ASKING ALEXANDRIA – From Death To Destiny

asking alexandria album review

You’re f**king crazy if you think that I’ll ever change” cries out Asking Alexandria front man Danny Worsnop on the opening track titled “Don’t Pray For Me”.  If anything has really stuck out to me about this album it is this KILLER opening track filled with some pissed off and emotional lyrics and vocals from Danny.  This whole album is filled with the things mentioned above and just grabs on and never lets go for the entire ride that is From Death to Destiny. “Don’t Pray For Me” has the whole band at its best with some killer fret work from Guitarists Ben Bruce and Cameron Liddell.  After such a killer intro they followed up perfectly with the next track titled “Killing You”.  This song opens with strings and Danny singing out  “You love me for all the wrong reasons, there’s nothing but pain left here I know, what’s killing me is that I’m killing you” before kicking into the signature guitar and drum attack we have all come to know from Asking Alexandria and the band tops it all off with a catchy chorus and kickass breakdown that’s sure to have all the moshers happy! Next is the lead single from the album, “Death Of Me”.  Not only does the album feature the metal version of this song but also the radio friendly version (which I prefer).  The “metal” version just leaves something to be desired and doesn’t have the emotional weight I feel the radio version carries, which in my opinion, is the best part of the song but nevertheless is a great track and a standout for sure!  The next song has been out for over a year now and was our first taste of what was to come from AA on the new album and this track is KILLER.  The verses here just make me want to be in the middle of a crowd jumping and pushing all those around me!  “Breaking Down These Walls” is what I can only assume will be a single from the album.  Now this really would be a great song….if another band would have wrote it.  Don’t get me wrong, I do like the song and I do like AA performing it, it just feels forced like they were trying to write a radio hit but this is nothing but a mere speed bump in what is Asking Alexandria’s BEST album to date.  ”Creature” is a song that was written strictly to be played live to get people moving!  This song is heavy and about as brutal as it gets when it comes to Asking Alexandria, again topped off with that signature catchy chorus!  This is easily one of my favorite songs on this album.  Great guitar work here on a song that is another radio friendly track but unlike “Breaking Down These Walls” this one does not feel forced at all and sounds like an AA song.  One thing that I really do enjoy about this album is how they incorporated all kinds of rock into one album.  With that being said we come to “Moving On”.  I could have seen this song being written as a huge 80’s power ballad which is not bad at all, not even by a long shot.  This is a GREAT ballad and something I would have never expected from these guys.  Excellent job here!  Next up is my personal favorite track on the album called “The Road” and if I’m not mistaken I would say that “Moving On” and “The Road” form a story together(?).  In my opinion this 2 song attack should have closed the album.  I love the vocal play here between clean and screams and even the lighter guitar straight into the breakdown make this song a FANTASTIC Asking Alexandria song.  Lastly is “Until The End” which features guest vocals by none other than ex Killswitch Enagage front man Howard Jones.  So with that being said, not to jump on the hate bandwagon here but what did they do to Hojo’s vocals?!  If there is ONE man in metal today that doesn’t need ANY auto tune it is Mr. Jones.  This would have been a great song if it wasn’t for the parts with auto tunes on Howard Jones.  Other than that, this is a badass song and I love the strings in the end!

So in closing I just want to say the band have found their calling.  Not only can they write heavy songs they have a lighter side as well!  Asking Alexandria’s song writing skills have grown leaps and bounds since their last album.  This album was worth the wait and will not disappoint!  Be sure to pick this up and go see them on tour this fall!!   5/5 (By David Rader)

asking alexandria album review