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The stalwart British rockers' sixth full-length effort, Like a House on Fire sees Asking Alexandria continuing to distance themselves from the screamo/metalcore scene in which they were forged. While much of the uncompromising heaviness remains, that aggression is tempered by a willingness to measure the sonic possibilities of melody with a much longer yardstick than in the past. Bursting at the seams with 15 tracks, Like a House on Fire could have benefitted from some pruning, since it's as protracted as it is sonically and stylistically diverse. Commencing with the titular cut, a stadium-filling anti-anthem that effectively imbues the group's trademark power and melodic angst with a radio-ready modern rock sheen, the LP cycles through a multitude of genres before coming to rest on the sugary and sleazy electro-pop closer "Lorazepam." A predilection towards electronics has always been in the band's wheelhouse, but Like a House on Fire is positively voltaic, with every palm-muted riff and beefy breakdown being carried along by a cavalcade of loops, programmed beats, and moody synth pads. Pizzicato digital string plucks accompany the verses of the otherwise hulking "One Turns to None," opaque tendrils of contemporary R&B weave themselves into "It's Not Me (It's You)" and "Here's to Starting Over," and token power ballad "I Don't Need You" -- a duet with social media star Grace Grundy -- even flirts with modern country. Still, there are plenty of muscular and grandiose moments to be found here, many of which ("Down to Hell," "Antisocialist, The Violence") retain the scope and seismic heft of the group's earlier works. That said, no longer wading into the mainstream, Asking Alexandria have officially gone swimming, and it'll be up to longtime fans to decide whether or not the water is fine or not.
© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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1
House On Fire
00:03:33

Matt Good, Producer, Writer - Danny Worsnop, Writer - Asking Alexandria, MainArtist - Benjamin Bruce, Writer

© 2020 Sumerian Records ℗ 2020 Sumerian Records

2
They Don't Want What We Want (And They Don't Care)
00:03:15

Matt Good, Producer - Danny Worsnop, Composer - Asking Alexandria, MainArtist - Ben Bruce, Composer

© 2020 Sumerian Records ℗ 2020 Sumerian Records

3
Down To Hell
00:03:16

Matt Good, Producer, Writer - Danny Worsnop, Writer - Asking Alexandria, MainArtist - James Cassells, Writer - Benjamin Bruce, Writer

© 2020 Sumerian Records ℗ 2020 Sumerian Records

4
Antisocialist
00:03:36

Matt Good, Producer - Danny Worsnop, Composer - Asking Alexandria, MainArtist - Ben Bruce, Composer

© 2020 Sumerian Records ℗ 2020 Sumerian Records

5
I Don't Need You
00:03:42

Matt Good, Producer, Writer - Danny Worsnop, Writer - Asking Alexandria, MainArtist - Benjamin Bruce, Writer - Grace Grundy, Writer, MainArtist

© 2020 Sumerian Records ℗ 2020 Sumerian Records

6
All Due Respect
00:03:55

Matt Good, Producer, Writer - Danny Worsnop, Writer - Asking Alexandria, MainArtist - James Cassells, Writer - Benjamin Bruce, Writer

© 2020 Sumerian Records ℗ 2020 Sumerian Records

7
Take Some Time
00:03:25

Matt Good, Producer, Writer - Danny Worsnop, Writer - Asking Alexandria, MainArtist - Benjamin Bruce, Writer

© 2020 Sumerian Records ℗ 2020 Sumerian Records

8
One Turns To None
00:03:04

Matt Good, Producer, Writer - Danny Worsnop, Writer - Asking Alexandria, MainArtist - Benjamin Bruce, Writer

© 2020 Sumerian Records ℗ 2020 Sumerian Records

9
It's Not Me (It's You)
00:02:55

Matt Good, Producer, Writer - Danny Worsnop, Writer - Asking Alexandria, MainArtist - James Cassells, Writer - Benjamin Bruce, Writer

© 2020 Sumerian Records ℗ 2020 Sumerian Records

10
Here's To Starting Over
00:03:17

Matt Good, Producer, Writer - Danny Worsnop, Writer - Asking Alexandria, MainArtist - James Cassells, Writer - Benjamin Bruce, Writer

© 2020 Sumerian Records ℗ 2020 Sumerian Records

11
What's Gonna Be
00:03:25

Matt Good, Producer, Writer - Danny Worsnop, Writer - Asking Alexandria, MainArtist - James Cassells, Writer - Benjamin Bruce, Writer

© 2020 Sumerian Records ℗ 2020 Sumerian Records

12
Give You Up
00:03:33

Matt Good, Producer, Writer - Danny Worsnop, Writer - Asking Alexandria, MainArtist - Benjamin Bruce, Writer

© 2020 Sumerian Records ℗ 2020 Sumerian Records

13
In My Blood
00:03:31

Matt Good, Producer, Writer - Danny Worsnop, Writer - Asking Alexandria, MainArtist - James Cassells, Writer - Benjamin Bruce, Writer

© 2020 Sumerian Records ℗ 2020 Sumerian Records

14
The Violence
00:03:28

Matt Good, Producer, Writer - Danny Worsnop, Composer, Writer - Asking Alexandria, MainArtist - James Cassells, Composer, Writer - Ben Bruce, Composer, Writer

© 2020 Sumerian Records ℗ 2019 Sumerian Records

15
Lorazepam
00:04:02

Matt Good, Producer, Writer - Danny Worsnop, Writer - Asking Alexandria, MainArtist - Benjamin Bruce, Writer

© 2020 Sumerian Records ℗ 2020 Sumerian Records

Album Description

The stalwart British rockers' sixth full-length effort, Like a House on Fire sees Asking Alexandria continuing to distance themselves from the screamo/metalcore scene in which they were forged. While much of the uncompromising heaviness remains, that aggression is tempered by a willingness to measure the sonic possibilities of melody with a much longer yardstick than in the past. Bursting at the seams with 15 tracks, Like a House on Fire could have benefitted from some pruning, since it's as protracted as it is sonically and stylistically diverse. Commencing with the titular cut, a stadium-filling anti-anthem that effectively imbues the group's trademark power and melodic angst with a radio-ready modern rock sheen, the LP cycles through a multitude of genres before coming to rest on the sugary and sleazy electro-pop closer "Lorazepam." A predilection towards electronics has always been in the band's wheelhouse, but Like a House on Fire is positively voltaic, with every palm-muted riff and beefy breakdown being carried along by a cavalcade of loops, programmed beats, and moody synth pads. Pizzicato digital string plucks accompany the verses of the otherwise hulking "One Turns to None," opaque tendrils of contemporary R&B weave themselves into "It's Not Me (It's You)" and "Here's to Starting Over," and token power ballad "I Don't Need You" -- a duet with social media star Grace Grundy -- even flirts with modern country. Still, there are plenty of muscular and grandiose moments to be found here, many of which ("Down to Hell," "Antisocialist, The Violence") retain the scope and seismic heft of the group's earlier works. That said, no longer wading into the mainstream, Asking Alexandria have officially gone swimming, and it'll be up to longtime fans to decide whether or not the water is fine or not.
© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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