PSYCHO THUNDER TOUR
THE HU, ZERO 9:36
TEMPLE LIVE AT CLEVELAND MASONIC
CLEVELAND, OHIO | SEPTEMBER 19, 2023
By Neil Shumate, OOTB Publications
British rock/hardcore/electronic five-piece Asking Alexandria are a force to be reckoned with and they remain a prolific live band. For more than 15 years the band has continued to evolve and incorporate different genres into their music making for an expansive catalogue that appeals to a wide range, and they catered to that range of fans last night at a packed TempleLive in Cleveland.
Danny Worsnop’s distinct scream/sing rasp vocals never faultered and fans are thankful that he only briefly left the band in 2015 when forming We Are Harlot. Asking Alexandria have released five albums since the short departure, including three in a row from 2020-2023. From their most recent Where Do We Go From Here?, the band performed “Dark Void,” “Let Go” and “Bad Blood.” As the band appears unified as ever on stage, Worsnop commented on the new album’s release, telling the crowd, “We’re only just getting started.”
Asking Alexandria also performed early heavy hitters “A Prophecy” and “Breatheless” as well as recent favorites from their self-titled release: “Into The Fire” and “Alone In A Room.” “Moving On” showcased the band’s lighter rock side and Worsnop’s vocal range with an acoustic appeal.
The band remained energetic as guitarist Cameron Liddell and bassist Sam Bettley traded sides on the stage during the performance and teamed up often to shred while drummer James Cassells rocked out in the back.
Many rock and metal fans across the states have been lucky to experience The Hu’s (pronounced The Who) traditional tribal folk metal live—a cultural sound of their own, blending instruments and singing styles from their home in Mongolia, bordered by China and Russia.
Repetitive, hypnotic chants and hollers echoed through the venue while fans fist pumped, head banged and exclaimed: “Hu! Hu! HU!”
The eight-member band layered and blended mass amounts of strings and percussion with each member on vocals to perform tracks from both their albums The Gereg and Rumble of Thunder, including radio hits "Yuve Yuve Yu,” “Wolf Totem” and “Black Thunder.”
ASKING ALEXANDRIA (click photos to enlarge)
THE HU (click photos to enlarge)
ZERO 9:36 (click photos to enlarge)