Metalcore merchants Asking Alexandria have been on a tear this year and this week the band will hit the California Metalfest and kickoff the 2012 Monster Energy Outbreak Tour. On Veterans Day, Metalholic caught up with guitarist Ben Bruce to discuss the tragic death of his friend Mitch Lucker (Suicide Silence), the direction of the band’s upcoming third album, as well as their venture headlining this year’s Outbreak Tour. Ben also reveals second single from the forthcoming album as well as his penchant for eating goat testicles.
With a new album up their sleeve it seemed a possibility that fans might get to hear some new music on the tour, but that is not the case, but Ben says there will still be some surprises:
“We’ll be playing a bunch of songs from ‘Reckless and Relentless’ that we’ve never even played live before like, funny enough, ‘Reckless and Relentless’ and ‘Another Bottle Down’. And we’ve got a huge live show at the moment. We spent a lot of money and time on our production so it should be our biggest tour to date.”
Bruce talked about the upcoming new album which is set to have more radio friendly songs than the first two albums, but said they are taking longer than planned as they want to write a few more “heavy as balls” tracks to keep the album balanced. He expects about thirteen tracks with about 10 being heavier, and three or so more radio accessible. He said it was important to respect what they have built with their fans:
“We spent a long time honing in on song structures and writing techniques and stuff like that, but there are still heavy songs on the record. We’re not just going to throw that away and kick our original fan base in the teeth by getting rid of all that. There will still be a lot of riffing and screaming. But we feel like we did find a happy medium between being heavy and then being light enough to be on radio, but still keeping the balls in the song.”
Suicide Silence were set to join Asking Alexandria on the Outbreak tour, but Mitch Lucker’s untimely death left a whole in the tour and in the hearts of all who knew him. The morning after this interview it was announced that I See Stars would officially join the tour, but Bruce was quick to point out that they are “by no means a replacement for Suicide Silence”, but rather friends who share the same passion. He was also quick to share a favorite story about Lucker:
“It was actually the last time I saw him in person. We were at the Golden God Awards–this last one that just happened. And we’d all had a bit to drink and a good time and Mitch ended up coming back to mine and James’ [Cassells] hotel room. I passed out on my bed, and I guess I woke up in the middle of the night or something, and I looked over and Mitch and James are spooning, fast asleep, just hugging each other in the same bed. Which I thought was hilarious. God knows what they got up to before I woke up.”
Listen to the full interview at left as Bruce shares the tragic hate crime he witnessed in the depths of Mexico against a defenseless tree…
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Rustyn Rose is a veteran music journalist who owns and operates Metalholic Magazine and Metalholic Radio.