Reckless And Relentless Review

artist: Asking Alexandria date: 05/13/2011 category: compact discs

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Asking Alexandria: Reckless And Relentless
Released: Apr 5, 2011
Genre: Metalcore
Label: Sumerian
Number Of Tracks: 12
Reckless and Relentless may be the metalcore jem of the year with its varried atmosphere, vigorously passionate delivery, and all around better approach than that of almost every band in this scene.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 7.8
 Overall Impression: 8.2
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overall: 9
Reckless And Relentless Reviewed by: mpastrick, on april 05, 2011
5 of 7 people found this review helpful

Sound: Being the follow up to Stand Up And Scream, this album certainly held true to Asking Alexandria's aggressive sound. It comes in heavy with another intro like their last album, entitled Welcome. One thing that they have improved on, is the incorporation of piano and synth. Welcome brings in the album with a mellow piano that turns into a heavy breakdown like bridge to the next song, Dear Insanity. One of the biggest things that you will notice is the layering of screams. It walks a fine line between good production, and over production, but on the good side. The new and improved highs are commonly coupled with heart pounding lows and it all turns out very well. For anyone who is a fan of Stand Up And Scream, you will begin to hear a more heavy usage of synth breaks and interludes. Songs such as Reckless and Relentless, Closure, and, A Lesson Never Learned really tie it into the songs to give it a very dark over-tone. Thankfully, Joey Sturgis was careful not to let it anything overpower something else. James Cassells really followed through on drums, setting the pace of the album and really making hooks where it counts. His technicality has improved and he now seems an even better developed drummer. In the middle of the album is, Dedication, which serves as a break and separates the album tone wise. Afterwards AA comes out with the first song they have released without any screams. Seemingly breaking out of comfort zone, but it seems as though they have pulled it off. From there, the album seems to take on an ascent, getting faster paced and aggressive. With songs like, Breathless, and, Reckless and Relentless, they really show uniqueness in sound while tying all instruments and vocals in together quite elegantly. Morte et Dabo sends the album out quite a bang. I may even venture to say it is the heaviest song from this band yet. Simple yet versatile, putting this song on a proving ground of what seems like an endless breakdown. // 9

Lyrics: The whole album seems to take a dark approach lyrically. Danny Worsnop definitely took into account his battle with alcohol addiction and his struggles to overcome it, providing a sort of hopeful undertone. Some of the lyrics take into account past and future relationships, in such songs as, Dedication, Someone, Somewhere, and Breathless. I certainly hear a lot of release in the words of these songs, aggression taken out through the all of the lyrics. If you are heavily into Stand Up And Scream, you will not be disappointed from this standpoint as many of the same concepts follow through. What has incredibly improved are the skills of Danny Worsnop and Ben Bruce in vocals. The clean vocals sound less produced and more fitting to the music. All the while, the screams have reached a much greater range. The highs are higher and the lows are lower. Simply put. The coupling of the two goes together quite well and really set Asking Alexandria apart from other bands in the metalcore scene. // 9

Overall Impression: I have been avidly awaiting this release and Asking Alexandria did not leave me disappointed. Through this and, Life Gone Wild EP, they have shown that they can really do just about whatever they want. This is a band that has really taken self improvement upon themselves and delivered to fans what they want. I have heard so much these days about how Asking Alexandria just copies every other band out there and they have no skill themselves. Well, why are they so much better then? This band, along with others like, Miss May I and, We Came As Romans have simply done their research, studied, and became good at what they do. The only thing I would like to see more from AA is guitar solos. There are some in the album but there could be more. Otherwise, the fast paced, heart pounding drums of James Cassells, along with the aggressive guitars of Sam Bettley, Ben Bruce, and Cameron Liddel, and Danny Worsnop to set it all off with strong vocals, really makes for a great quintet on the rise. // 9

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overall: 7.7
Reckless And Relentless Reviewed by: mynamehere040, on april 13, 2011
1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: If you're death metal's biggest fan or anything remotely metalcore makes you cringe, you should probably not listen to this album. It's that easy. The scene kids will whine that this is the greatest album ever, and the metal purists will say "It's not tr00 metal." But if you take yourself off of your high horse and examine this album from a third person perspective, you'll find things to admire and things to dislike. Asking Alexandria is, at first glance, "synth and chugs." It's not for everyone. But since Stand Up And Scream, the band's first effort, they have vastly improved their songwriting abilities. The band has ditched more abrasive songs ("Hey There Mr. Brooks," "Nobody Don't Dance No More") in favor of catchier hooks and heavier riffs. They control their use of synths and make them seem less randomly thrown in. Rather than sticking to one basic riff and changing it slightly throughout the whole album the band has done more experimentation to create a more diverse sound, moving away from the drawbacks of their first album. // 8

Lyrics: Asking Alexandria has always had a strange combination of lyrical themes ("Scars don't heal when you keep cutting" and "I like to party" in adjacent songs on their first album) and that has certainly not changed. From life on tour to partying to introspective emo lyrics, they don't cover much new ground here. The biggest change on the album is their vocals. They have refrained from the blatantly pitch-corrected clean vocals of Stand Up And Scream for a more raw, realistic sound. While Danny Worsnop doesn't have the greatest voice you'll ever hear, the experimentation has its promising moments. // 7

Overall Impression: Asking Alexandria has taken several large steps in the right direction. From their growth in their songwriting ability to their vocal experimentation, they are certainly carving their own niche in the post-hardcore scene, perhaps one of the heavier ones, while maintaining a wider appeal than most heavier bands. It's rare to see a "synthcore" band mature this quickly, and while Reckless And Relentless doesn't necessarily feel fantastic the first time through, it is overall stronger than their first effort. // 8

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overall: 9
Reckless And Relentless Reviewed by: unregistered, on april 05, 2011
0 of 5 people found this review helpful

Sound: Reckless And Relentless picks up from where Stand Up And Scream left off. The album just feels like a follow-on album, song's like A Lesson Never Learned's helps it sound like this by encorpating vocal samples from their older album. As a band they still sound care-free however seem more serious too. The Album seems more Metalcore than Post-Hardcore like their first album and the guitar tone is slightly "cleaner" and less "Chuggy". // 9

Lyrics: Lyrically they sound more mature and both the screaming and singing have improved. The variety of screaming is good, as it ranges from extremely low screams to very high-pitched screams, this variety adds depth to the album and makes it more engaging and not boring or repetitive. Also the use of vocals from their previous album is good as it has you singing along after listening to it for the first time. // 9

Overall Impression: Overall, I'd say this album is as good as, if not better than their previous release, however their transition to becoming a more Metalcore band may cause some of their fans to dislike this album, so far I am most impressed by A Lesson Never Learned, Welcome, Dear Insanity and Closure. // 9

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overall: 8
Reckless And Relentless Reviewed by: ninjagayden777, on april 05, 2011
0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: There are only so many directions a Metalcore band can take before wearing out their sound and becoming monotenous. It's happened to some of the best in the game, even. Clearly, Asking Alexandria are fighting very hard not to be lumped in that category, because their new album, Reckless And Relentless takes as many steps away from thier debut as possible. The overall result is an album that's heavy, raw, and begging to be played as loud as you can get it. The intro, properly titled "Welcome" brings in the new sound, starting deceptively calm, and veering into a punishing breakdown (a sign of what is, most certainly, to come). The next few tracks show off AA's heavy side, with crunchy guitar lines and tremollo leads a'plenty. And most certainly unlike some contemporaries, keyboard lines are executed not only well, but in a manner that they make the sound all the more epic. The most surprising element, to me, is the inclusion of a few really decent guitar solos. Apparently all the Skid Row worship broke through into their music, prompting them to stay away from just breakdowns and octaves. The downside to all of this is that the songs, very like their first album, can come off as sounding far too similar at points. Listening at a distance I can missmatch breakdowns from songs to ones on the complete opposite end of the album. All in all though, this is a drastic improvement upon Stand Up And Scream musically. // 7

Lyrics: Love him, or hate him, Danny is an amazing vocalist. His bellows are fierce and gritty, screams sharp as knives, and melodious lines perfectly executed. He has improved a lot since the last album, favoring the low end growls over higher screams, which matches the heavier tone of the band very well. One of the vocal highlights is the song To The Stage, which showcases Danny displaying all his vocal techniques with supurb mastery. Lyrically, this album is surprisingly strong. Subject matter is very diverse, going from God (What a way to end the world/With false hope in a false god - Morte Et Dabo), self loathing (I spend my days looking through pages/Trying to find a way to get away from me - Breathless), and the vigors of touring (Even though I'm on my own/ I know I'm not alone/Cause I know there's someone, somewhere/Waiting when I make it home - Someone, Somewhere). This is far more than 12 tracks of lovesick emo-metalcore: the passion of the lyrics, backed up by outstanding delivery, makes vocals a true highpoint on this album. // 9

Overall Impression: Reckless and Relentless may be the metalcore jem of the year with its varried atmosphere, vigorously passionate delivery, and all around better approach than that of almost every band in this scene. Asking Alexandria have truly suceeded in making an album that unlike those of others, could quite possibly stand the test of time and become a milestone for the genre. While there are quite a few people that find this band absolutely attrocious, R&R may just turn some haters into fans, and for the ones it doesn't, they obviously are missing out on a brilliant piece of work. For fans of: "Zombie" era The Devil Wears Prada, early Bring Me The Horizon, Miss May I. // 8

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overall: 6.3
Reckless And Relentless Reviewed by: xcody22x, on may 13, 2011
0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: The sound in this album is beyond better than their previous release "Stand Up And Scream". The guitar tones have evolved into more of a metal sound and the bass tone is incredible. Danny's vocals are a little shot in this album, as you can tell in the song "Breathless". Above just that his creaming is more of yelling and low screaming. His singing is better then their first album. I'd recommend this album to all those kids that like metalcore mixed with electronia and dubstep. "Welcome": this is the intro to thew whole album and its basically the band introducing you to their emerging. Rating 3/5. "Dear Insanity": The guitars in this song are pretty good, nothing technical, pretty easy but fun to play. Danny's singing vocals are pretty good but this song almost sounds like a commercial song being played on the radio. Rating: 3/5. "Closure": this song is my favorite out all of the songs on this album. The bass tone is incredible and can't be copied. The vocals almost sound like a 80's metal band. The lyrics are basically aboput being infamous and notorious and what its like to be a rockstar. Asking Alexandria played this song on Jimmy Kimmel Live and he loved it. Rating: 4/5. "A Lesson Never Learned": this song is kinda boring. The guitars and basic and nothing complicating. But their are some parts of this song that sound great. Especially the breakdowns. Rating: 2.5/5. "To The Stage": my second favorite of this album. Its basically about a guy and a girl being reckless and out of control. The guitars are pretty good in this one. You can't quite hear the bass tone. Rating: 3/5. "Dedication": this song is a waste of music. They try to make a soft song and there isnt any singing in it at all except Danny's backing vocals. The main vocals are done by some british actor that sounds exactly Ben Bruce, the lead guitarist. Rating: 1/5. "Someone, Somewhere": its about someone helping Danny through his difficulties and helping him making it through music. The guitars are pretty good, basic metalcore. Bass tone, you can barely here. This is pretty much their soft song. Danny sings in the whole song, no screaming. Rating: 3.5/5. "Breathless": this is my 4th favorite. Danny does all low vocals except for some parts. Its pretty much all breakdowns. For some reason its a pretty heavy song. Rating: 3/5. "The Match": at first this song is boring and they use octaves with the guitars in the beginning. But after all that the song gets pretty good. The chorous sounds exactly like what you'd expect from Asking Alexandria. Nothing too special. But the verse after that is pretty good. Rating: 2/5. "Another Bottle Down": this song actually has some difficult parts in it. And almost sounds like their band mates Born Of Osiris. Rating: 3.5/5. "Reckless & Relentless": this song is my 3rd favorite. The lyrics tell it all. They are very open and honest. Danny's vocals are pretty good in it. The guitars are too special nor the bass. Rating: 4.5/5 "Morte Et Dabo": this song has caused a little controversy. Its about the devil wanting to kill ogd. It tells the devils side of the story. And its blastphamous. Danny intended it to be that way. His vocals are all highs with a little lows. Rating: 3.5/5 Overall rating: 7.5. // 7

Lyrics: Danny's vocals sound a little shot and he doesnt't sing so high in this album. But he has evovled a little bit from the first album. All the lyrics tell about being self destructive and reckless & relentless. They all tell the truth and basically about how Danny lives his life day in and day out. // 5

Overall Impression: I'd recommend this album to all those kids that like metalcore mixed with electronia and dubstep. This is very good evelution from their first album but the guitars need alot of work, they should be more technical. And a little heavier. They use drop c in this album. Joey Sturgis did a good job on producing their album. He used all the techniques he used in his recent productions. The tremlo open string drops. The extremely heavy bass tone. Listen to Emmure and you'll know what I'm talking about. // 7

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