Ben Bruce of ASKING ALEXANDRIA has responded to former vocalist Danny Worsnop saying the band has "lost its artistic integrity." The guitarist told "Loudwire Nights" host Toni Gonzalez (see video below): "What's really annoying about [Danny's comment] is one, [Danny and I] just a spoke a few days prior, on good terms. And what's really annoying about it is 'artist integrity'… He's an Englishman — from England, obviously; Hull, England — singing country music with an American accent. Where's your integrity? What are you talking about? We've done what we've always loved to do since Day One. We didn't change. He did. So, for the fact that he can sit there and say that, I think it's bullshit. It's not true."
Worsnop slammed ASKING ALEXANDRIA in an interview with Alternative Press, saying: "My priority always lies with my art, and that has never changed and will never change. I ended up leaving [ASKING ALEXANDRIA] because it lost the art to me. It lost its artistic integrity in my eyes. It was just selling out and that's not what I do."
Worsnop and ASKING ALEXANDRIA parted ways over the band's musical direction and tension over Worsnop's side project WE ARE HARLOT. Ben Bruce admitted that some lyrics on ASKING ALEXANDRIA's latest album, "The Black", were written out of frustration with Worsnop, saying: "Danny just stopped caring about ASKING ALEXANDRIA; his heart wasn't in it anymore."
ASKING ALEXANDRIA has moved on with new vocalist Denis Stoff, while Worsnop is preparing to release a solo album that shifts away from hard rock and has more of a country sound to it.
Worsnop recently released "Out Without You", the first single from his upcoming solo disc, "The Prozac Sessions".