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Asking Alexandria vs. Skid Row

Raise your hand if you know the band Asking Alexandria. The English metalcore/screamo/techno band is one of my absolute new faves on the scene. At the end of last year, Asking Alexandria released an EP called Life Gone Wild. Appropriately enough, the band included two Skid Row covers on the disc: "18 and Life" and "Youth Gone Wild." (At Rock on the Range two weeks ago, I got to see Sebastian Bach perform "Youth Gone Wild" with Asking Alexandria).

The thing that surprises me about the covers is that Asking Alexandria stays very true to the originals - there isn't any screamo anywhere in these tunes. In fact, at some points, you'd be hard pressed to tell whether the singer is Sebastian Bach or Danny Worsnop. Sure, there are bits of that English accent in the lower register parts, but on the Bach-esque soaring notes, the similarities are uncanny. And the guitar work is freaking awesome.

I get that a lot of you don't like screamo and that's okay - but you might buy the two Skid Row covers to support this new band who clearly wears their influences on their collective sleeves. On their original songs, the Bullet For My Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold similarities are pretty clear. It's also clear that Asking Alexandria is a band that knows their metal - and isn't afraid to give a nod to the old standards. You know, the bands we call our favorites.

"Youth Gone Wild" by Asking Alexandria

"18 and Life" by Asking Alexandria

Reader Comments (13)

I love it!


My new Unfavorite Sub-Genre!

I'm glad theez cats are not part of it.
June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCapt. Rock
Youth gone wild is amazing - i likey.
June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter$kwint
like like like.
June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian L
Prepared to shrug, but actually enjoyed the Youth Gone Wild cover. Good to see newer bands giving a nod to their past.
June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGator
Love it!
June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBryon
Just listened again!

These dudes have it all...

They got The CHOPS!

They got The Great INFLUENCES! (Skid Row, for one, obviously.)

They got The LOOK! (Awesome HAIR!)

One thing they DO NOT HAVE, however, is a Great NAME! (IMHO.) But what the hell. Details, details. Seems like so many of the kidz today give their bands stoopid names.

Examples of good names: Wildstreet, Crash Diet, Reckless Love, Dirty Penny, Crazy Lixx, etc., etc....

Still, it's great to see (and hear) a band who've got the goods and know how to use 'em.

They go on my "Nu Metal" Playlist, no brainer, and I look forward to checking out their original tunes (man, they must be really into Skid Row to not just cover 'em once, but twice!).

Wouldn't that be sumthin' if their originals were actually BETTER than SKID ROW?!

Rock On!
June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Sorry. I just dont get it. Its a bland, note for note, less than stellar carbon-copy of the original songs. BORING. And 2-bit cover band from California does a similar to better job on these songs 7 nights a week. I'd like it more if they added some flavor to it to make it their own. If you wanna hear a REALLY cool 80's metal cover check out 'Shout At The Devil' by Fashion Bomb.
June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Hahaha the names metal boy listed are some of the most uncreative names ever lol.
But AA are awesome! Their newest album is fantastic. Closure is great metal and someone somewhere soundsnalmost like 80s glam!
June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFlorentine
Hate to be the turd in the punchbowl but yawn. This is just a very bland cover.If you're going to do a cover do something different. Make it faster, slower, do it in Spanish, just do something. When you add in the fact that the singer sounds remarkably like Bas, to me it doesn't help. I do like that they put out an EP, love those things. Cheap and fun releases usually.
Also, what is it with the band name trend of action verbs followed by a proper noun.
These guys
Saving Abel
Finding Clyde
Plus I am sure there are some others that I am blanking on. i think I am going to copyright Washing Debbie and Running Kevin just so I don;t have to read about them later.
June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterscott whitt
ROTFL @ Scott

I have THE BEST readers of any website on the Internet. Period.
June 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
"These" is a verb?
June 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwussie
Hahaha!!!, Scott! Al is so right! ROTF! Man, you nailed it!

Let's run with it a little bit longer...

Asking Allyson

Finding Waldo

Firing Weiner

OK! Better not quit my day job!

p.s. Kenny O! Scotty! Why didn't these guyz mix it up a little bit the way Steelheart has done with Zep's "Black Dog", switching it up in the intro and overall instrumentation as well as production.
June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

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