Is Danny be­hav­ing him­self? Are Ask­ing a fam­ily again? And can they re­turn to their for­mer glory? We crash their record­ing ses­sions to find out.

The first Danny-fronted al­bum in more than four years is upon us

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that we didn’t ex­pect to be say­ing two years ago: we’re on the verge of a new al­bum from a Danny Worsnop-fronted Ask­ing Alexandria. The re­turn­ing enig­matic front­man and his band­mates are cur­rently putting the fin­ish­ing touches to their fifth stu­dio al­bum to cap off one of the most surprising re­unions of re­cent time. Fol­low­ing the de­cent re­cep­tion to first sin­gle Into The Fire, which was un­leashed last month, we spoke to gui­tarist Ben Bruce about what to ex­pect, and to see if time truly is a healer.

SO, HOW HAVE YOUR RE­LA­TION­SHIPS HELD UP DUR­ING THIS RECORD­ING SES­SION?

BEN BRUCE: “Well, I al­ways have a re­ally good time in the stu­dio be­cause I love cre­at­ing new mu­sic and see­ing things grow, but this has prob­a­bly been my favourite ex­pe­ri­ence in a stu­dio ever. I hadn’t been in the stu­dio with Danny since From Death To Des­tiny five years ago and back then our re­la­tion­ship was in­cred­i­bly strained. We were in a bad place, it wasn’t a lot of fun, but this felt like when we went in to record Stand Up And Scream, when we were young and we were hun­gry and we were ex­cited. And it felt just like we were kids again; we couldn’t wait to wake up and work on th­ese songs again. It was a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.”

HAS DANNY BROUGHT ANY OF THOSE OUT­SIDE IN­FLU­ENCES THAT WERE SUCH A STICK­ING POINT LAST TIME AROUND ON THIS RECORD?

“I think what’s dif­fer­ent this time is that he does have those other out­lets, and be­fore he didn’t. He’s got so much in­side that he wants to get out, that we all had to sit down and agree that we wanted to do some­thing fresh and orig­i­nal. We had to say, ‘Let’s restart Ask­ing Alexandria’ and we have cre­ated some­thing to­tally dif­fer­ent, un­like any­thing I’ve heard be­fore.

And we’re lucky that we have a vo­cal­ist who stands out – there aren’t many in metal where you know who they are the sec­ond they open their mouth. There’s M Shad­ows, Corey Taylor, James Het­field, and I think Danny is one of those, too.”

HAS HE AD­DRESSED THE IS­SUE OF HIS DEPAR­TURE ON THE RECORD, DO YOU THINK?

“I’ve no­ticed a mas­sive change in him. Danny used to just sing about sex and drugs and rock’n’roll, but this time he’s more honest and raw, it’s not about just be­ing fucked up. The first lyrics you hear on the al­bum are ‘I’ve been away a while’ and he does ad­dress him go­ing away and not be­ing in the right headspace. It’s him open­ing up about that ex­pe­ri­ence and hav­ing a clearer frame of mind. I was sat in the stu­dio and it al­most brought a tear to

“THIS FEELS LIKE RECORD­ING STAND UP AND SCREAM”

my eye; it was al­most like he was apol­o­gis­ing to me and telling me that he was here for us now. It was re­ally nice. I think th­ese lyrics will speak to peo­ple.”

HOW HAS THE RE­AC­TION FROM PEO­PLE OUT­SIDE THE BAND BEEN TO THE NEW STUFF?

“It’s funny: nor­mally when we hand in our al­bums they just go, ‘OK cool. Well done’ but this time we handed it in and my phone just blew up! Peo­ple have said that it’s the most in­sane thing they’ve ever heard and it’s the mo­ment they’ve been wait­ing for from us.

Which is ex­cit­ing; we’ve still got that hunger, we stum­bled along the way, but it’s still there.”

AND THE SONGS FROM THE BLACK? HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THEM IN RET­RO­SPECT?

“I’m proud of them in ret­ro­spect. It was just a very dark time in our ca­reer and my life and I hear that in the songs, so I’m not that keen to re­visit them at the mo­ment. I’m too happy with my life at the mo­ment to want to play them, although Danny has said ‘If you want to play those songs, I’ll sing them’, which is re­ally cool of him.”

HOW ABOUT MATT GOOD, WHAT DID HE BRING AS A PRO­DUCER?

“Well, we’ve known Matt for a long time – he used to be in From First To Last and D.r.U.G.S. and we toured with them a lot over the years. He just brought a great char­ac­ter and clar­ity to the songs. It was our first time work­ing with him, but I think we’ve found the dream team!”

Ben and pro­ducer Matt Good: bring­ing back the old-school vibes

Ben says record­ing the new al­bum has been his “favourite

stu­dio ex­pe­ri­ence ever”

James Cas­sells work­ing up a sweat in the stu­dio

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