|Reckless & Relentless|
|Studio album by|
|Released||5 April 2011|
|Recorded||June–September 2010, at The Foundation Recording Studios, Connersville, Indiana|
|Asking Alexandria chronology|
|Singles from Reckless & Relentless|
Reckless & Relentless is the second studio album by English metalcore band Asking Alexandria. It was released on 5 April 2011 through Sumerian Records. Announced on 22 December 2009, recording for the album began in June 2010 at the Foundation Recording Studios in Connersville, Indiana and ended in the fall of that year. The songs "Welcome," "Reckless & Relentless," "To The Stage," "Dear Insanity," and "A Lesson Never Learned" make up the short film Through Sin + Self-Destruction, which features the band's "party hard" lifestyle.
Metalcore is a fusion genre combining elements of extreme metal and hardcore punk, that originated in the late 1980s. Among other styles blending metal and hardcore, such as crust punk and grindcore, metalcore is noted for its use of breakdowns, which are slow, intense passages conducive to moshing. Other defining instrumentation includes heavy guitar riffs often utilizing percussive pedal tones and double bass drumming. Vocalists in the genre typically perform screaming, more popular bands often combine this with the use of standard singing, usually during the bridge or chorus of a song. However the death growl is also a popular technique within the genre.
Asking Alexandria are an English rock band from York, North Yorkshire, consisting of lead vocalist Danny Worsnop, guitarists Ben Bruce and Cameron Liddell, drummer James Cassells and bassist Sam Bettley.
Sumerian Records is an American independent record label based in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. The label was founded in 2006 by Ash Avildsen. Fellsilent became the first non-US band to be signed to the label, in 2008. Sumerian's roster includes a number of progressive metal bands, notably in the djent subgenre.
Musically, Reckless & Relentless is primarily a metalcore album that includes only a few elements of euro-trance compared to Stand Up and Scream and also has influences of classic rock and metal.It also has influences of deathcore as displayed on the song Morte Et Dabo. It debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 31,000 copies in its first week.
Eurodance is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in the late 1980s in Europe. It combines many elements of techno, Hi-NRG, house music and Euro disco.
Stand Up and Scream is the debut studio album by English metalcore band Asking Alexandria, released on 15 September 2009 through Sumerian Records. The album has charted at number 170 on the Billboard 200, number 29 on Top Independent albums, and number 5 on Top Heatseekers. The record managed to remain at the Top Heatseekers chart at position number 36 until the end of July 2010.
Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.
Reckless & Relentless was recorded during the summer and autumn of 2010 at the Foundation Recording Studios in Connersville, Indiana. The first official confirmation of the sophomore full-length was on 22 December 2009, wherein Asking Alexandria announced that they were to start the works on a second album in January. They informed that they were to be streaming parts of the writing process through a webcam feed via the service Stickam. It was also announced that they will be entering the studio on 1 September 2010, again with producer Joey Sturgis, who produced the band's debut album Stand Up and Scream . The band later announced that they were scheduled to begin recording on 22 June 2010. Asking Alexandria confirmed through an interview with Shred News that the album would be released on 5 April featuring 12 tracks.However, the original album was supposed to contain 13 tracks and 3 bonus iTunes tracks. This didn't make it because they didn't wish to delay the album release date. In the same interview, the band informed that a title was not yet established. One song, "Breathless" was played live to promote the album, and was released with their Life Gone Wild EP.
Indiana is a U.S. state in the Midwestern and Great Lakes regions of North America. Indiana is the 38th-largest by area and the 17th-most populous of the 50 United States. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis. Indiana was admitted to the United States as the 19th U.S. state on December 11, 1816. Indiana borders Lake Michigan to the northwest, Michigan to the north, Ohio to the east, Kentucky to the south and southeast, and Illinois to the west.
Stickam was a live-streaming video website that launched in 2005. Stickam featured user-submitted pictures, audio, video, and most prominently, live streaming video chat. The site quickly expanded to include live shows and produced content from MTV, G4 TV, CBS Radio, NATPE, CES, and many others, as well as live performances and shows with numerous musicians and celebrities.
Joey Sturgis is an American record producer and owner of The Foundation Recording Studio in Connersville, Indiana. Sturgis started recording in 2004 including producing the Asking Alexandria single "The Final Episode" which has gone on to earn an RIAA certified Gold Record.
During an interview with Fallen Blue, Danny Worsnop said of the album cover, "We wanted something shocking, so we had the famous porn actress, Belladonna, just sitting in The Dirty Room." Danny further discussed, "Someone, Somewhere", a song off the new album as the first one "that I wrote the lyrics using my emotions as a backdrop."
Belladonna is an American retired pornographic actress, director, producer, and model.
The first official single from the album entitled "Morte et Dabo" was released on 15 February 2011, as announced beforehand by the band. Pre-orders for Reckless & Relentless were made available on 3 March 2011. A music video for "Closure" was released 5 July 2011 and a music video for "To the Stage" was released on 12 July 2011.
|Mind Equals Blown|
Reckless & Relentless received generally positive reviews from music critics. Phil Freeman from Allmusic gave the album a positive review, saying, "What separates Asking Alexandria from most of their peers is an awareness of classic rock & roll dynamics – some of the riffs they write are straightforward updates of Guns N' Roses or Skid Row (two of whose songs they covered on their Life Gone Wild EP), and they're as interested in getting listeners singing along as moshing."Alternative Press also gave the album a positive review, saying, "Asking Alexandria haven't radically changed their sound, but there's enough evolution on Reckless & Relentless to convince any listener that they're more than metalcore also-rans or one-trick ponies".
Reckless & Relentless debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 31,000 copies within its first week.It spent 7 weeks on the chart whilst also debuting within the top 5 of the Billboard Rock Albums, Hard Rock Albums and Independent Albums charts. It also peaked at number 30 and 98 in Australia and the United Kingdom. Reckless & Relentless has sold over 161,000 copies in the U.S alone.
The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.
Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.
The Independent Albums chart ranks the highest-selling independent music albums and extended plays (EPs) in the United States, as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is used to list artists who are not signed to major labels. Rankings are compiled by point-of-purchase sales obtained by Nielsen, and from legal music downloads from a variety of online music stores. The chart began in the week of December 2, 2000.
All tracks written by Danny Worsnop, Ben Bruce and James Cassells, except where noted. All credits according to ASCAP.
|3.||"Closure"||Worsnop, Bruce, Cassells, Sam Bettley, Cameron Liddell||3:58|
|4.||"A Lesson Never Learned"||3:54|
|5.||"To the Stage"||3:30|
|10.||"Another Bottle Down"||3:34|
|11.||"Reckless & Relentless"||Worsnop, Bruce, Cassells, Bettley, Liddell||4:08|
|12.||"Morte et Dabo"||Worsnop, Bruce, Cassells, Bettley, Liddell||5:15|
|Best Buy bonus tracks|
|13.||"When Everyday's the Weekend" (Big Chocolate remix)||3:51|
|14.||"Nobody Don't Dance No More" (Noah D remix)||3:49|
|15.||"If You Can't Ride Two Horses at Once... You Should Get Out of the Circus" (Noah D remix)||3:53|
|16.||"I Was Once, Possibly, Maybe, Perhaps a Cowboy King" (Robotsonics remix)||5:31|
|17.||"A Prophecy" (Big Chocolate remix)||4:26|
|Hot Topic bonus tracks|
|13.||"Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)" (Borgore's Die Bitch remix)||4:12|
|14.||"A Candlelit Dinner with Inamorta" (Run DMT remix)||4:14|
|15.||"A Prophecy" (Big Chocolate Electro remix)||4:17|
|Japanese bonus track|
|13.||"Right Now (Na Na Na)" (Akon cover)||4:20|
|Australian Albums Chart (ARIA Charts)||30|
|UK Albums Chart||98|
|US Billboard 200||9|
|US Rock Albums (Billboard)||4|
|US Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)||2|
Credits for Reckless & Relentless adapted from Allmusic.
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