We Are Harlot: We Are Harlot

Danny Worsnop indulges his wild side

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To even the most casual observer, news of Danny Worsnop’s exodus from Asking Alexandria will have packed the same jolt of astonishment as the sun rising and setting. It’s not that the British metallers were floundering; it’s just that Danny’s been having so much damned fun lately, pillaging the Sunset Strip and gleefully diving headlong into sex, drugs and rock’n’roll clichés as if 1987 had never ended.

So when Danny and shred technician Jeff George conceived We Are Harlot as a vehicle for celebrating the riff-and-swagger of Mötley Crüe and Bon Jovi, it had all the markings of a full-time gig. The obvious trap, of course, would be to conjure the more vapid indulgences of those bands too reverentially — like an irony-free Steel Panther.

Thankfully, behind the chest-beating muscularity of tracks like Denial and Flying Too Close To The Sun, and sleazy stripper-pole numbers like Dancing On Nails, We Are Harlot showcases a fiery amalgam of monster riffs, full-throttle tempos and arena-friendly choruses that erupt with blood-pumping vitality.

Sprinkled among the bruisers are sugary bits of pop (Easier To Leave) and some whiskey-soaked balladry (I Tried) that showcase ambitions far beyond rote revivalism. Ladies and gentlemen, your summer party album has arrived./o:p

Joe Daly

Hailing from San Diego, California, Joe Daly is an award-winning music journalist with over thirty years experience. Since 2010, Joe has been a regular contributor for Metal Hammer, penning cover features, news stories, album reviews and other content. Joe also writes for Classic Rock, Bass Player, Men’s Health and Outburn magazines. He has served as Music Editor for several online outlets and he has been a contributor for SPIN, the BBC and a frequent guest on several podcasts. When he’s not serenading his neighbours with black metal, Joe enjoys playing hockey, beating on his bass and fawning over his dogs.