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Asking Alexandria: The Black

Album Review

UK metalcore champions ring the changes

Denis Stoff has some abruptly abandoned shoes to fill.

The fresh-faced Ukranian has already been turned into a thousand GIFs by his multitudes of fans on social media, and has more than proved in his live performances and on singles I Won’t Give In, Undivided and The Black that he’s got the voice and the presence to seamlessly carry on where Danny Worsnop left off. But how does he fare on his first full-length with Asking Alexandria?

Kicking things off is Let It Sleep, which has the urgent, industrial fuzz of Stand Up And Scream, but is less schizophrenic than their debut’s wild pogoing between hard house and metalcore chants. Denis alternates between a booming, death metal-inspired roar and a frantic screech, and shows some gritty clean vocals in a yearning chorus. Title track The Black shows the electronica Asking Alexandria have dabbled with in the past has found a home, with arcade-style sound effects shooting through the chorus, before a gothic piano riff fades in to end the song.

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