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Asking Alexandria @ Best Buy Theater

Asking Alexandria

Best Buy Theater

March 21, 2014

MANHATTAN, NY—Only one internationally-known heavy metal band can claim to have originated in the United Arab Emirates. Guitarist Ben Bruce started Asking Alexandria in Dubai in 2008, but that original lineup recorded only one album and quickly disbanded. Bruce returned to his native England and formed a new version of the band. The current lineup of Asking Alexandria consists of Bruce on lead guitar, Danny Worsnop on vocals, Cameron Liddell on rhythm guitar, Sam Bettley on bass and James Cassells on drums. The group’s third album, From Death To Destiny, was released in 2013.

At the Best Buy Theater tonight, the staging was big; a large banner featured the band’s name, many stage lights pointed to the audience, James Cassells’ drums were on a very high riser, and there were two puzzling staircases at each end of the stage which were never used during the show. Asking Alexandria came on stage to blinding lights and pre-recorded industrial music. As the audience cheered, Asking Alexandria launched into a fiery repertoire that was equal parts screamo, metalcore and heavy metal. The five musicians opened aggressively with “Don’t Pray For Me,” “Run Free” and “Breathless,” raised the intensity by the time they…

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