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Asking Alexandria's Average Sophomore Effort
on 12 April 2011
British Metalcore band Asking Alexandria return with there Sophomore effort, Reckless and Relentless which, truthfully, has come out a bit of a mixed bag.
Welcome - Average introduction, a bit of roaring near the end of it. 2 Stars.
Dear Insanity - An interesting song that like most Asking Alexandria tracks is quite ferocious and has a bit of melody, but failed to impress. 3 Stars.
Closure - It's heavy and trance laden, listening to it reminded partly of A Prophecy and Final Episode from Stand Up And Scream. Great! 5 Stars.
A Lesson Never Learned - Quite symphonic, very heavy and ferocious but seems a bit unpolished and all over the place at times. Theres some nice melody but I feel that could have been apart of a whole different song instead of this. They had some good ideas for this, but as I said it's a bit too all over the place to enjoy. 3 Stars.
To The Stage - Big breakdowns, decent melodies, vocals are very polished on this song and the song works unlike Dear Insanity and A Lesson Never Learned. 4 Stars.
Dedication - Just an interlude, nothing special. I'm not rating this.
Someone, Somewhere - One of the better songs on the album, a nice bit of Electronica, it's also a very melodic track. It also has a very nice guitar solo. 5 Stars
Breathless - This song reminded me a little bit of Atreyu at times. The breakdowns and the riffs have been used many times before by Asking Alexandria and the song lacks originality and seems rather recycled. 3 Stars.
The Match - Suffers from the same problem as Breathless, this track didn't keep me very interested and I felt like skipping the track at times. 2 Stars.
Another Bottle Down - Cant say much for this song, just feels like filler. 2 Stars.
Reckless & Relentless - The album's title track doesn't let up and luckily doesn't fall into the trap of feeling too all over the place, it put a smile on my face when I heard the lyric, "I AM ROCK AND ROLL", not too bad a track, heavy riffs, breakdowns, gang vocals and Electronica. 5 Stars.
Morte Et Dabo - Ferocious and Frantic, decent melodic vocals and a couple of great breakdowns. When listening to it kind of makes you wanna destroy everything in your path. Good way to end the album. 5 Stars.
It's not bad, but its not great either, Asking Alexandria haven't really brought anything new to there music and a lot of songs just sound recycled and fail to keep interest.