It's (almost) here.
Asking Alexandria's first album with Denis Stoff on vocals is just around the corner. Here's your track-by-track guide to 'The Black'.
1. 'LET IT SLEEP'
As far as album introductions go, it's a bracing one. You can hear 'Let It Sleep' for yourself below. Listen out for one of the heaviest breakdowns you'll hear this year.
2. 'THE BLACK'
The album's title track picks up where 'Let It Sleep' left off with a bunch of punishing instrumentals and anguished vocals. You can hear this one now, too.
3. 'I WON'T GIVE IN'
The sentiment of this song is clear for all to hear, and it's accompanied by the fist-pumping metalcore AA made their name on.
4. 'SOMETIMES IT ENDS'
This song opens with Ben Bruce talking about how he wrote the lyrics for the record with Denis. Recovery is the subject of this song. "I'm standing tall, stronger than I ever did before," reads the chorus atop a song that has shades of Bring Me The Horizon's 'There Is A Hell...'
5. 'THE LOST SOULS'
Lyrically, 'The Lost Souls' finds Asking Alexandria where they used to be - a tight-knit gang that's set up to take on the world. Musically, though, this is new ground. More chunky metallic edge with some Danny Elfman-tinged dramatics means it's a curveball, but an intriguing, well-done curveball.
6. 'JUST A SLAVE TO ROCK 'N ROLL'
As the title might suggest, 'Just A Slave To Rock 'N Roll' bursts into action with party-starting metalcore and has a soaring chorus about moving on and walking away. Pretty rock and roll, then.
7. 'SEND ME HOME'
This one's slow, mournful and reflective, with a far-reaching chorus that shows off Denis Stoff's impressive clean vocals and a bed of epic 'whoa' chants that run throughout.
8. 'WE'LL BE OK'
Perhaps the most ferocious song on the album, and a clear part of the narrative of Danny Worsnop leaving the band. This is Asking Alexandria saying they'll be alright in the heaviest way possible.
9. 'HERE I AM'
"Don't back down. Take a stand," screams Denis over crashing guitars. This one hits hard.
'Gone' almost belongs in a musical. A delicate, piano-led ballad, lyrics like "I've been so sad for far too long" are carried along on the swell of what's surely the band's most delicate, beautiful (!) song yet.
The sombre mood doesn't last for long. Lyrics like "Take take take all your memories, 'cause I don't want them..." and "So get the fuck out" are spat out with white hot fury here.
12. 'CIRCLED BY THE WOLVES'
And the album finishes with even more fury. More defiant lyrics ("I don't care") are accompanied by Southern rock-tinged guitars before Denis shows off his versatility again, switching from a devlish scream to pitch-perfect cleans almost at will. It's typical of 'The Black', and an album that sees them move on emphatically.