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Asking Alexandria keeps the music coming -- sooner rather than later

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Asking Alexandria fans will be happy to hear that there's more to come for the group's 2013 "From Death to Destiny" album -- which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart and No. 5 on the Billboard 200, both career highs for the British hard rock troupe.

The quintet plans to release an expanded edition of the album this summer, with a full concert recording from London as well as four new songs it will record during April with producer Joey Sturgis in Detroit. And guitarist Ben Bruce says the material will likely be a bit different from the rest of the album.

"There's a progression -- there always is with new stuff we write as a band," says Bruce, who co-founded the group in North Yorkshire, England. "We've written these new songs recently, so we're not in the same frame of mind we were when we were doing 'From Death to Destiny,' so hopefully people can enjoy a new sort of twist to it as well."

There are other new twists in the Asking Alexandria camp as well. Bruce has recorded a solo album he describes as "a softer rock album along the lines of Keane and Oasis and the Fray and stuff like that." Frontman Danny Worsnop, meanwhile, has started another group called We Are Harlot. But Bruce isn't worried about any of those interfering with Asking Alexandria.

"We're a family," he says. "We love each other. We've been best friends for so many years now, so I don't think anybody's gonna turn their back on our band at this point.

"We feel it's best if members have other artistic or creative sides they want to get out, it's best they don't do it through us. We don't want to taint Asking Alexandria and what our style is. We'll just do that when there's free time that we know won't interfere with what we're doing with Asking Alexandria."

Asking Alexandria, August Burns Red, We Came As Romans, Crown the Empire and Born of Osiris perform Saturday, March 29, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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