According to AP.com, Denis Shaforostov, formerly of Ukrainian metalcore act MAKE ME FAMOUS, is rumored to have joined ASKING ALEXANDRIA as the replacement for recently departed singer Danny Worsnop.
AP.com has listed several reasons why Shaforostov would make the ideal candidate to step in for Worsnop. Firstly, MAKE ME FAMOUS was stylistically similar to ASKING ALEXANDRIA, to the extent that they were at times accused of copying the British act's sound. Secondly, Shaforostov's new band, DOWN & DIRTY, is signed to Sumerian Records, which is also the label home of ASKING ALEXANDRIA. And lastly, the day before Worsnop announced his departure, Shaforostov posted the following message to Instagram: "There's such thing as karma and magic in this world. The hardest work will always pay off no matter how many of these fucks have ever tried to bring you down on your way. You never know when and how but trust me, your door will open and the future will be yours for the taking — just wait and see."
Worsnop announced his departure from ASKING ALEXANDRIA on January 22, explaining in a statement: "Over the last eight years together, we've done some amazing things and created something truly special. I now, same as then, want what's best for the band and at this point in time, that isn't me. ASKING ALEXANDRIA will continue to tour throughout the year and will be working on a new album."
Worsnop added, "I will always support and love ASKING ALEXANDRIA and cannot wait to see what the future holds for them."
ASKING ALEXANDRIA guitarist Ben Bruce wrote at the band's Facebook page, "ASKING ALEXANDRIA will not be slowing down. We are going to tour harder than ever and we are going to write the greatest record of our career . . . This isn't the end, this is the start of a whole new chapter. This is where we come together and make history."
Worsnop's departure comes just days after it was announced that his other band, WE ARE HARLOT, will release its self-titled debut album on March 31.
Worsnop admitted last year to Kerrang! magazine that his involvement with WE ARE HARLOT had caused some friction with the members of ASKING ALEXANDRIA, saying, "Back when it started, there were maybe concerns and stress and bitterness from the guys. But over time they've realized that it's not detrimental to ASKING in any way."
"Moving On", the latest single from ASKING ALEXANDRIA's 2013 album "From Death To Destiny", is No. 8 on the rock radio chart.