Today, an interview with Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria was posted on Artistdirect.com that gave fans some more information about the upcoming third studio album from the band that is to be released later this year.
Here is the dialogue from the interview that pertains to the new album:
“Is “Run Free” a solid prelude of what’s to come on the album?
It is a good introduction to the record. The beauty about this record is there something on it for everyone. There’s no way in hell this record can be pigeonholed to being a scene record, a rock record, a metal record, or a radio record. It’s a really good heavy record. It’s easily accessible. There are songs like “Run Free” that are driving and heavy at times, but then it’s got the soft melodies, catchy chorus, and epic ending. That song is a really good balance. It shows a lot of what this record encompasses and what we’re trying to do with our music. If we kept releasing Stand Up and Scream or Reckless & Relentless, not only would we get bored, but our fucking fans would get bored. The band would end up stagnating and falling apart. We don’t release albums to make money. We release albums because we love what we do.
Over the past couple of years, you’ve defined what Asking Alexandria is. Now, you can show it in the recorded setting.
This record is a huge step forward. We’ve spent a lot of time working on who we are as musicians and what we want to accomplish. It captures everything we are and we have to offer. We’re mixing now. Finally, there’s not long to wait until we can release it. Danny has one song left to record, and he’s doing that tomorrow. Basically, we’re done. We’re figuring out a release date. I think we’ve come up with the album title.
Are you still experimenting with electronics?
Definitely! When you listen to Stand Up and Scream, it was all over the place. We’d be playing a chorus or breakdown and go right into a synth break. To me, it didn’t really flow. It was a cool thing that bands weren’t doing then. Since that record came out, a lot of bands have been doing that. Reckless & Relentless explored how we can use electronics in a different way and encompass them into the song as one rather than jumping between. On this record, we’ve expanded on that. The electronics are definitely there. They’re not necessarily subtle, but they blend into the song even far better than they did on Reckless & Relentless. On this record, I’ve been working on them with Logan Mader. He’s great, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with him. I was on the phone with him yesterday, and he said, “This is the best record he’s heard come from us. Once again, we’re at the forefront of the game”. That meant a lot. I look up to that guy and Machine Head. Coming from him, that’s amazing. Hopefully, this record blows people’s minds.”
Asking Alexandria has certainly evolved since the release of their first studio album, and they have become a huge contender in the metal scene today. Based on what was stated in the interview, it should be a release for many to look forward to.
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You can read the entire interview with Ben Bruce here.