Review: Asking Alexandria at Brixton Academy
Asking Alexandria are back, and they are better than ever!
Asking Alexandria are a British metalcore band from York. Currently, the band consists of vocalist Danny Worsnop, guitarist Ben Bruce, guitarist Cameron Liddell, bassist Sam Bettley and drummer James Cassells who released five full-length albums. Whereas the first two albums show influences of metalcore, screamo, post-hardcore and electronicore, the latest albums have influences of hard rock, heavy metal and stadium rock.
The o2 Academy Brixton opened its doors around 7pm. Asking Alexandria’s fans consisted of young adults, while Black Vail Bride’s fans reached from teenagers to older adults. The German trance- and metalcore band To The Rats And Wolves opened the stage with lots of energy. Currently the band consists of Nico Sallach, Dixi Wu, Danny Güldener, Marc Dobruk, Stanislaw Czywil and Simon Yildirim who combine metalcore with electronic influences alongside screamed and clean vocals. They captured the crowd right from the start and were blown away from the fan’s energetic engagement.
First of the two headlining bands was Asking Alexandria who opened their set with ‘Into The Fire’ and an explosive show. Every band member was motivated and delivered a great performance. The fans sang on the top of their lungs, jumped, moshed and enjoyed themselves. Slowing down the set, the band performed some songs acoustic, before finishing with another explosion and ‘Death Of Me’. Danny’s vocal performance was ‘better than ever’. The rough and stripped down acoustic versions created a vulnerable atmosphere in contrast to the rest of the show which was a big party with lights and pyro effects. The last band was the American rock band Black Veil Brides, consisting of Andy Biersack, Ashley Purdy, Jinxx, Jake Pitts and CC who combine metalcore, glam metal, and pop rock. Especially their stage outfits, makeup and Andy’s dark voice are unique for the band. They plaid a mix of older and newer songs which was appreciated by their fans. During their set Jinxx performed on the violin and keyboard for a few songs. The whole set was a great rock show with pyro and steam, keeping the energy levels high.
The acoustic was mixed well, and light shows were fitted to each band creating a unique atmosphere. Overall, the concert was great. Both, the fans and the bands enjoyed the shows. The crowd was highly energised and motivated. Asking Alexandria was better than ever, especially Danny’s vocal performance. All three bands had an amazing evening and were on point which was highly appreciated by the fans!