case of loving the message, but despising the delivery...
Straight away, I need to say, this is not an extra Track of the Week, but just a review that I feel I needed to do.
A week ago today (4th of March for those of you reading in the future), Asking Alexandria dropped the 3rd single off their upcoming album Like A House On Fire, entitled 'Antisocialist'... and I hate it.
It's not because I don't like the band, Asking Alexandria was one of my first Metalcore loves, their album The Black was truly awesome, the way the boys went from a massive low point in their career, and turned it into a kick arse record ensured AA had my respect.
But this, this sounds like a reject Fall Out Boy song, where are Ben Bruce's awesome guitar riffs? The dude was a master and now it sounds like he's been reduced to playing simplistic and bland noise.
I understand bands mature, grow and evolve, but this feels like a massive leap away from their base sound of Metalcore to almost Pop-Rock. At least the first single 'The Violence' had some, albeit small, balls to it.
The one saving grace for me are the lyrics, they're just as deep and meaningful as ever, but lose a lot of their edge in the delivery and therefore can't save 'Antisocialist'.
After checking out all three of the singles, I think I'll be giving Asking Alexandria's Like A House On Fire a very wide berth when it comes out mid May.
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