Album Review: Asking Alexandria’s ‘The Black’

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Album Review: Asking Alexandria’s ‘The Black’

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Stephanie Kroll, Staff Writer

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Asking Alexandria’s new album The Black was released on March 25, and with the new singer, Denis Stoff, it is unlike any other Asking Alexandria album.

When Denis Stoff joined the band in 2015, lots of people weren’t aware of how he’d sound in the band compared to the former singer Danny Worsnop. But even if you had your doubts on the newbie’s sound, there’s a good chance that you could be proved wrong if you listen to ‘The Black.’

This album of 12 songs is very different compared to the last three full length albums because there is a different mindset.

Lead guitarist, Ben Bruce told www.blabbermouth.net, “He (Denis Stoff) put so much effort in and it was just a lot more fun than we’ve had in the studio for years now, and I definitely think that shows as well when you listen to the album. Just the effort we put into it, you can tell just by listening to it.”

Along with a new singer and a new mindset, you can hear that this album consists of clean, strong vocals from both Denis Stoff and even the lead guitarist Ben Bruce.

Even though Ben isn’t the lead singer for Asking Alexandria, he plays a big part in song writing and adding a little bit more meaning by having a solo in as many songs a possible.

In the song “Sometimes It Ends,” Ben begins the song by speaking of the comparison of both the past and the present lead singer. The thing he is specifically talking about is Denis and how much more he is involved with the band opposed to Danny who “just didn’t care anymore.”

The main, and most important thing that has changed with the band is the lyrical style and upbeat music that is caused by the work that the other members put into the new album.

The other members of Asking Alexandria, Cameron, Sam, and James, also had a decent part in making this new album. Each member was present in the studio when they began making the album, whereas for the previous albums, the members were distant and did their own thing.

This album has more than a year’s worth of work on it and it is very noticeable. Each and every one of the songs off of this album is well put together and well thought out.

After listening to this album and watching every interview about it and how much work the members have put into it, I would suggest that if you’re ever looking for a meaningful rock/metal album, you have to pick this up.

To pick up this album, visit www.askingalexandria.com to find out different ways to purchase ‘The Black.’

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