Asking Alexandria: "We're only just beginning"
Asking Alexandria had to take a step back to move forwards. But, as they tell us, they're only just getting started
In 1897, when American author Mark Twain famously wrote that “Truth is stranger than fiction”, he could have been peering over a hundred years into the future, at the dramatic and unpredictable journey of Asking Alexandria.
When singer and co-founder Danny Worsnop quit Asking in 2015, not long after unveiling his new 80s-influenced classic rock project, We Are Harlot, the British metalcore firebrands managed one of the most difficult tricks in the rock’n’roll handbook – they replaced a frontman. Not just any ol’ frontman, mind you, but one whose zero-fucks swagger and unapologetic enthusiasm for sex, drugs and the rockstar lifestyle had cast him as one of metal’s most entertaining 21st-century bad boys. Undaunted, the band (founder/guitarist Ben Bruce, guitarist Cameron Liddell, bassist Sam Bettley and drummer James Cassells) hooked up with Ukrainian singer Denis Stoff and released a massively successful follow-up – 2016’s The Black – which entered the British Top 20 in March and peaked at Number 9 on the Billboard 200. A sprawling world tour followed and it seemed that, once again, Asking Alexandria were poised to make a run at the likes of Avenged Sevenfold and Slipknot before them. Then shit got weird. Like, really weird. On October 21, 2016, Ben took to Facebook live to drop a stunning pair of announcements. First, he disclosed that Denis had abruptly broken off all communication with the band, which raised a thorny problem, as their Ten Years In The Black tour was scheduled to kick off just four days away. Jaws hit the floor, however, when Ben delivered his second reveal: against the longest of odds and all reasonable possibility, Danny Worsnop was back in the band. Needless to say, the Internet lost its shit.