‘Like A House On Fire’ is a career defining moment for Asking Alexandria. After the return of Danny Worsnop in 2017 the band radically changed their musical style eschewing their Metalcore roots. Instead the band released a polished, radio-ready sound that made their intentions to follow the Bring Me The Horizon highway to the mainstream clear.
Because of this ‘Like A House On Fire’ feels even more important. With many fans opposed to the style of their 2017 self-titled release, ‘Like A House On fire’ is the moment where many Asking Alexandria fans will either decide if they’re still onboard with the band or to abandon ship for good.
Album opener and title track ‘House On Fire’ answers this question almost instantly. Gone are the guitar solos, replaced with pop style snare drums and barely a scream in sight. Anyone hoping for a return to the bands heavier roots is going to be disappointed. The track sounds more like a Kings Of Leon B-side than Asking Alexandria of the past.
On ‘Like A House On Fire’ the band have edged further into the realm of stadium-rock than ever before. ‘They Don’t Want What We Want (And They Don’t Care)’ and ‘Down To Hell’ are unashamedly gunning for the likes of Fall Out Boy and, although a little sloppy, are enjoyable enough. They just miss that certain spark of energy needed to become truly special.