Sound — 10
Despite Asking Alexandria's incredible debut album, "Stand Up and Scream," "Reckless & Relentless" is representative of the peak of their career from any knowledgeable fan. Danny's (Worsnop, lead vocalist) unclean vocals have improved greatly from the amateur-yet-impressible screams heard on "SUAS," and the album as a whole perfectly balances heavy and soft sections, with songs such as "Dedication" and "Someone, Somewhere" mixed in with "Breathless" and "Morte Et Dabo." An advancement in instrumentals is also evident in this album. "Stand Up and Scream" did show Ben (Bruce, lead guitarist) and Cameron (Liddell, rhythm guitarist)'s skills with their respective instruments, but it does not match the standards shown on "Reckless & Relentless," which includes more complicated riffs, better shreds and much improved breakdowns. Talent notwithstanding, "SUAS" was still an incredible album, but "R&R" contains some of my all-time favourite sounds from one of the best mainstream metalcore bands.
Lyrics — 8
Much like the sound of the album, the lyrics of this album - when audible through Worsnop's vocals - have shown some advancement since "Stand Up and Scream"'s amateur and frankly immature vocals. This album still continues some aspects of lyrical subjects from "SUAS," yet it finds it feet in other places, talking about other issues that are more focused on relatable topics. A good example of this would be the song "Dedication," in which the lyrics talk about losing a person close to you, and to keep strong in times of sadness. The lyrics also go perfectly with the heavy music, and their delivery, as aforementioned, shows the skill Worsnop has as a vocalist as well as Ben's talent and imagination as a guitarist and songwriter.
Overall Impression — 9
Compared to "Stand Up and Scream," "Reckless & Relentless" does the band justice in improving and moving their sound forward. Since it's release, the band has not come close to exceeding the album's standard, and it still remains to be their greatest work. As one area of improvement, I still think the lyrics, especially those from songs like "To the Stage," could be replaced with more meaningful ones, and be less centred around the topics of women or partying. Other than that, this album is one of my favourites of all time, and is definitely the best release by Asking Alexandria, earning them a well-deserved spot in the mainstream "rock" scene.