This week, metalcore titans Asking Alexandria returned to the road headlining the 10 Years in the Black Tour. Joining them are fellow Sumerian Records recording artists Born of Osiris, I See Stars, After the Burial, Upon a Burning Body, and Bad Omens. While this was already scheduled to be one of the hottest tours of the fall, an announcement, just a week before the first show in Seattle, dialed up the heat even more. Asking Alexandria revealed that original vocalist Danny Worsnop had returned to the fold. Replacement frontman Denis Shaforostov, who performed on the band’s most recent album, The Black, has been released, and guitarist Ben Bruce took to Facebook with a live feed to announce the changing of the guards.
AXS caught up with Asking Alexandria on the tour’s third date in Boise, Idaho at the Knitting Factory to catch a glimpse of the reformed line-up. Not surprisingly, the 12-song set did not include any tracks from 2015's The Black album, but the guys did pull four tracks from each of their three records recorded with Worsnop. The band broke up the set into three blocks by album, opening with “Welcome,” “Dear Insanity,” To the Stage,” and “Someone, Somewhere” from 2011’s Reckless & Relentless album. Next they they served up “Moving On,” “The Road,” “The Death of Me,” and “Run Free” from their last record with Danny, 2013’s From Death to Destiny.
From a fan’s perspective, the final set, performed from Asking Alexandria’s 2009 debut Stand Up and Scream, were probably the evening’s highlights. From that record they delivered “A Prophecy,” “Not the American Average,” The Final Episode (Let’s Change the Channel),” and “A Single Moment of Sincerity.” It seemed a perfect way to bring the show full circle.
Throughout the set it was clear the guys had regained their chemistry and were having a lot of fun together. The energy was high and the songs were tight despite the sudden line-up reunion. Rumor has it the guys have already returned to the studio to record a new track with Worsnop, so fans have a lot to be excited for this year.
Photographer Katarzyna Cepek was on hand to capture the action.