British metal outfit ASKING ALEXANDRIA has completed work on its new album for an early 2020 release. Singer Danny Worsnop told Australia's Heavy in a new interview (hear audio below): "We spent the last few months in and out of the studio, in between tours, writing and recording. [Guitarist] Ben [Bruce] and I basically locked ourselves away and put together a collection of songs that define where we're at as musicians and as artists and as people. I think it's by far the strongest material that we've [written]. I cannot give anyone a street date or any of that stuff, or titles, but there's a new album [coming]."
Last July, ASKING ALEXANDRIA released a new single called "The Violence", along with an accompanying seven-minute short film written and directed by Jensen Noen and presented by Scissor Films and Sumerian Films.
At the time, Bruce said that the song "encompasses everything we have been working towards: huge guitars, anthemic drums and some of the catchiest, most technically accomplished vocals that Danny has ever delivered, and this is only just the beginning."
Worsnop added that "The Violence" was "an incredibly rewarding song to create. Ben and I both got to go way outside anything we'd done before and create something fresh and engaging.
"Thematically, the song is about the way mainstream media and politicians manipulate and spread mistruth amongst the people to encourage and create anger, fear, division, and conflict in their quest to control and acquire power," he revealed. "As the history books have shown, this only goes so far before the people stand up and say enough is enough."
ASKING ALEXANDRIA's self-titled fifth studio album was released in December 2017 via Sumerian Records. The disc marked the group's first full-length effort with Worsnop since he rejoined ASKING ALEXANDRIA in the fall of 2016.
Worsnop is bringing his solo show to Australia later this month. He is touring in support of his latest solo album, "Shades Of Blue", which came out in May.