Some call it metalcore, or just metal, but the blast from the cannon that is the Brit extra-heavy, platinum-selling outfit Asking Alexandria is more of a controlled chaos, with rapid double kick drums, crushing guitars, and vocals that vacillates between plaintive wail and cookie monster roar. Next to impossible to hear what the lyrics are saying, but loud and fast and fun, all the same.
Asking Alexandria will play with While She Sleeps, Vanity Strikes, Into the Harbor, and Sleep Monroe on Friday, March 4, at Water Street Music Hall, 204 North Water Street. 6 p.m. $22. ticketfly.com; askingalexandria.com.