Asking Alexandria: 'We Were Meant to Be an Arena Band'

The band is also covering NIN's "Closer" for the new compilation.

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Asking Alexandria's Ben Bruce recently spoke with Artist Direct about the future of the band.

As the guitarist notes, he believes that current album "From Death to Destiny" is a record that can push the band to playing arena sized shows:

"It's always been our goal to one-up every album we've released previously. We do want to move into arenas. Last year, we did a few arena tours. It went really well. We're still hoping to climb onwards and upwards. We'll continue to push in that direction with future releases as well.

"For 'From Death to Destiny,' I think we did exactly what we set out to do and we accomplished it. Like you said, it's taken some time for some people to get used to it, but it really seems to have stuck with most people. It's doing really well at radio. Our old fan base loves it. We've gained a lot more new fans. We're doing some huge tours this year to coincide with the release of the album and keep pushing it further. We'll see what happens."

In other band news_backup, a video for Asking Alexandria's cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" is now online. The track was recorded by the band for Fearless records' "Punk Goes '90s Vol. 2" compilation.

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The track listing for the compilation, which is released on April 1st, is as follows:

1. Get Scared - "My Own Worst Enemy" (Lit cover)
2. Memphis May Fire - "Interstate Love Song" (Stone Temple Pilots cover)
3. Asking Alexandria - "Closer" (Nine Inch Nails cover)
4. The Color Morale - "Everlong" (Foo Fighters cover)
5. Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! - "All Star" (Smash Mouth cover)
6. Mayday Parade - "Comedown" (Bush cover)
7. Motionless in White - "Du Hast" (Rammstein cover)
8. Yellowcard - "Today" (the Smashing Pumpkins cover)
9. Hands Like Houses - "Torn" (Natalie Imbruglia cover)
10. The Ghost Inside - "Southtown" (P.O.D. cover)11. Falling in Reverse - "Gangsta's Paradise" (Coolio cover)12. Ice Nine Kills - "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" (Green Day cover)

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    Pointless cover when its done like this - so similar to the original its just not worth it, regardless of wether its AA or not. I've never been a fan of covers though really. On an unrelated note, that bed the attractive lady is gyrating around on is from the new line available from IKEA, Svelvik I believe its called. Got one the other week, bit squeaky but good for the price.
    About 2 min in it strays pretty far from the original. Takes the NIN and goes full metalcore, which isn't necessarily great, but it is a neat take on the song
    I personally don´t have anything against them, i even like some of their songs very much, but they seem to have a too big ego.
    Audible Warfare
    Rap artists have a big ego and no one bats an eye. Asking Alexandria has a big ego and everyone loses their minds.
    The difference is I would be afraid to punch most rappers in the face. These guys, no problem.
    Van Guff
    I do like AA (I'm by no means a fan girl or anything), but after seeing videos of them playing festivals/large shows as a support act, I have to agree. They are meant for arenas. They got a lot of bad press from the metal world for their first 2 albums, but the latest one is actually so different. People seem to have made their minds up though, which sucks.
    I think people are just a little bit too stubborn. I can enjoy any band, pretty much. Except ****ing Attila. I hate their music. I hate Deicide, too. Benton is just too douche-y with his views on suicide.
    If it's like arena football, y'know... a shittier version of real football... then yes. They're absolutely meant to be an arena band. Godawful!
    I've always found the "Punk goes X" albums interesting. It's not punk in any way, shape, or form, but it's still neat to hear some songs redone, some bands do quite well.
    90% of the covers sound so much worse than the original though. Sometimes cover songs can be a beautiful thing but the "punk goes..." albums have always fallen short IMO, maybe with one or two exceptions. It almost feels disrespectful how forced and whiney most of it is... Also, **** Asking Alexandria.
    strung out did a hell of a job with bark at the moon
    And they KILL it when they do it live. They also did the a cover of Anthrax's "Got the Time" cover when I saw them a few years back, also killed it. Jake and Chris are huge metal heads so they tend to do some pretty cool covers, and have even sounded more metal-y on their more recent stuff. Great Band.
    I look slightly forward to seeing Yellowcard and Mayday Parade covers on them, seeing as they can hold their own. A Skylit Drive did a cover that I thought was good a while back, but that's just me.
    Seems like every band is talking this bullshit these days with no great music to back it up. If they concentrated on creating real art the rest might follow!
    Completely agree. So many bands now are focused on being "the next big thing" and get so caught up in it that they forget about the music. Instead of trying to be huge arena rockers, focus on writing a good song or two!
    Their new album has some good songs on it and they do seem to put on a good live show but they all come out with some pathetic, immature statements, especially the lead singer who seems to be high in just about every interview he does.
    I wouldn't mind this band if they didn't get all the attention that certain other bands SHOULD be getting.
    So I saw AA in concert outdoors last year October. They were in a line up with All That Remains, In This Moment, Sevendust and FFDP. Now regardless of opinions on all those bands I would say they each have something that makes them stand out, whether it's vocals, instrumentals, etc. If AA wants to keep on "pushing up" they need to stop sounding so generic IMO. They just sounded like a filler band compared to the rest of these guys. AA isn't bad but there just isn't anything that makes me say, "hey that's an awesome band!"
    Yeah what i was thinking, still havent listened to the cover, but when i saw these guys i was like "This is pretty sweet" but there was nothing special about their music to make it stand out, just the performance.
    EDIT: On top of all that, I thought the cover sucked honestly. Just nothing special IMO.
    i wish em luck, i want arena rock back. i dont listen to these guys, but i think that's what music needs. some huge overblown egos like Motley Crue and Poisen back in the day. Again not cus i like the music so much, but its fun and better than this bullshit mainstream indie pussy im so sad my girl left me whine whine whine faggy shit that has polluted the air waves
    These guys are a band... hahahahahahahahaha!!! -cough cough- ohhh that's funny!
    I guarantee half you guys haven't heard their new album. The vocals are much better and guitars have improved. They'll only get better with time. Considering they're only 23 years old.
    This is total shit. The tone of his voice does not match the content of this song. The mood is totally different from the original version, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but in this case, it is. There is an excessive amount of outward anger in this version, in the Downward Spiral, the songs were generally about angers directed inwards. The instrumental ending of the song does not fit at all with the other parts of the song. It sounds like a song meant to make you feel happy and dance, while the song is actually about someone losing what they truly believed in and in turn resorting to the basic instincts and desires of mindless ****ing. Not worth the listen.
    When a shitty band tries so hard to fit into a genre and completely fails that's one thing. But then they actually conform and try and fit in even harder, that's just pathetic. They are niche metal, and that's all they will ever be. The days of modern arena rock are over, and Asking Alexandria was never close to filling that gap.
    The new album is a big step in the Rock direction. I'm sure their next one will be even more so.
    Saw these guys here in New Zealand as part of Westfest alongside August Burns Red, Korn, Black Veil Brides, Terror and Saving Grace. Honestly, they were a blast and actually sounded pretty good live. Dannys completely screwed his clean singing from screaming wrong and drinking however he did pretty impressive. The breakdowns kinda bore me and get repetitive but all in all they were great to see
    The Spoon
    The cover was not that bad...but then they did exactly what I feared they would do. Add a breakdown to Closer.
    Isn't it supposed to be a "bands make their own version of classics"? the first half is just a pathetic attempt to copy the original, the rest.... meh. Generic drop B breakdowns