LIVE: Asking Alexandria @ Club Academy, Manchester (13/12/2010)

Date: December 13th, 2010
Venue: Club Academy, Manchester
Support: The Amity Affliction, Miss May I
Website: None available


Though originating and forming in York, it’s hard to believe that a year on from their fairly successful debut album ‘Stand Up And Scream’, Asking Alexandria will finally set off on their first ever UK headlining tour. America has had more than its fair share of the Yorkshire six-piece, and now finally it’s time for the Brits to see what the fuss is all about once and for all.

All the way from the other side of the world, Australia’s The Amity Affliction (**) deliver a rather brute and generally simplistic hardcore sound. Though there’s no doubt that their sound is visceral and forceful, their projection is rather weak and frail, regardless of the crowds clear appreciation for the 5-piece. Their lack of energy doesn’t do them any favours either.

Americans Miss May I (****) are a very different story however, who as impressive to the eye as they are to the ear. Vocalist Levi Benton is putting his all into their performance from start to finish, screaming and growling from the bottom of his lungs whilst parading around the stage with confidence and demanding orders to the crowd. They go ahead with every word though, with set closer ‘Relentless Chaos’ bringing a relentless and chaotic flow of crowdsurfers to the front, making good work of the venue security.

It’s just a shame the whole quality and atmosphere of the night is quenched once again with eagerly-awaited headliners Asking Alexandria (***). The crowd are more than content and exciting to finally be seeing the York sextet playing in Manchester soil, but despite the wait they don’t match expectations. ‘A Single Moment Of Sincerity’ comes across a little flat, though ‘Hey There Mr. Brooks’ and ‘Final Episode (Let’s Change The Channel)’ shows there are some moments of notability, regardless as to how short lived they are. Danny Worsnop’s constant references to sleeping with members of the audience, getting drunk and nudity soon get very tedious, and at times annoying too.

Asking Alexandria have got a lot riding on them from their British fans, especially with the release of album number two early next year. Let’s hope they don’t disappoint in their return in April.

Written by Zach Redrup