From Death to Destiny

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From Death to Destiny
From Death to Destiny.png
Studio album by
Released6 August 2013
StudioVarious Studios
Genre
Length50:33
LabelSumerian
ProducerJoey Sturgis[1][2]
Asking Alexandria chronology
Under the Influence: A Tribute to the Legends of Hard Rock
(2012)
From Death to Destiny
(2013)
Live from Brixton and Beyond
(2014)
Singles from From Death to Destiny
  1. "Run Free"
    Released: 13 August 2012[3]
  2. "The Death of Me"
    Released: 28 March 2013[4]
  3. "The Death of Me (Rock Mix)"
    Released: 16 April 2013[5]
  4. "Killing You"
    Released: 16 July 2013[6]
  5. "Break Down the Walls"
    Released: 21 October 2013
  6. "Moving On"
    Released: 29 July 2014

From Death to Destiny is the third studio album by British rock band Asking Alexandria. It was released on 6 August 2013 through Sumerian Records and was produced by Joey Sturgis. The band released the first single titled "Run Free" on 13 August 2012. The second single titled "The Death of Me", and a third track "Killing You", were released in March 2013.

This is the band's last album until their self-titled fifth album to feature the full original line-up, as vocalist Danny Worsnop left the band from January 2015 to October 2016.

Background and recording[edit]

Production[edit]

The album was recorded in seven different studios.[7][8]

  • Foundation in Connersville, Indiana
  • Foundation Estate in Rochester, Michigan
  • NRG in Los Angeles, California
  • Darth Mader Music in Los Angeles, California
  • Allan Hessler's Studio
  • Stevie Blacke's Studio
  • A studio in London (a friend of the band recorded some short vocal parts, found in "The Death of Me")
  • Mixed by David Bendeth at House of Loud Studio.[9]

Part of the album was recorded on the band's tour bus. They had announced in previous years that they had wanted to do this. They cleared out parts of the back recreational area of the bus, and installed a small soundproof room, and an area for a mixing board and computer. This is briefly visible in the video released by the band of Danny getting 'disturbed' and was seen completely in the studio update video posted by Danny on his YouTube channel.[10]

When the album was released, on the first track "Don't Pray for Me" you can hear the commotion heard in a video filmed in Seattle during a live performance, where band member Ben asked the audience to vote for Danny to go to rehab.[11]

Release and promotion[edit]

The album was released on 6 August 2013 and two official singles on iTunes. "Run Free" was released officially on 4 December 2012. The song made its live debut on 8 August 2012, at the PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey,[12] a side-stop show from the Mayhem Festival consisting only of As I Lay Dying, Asking Alexandria, and Slipknot. "The Death of Me" and "The Death of Me" (Rock Mix) were released through iTunes on 16 April 2013. Both were released with the official single album artwork. On 12 July 2013, Sumerian Records released a full album preview via YouTube which features snippets of all tracks on the standard edition of the album the same night as the band played on the TV show Guitar Center Sessions and revealed that Howard Jones is a guest vocalist on the 12th track "Until the End". On 16 July, the album was made available for pre-order on iTunes as well as the CD copy and package deals including merchandise to accompany the album. A digital copy of the album's second track "Killing You" downloads automatically when the album is pre-ordered on iTunes. On 23 July, the official music video for "The Death of Me" was released on YouTube by Sumerian Records, although the Rock Mix version of the song was used in place of the original version. There were several leaks of the album online, although Ben Bruce worked hard to take all of the leak links down.

Asking Alexandria played a "Midwest CD Release Tour" in support of the album's release, featuring Motionless in White, Crown the Empire, and Upon a Burning Body in the tour's line-up.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(76/100)[13]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[14]
Alternative Press4/5 stars[15]
Artistdirect5/5 stars[16]
The Independent3/5 stars[17]
Shields Gazette4/10 stars[18]

The album received mostly positive reviews, but also mixed reviews from several critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 76 out of 100 based on 4 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13] AllMusic wrote that the album showed a maturation of the band, a move away from simplistic "girls and drugs" metalcore to produce a more personal hard rock album which showed post-grunge influence, with the metalcore parts "smoothed down considerably".[14]

Retrospect[edit]

Reflecting on the album in a 2016 interview with Alternative Press, guitarist Ben Bruce commented on the significant change in atmosphere upon recording their newest record, The Black, in comparison to From Death to Destiny, stating he felt the band were "in a different mindset than we were for From Death to Destiny. Danny clearly didn't want to be in the band and it was just a struggle the whole time. [On] From Death to Destiny, Danny just flat out refused to sing or scream over the songs we would write, so we had to make some huge compromises with that record. [On The Black] we got to go back to our roots. It was a lot of fun doing [The Black]." [19]

Commercial performance[edit]

From Death to Destiny debuted at No. 28 in the UK album chart on its release,[20] and also at No. 1 on the Rock & Metal Albums chart in the UK.[21] It debuted at No. 5 on Billboard 200, making this the band's best chart debut in the US. It is also the label's highest first-week sales with 41,082 units sold.[22] The album has sold 151,000 copies in the US as of March 2016.[23]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Danny Worsnop, Ben Bruce and James Cassells.

Standard Edition
No.TitleLength
1."Don't Pray for Me"4:40
2."Killing You"3:11
3."The Death of Me"4:18
4."Run Free"4:10
5."Break Down the Walls"3:31
6."Poison"3:46
7."Believe"4:31
8."Creature"3:14
9."White Line Fever"3:43
10."Moving On"4:02
11."The Road"3:26
12."Until the End" (featuring Howard Jones)4:30
13."The Death of Me (Rock Mix)" (bonus track)3:24
Total length:50:33
European Deluxe Edition, FYE Exclusive Bonus Tracks and Japanese Edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
14."Dead" 4:00
15."Someone, Somewhere" (Ben Bruce acoustic)Worsnop, Bruce, Cassells, Sam Bettley, Cameron Liddell3:43

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24] 11
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[25] 14
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26] 113
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[27] 14
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[28] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[29] 28
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[30] 1
US Billboard 200[31] 5
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[32] 2
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[33] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sturgis, Joey (27 March 2013). "Twitter / joeyismusic: I'm gonna be asked this a million". Twitter.com. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  2. ^ Sturgis, Joey (27 March 2013). "Twitter / joeyismusic: Ok that wasn't clear enough". Twitter.com. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  3. ^ Asking Alexandria (13 August 2012). "Asking Alexandria's Single 'Run Free'". Asking Alexandria. Sumerian Records. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  4. ^ Asking Alexandria (28 March 2013). "Asking Alexandria's Single 'The Death of Me'". Asking Alexandria. Sumerian Records. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  5. ^ Asking Alexandria (16 April 2013). "Asking Alexandria's Single 'The Death of Me (Rock Mix)'". Asking Alexandria. Sumerian Records. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
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  8. ^ Sturgis, Joey (14 April 2013). "Twitter / joeyismusic: @BenAfuckingA That one somewhere". Twitter.com. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  9. ^ Bendeth, David (12 March 2013). "Twitter / davidbendeth: @AfuckingA I think I just mixed". Twitter.com. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
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