House On Fire kicks things off in typically self-assured fashion, packed with stomping riffs and big stadium rock hooks. You might expect They Don’t Want What We Want (And They Don’t Care) to be a middle finger to the band’s haters, but this one is political; railing against the powers that be via huge hooks, crackling energy and a bridge that is pure pop-rock perfection. It’s on the next track Down To Hell that they set out their stall. ‘I don't care what you think about where I choose to draw my line / Sociopath, self-absorbed, egotistical asshole,’ Danny spits in a song that also makes the most dynamic use of the old ‘Na na na’ refrain ever committed to tape. ‘You can want what I'm not or what I was / I can't hear you through the new sound,’ he continues.
One of the album’s standout cuts is also one of its most restrained. I Don’t Need You is part smoky R&B, part classic rock power ballad and all emotion, featuring a wonderful guest vocal from British singer/songwriter and social media star Grace Grundy. Elsewhere, All Due Respect mixes a laid-back vibe with caustic lyrics while Take Some Time is pure unremitting – and unapologetic – sleaze.
Like A House On Fire is an album that ebbs, flows and branches into numerous shapes and directions. It’s also yet another Asking Alexandria album that will divide opinion. And, once again, the band themselves are unlikely to care.
A House On Fire is out May 15 via Sumerian. Pre-order and pre-save it now.