Hardcore punk bands started using the double kick drum breakdown nearly 20 years ago. It became one of the defining characteristics of the metalcore movement, which draws elements from death metal, post-hardcore, and emo. Over the years, metalcore has taken a more melodic approach, as vocal and guitar stylings have become cleaner and crisper than those of the movement's founders. For the past three years, Asking Alexandria has been a frontrunner in the metalcore scene. Asking Alexandria rose from the ashes of the Dubai-based Amongst Us when guitarist Ben Bruce returned to his native England in 2008. After a couple of lineup changes, the band settled into its current roster, released its debut album, covered Akon's "Right Now (Na Na Na)," and embarked on a North American tour. Now, Asking Alexandria is returning to the States to support their upcoming sophomore release, Reckless and Relentless. They may spend more time than your girlfriend when it comes to hair-styling, but they succeed in delivering hard-hitting breakdowns that get the crowd moving.
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