Of Bird and Cage, now available on Steam, is the first ever metal album in the form of a video game. Tailored to its music, the project features artists from Within Temptation, (ex) Guns N’ Roses, Epica, and many others.
Danny Worsnop, the lead vocalist of Asking Alexandria and We Are Harlot, voiced Ari, one of the characters from the game. What is his story? How did he join the Of Bird and Cage project?
Raised in England, Danny Worsnop has been interested in music ever since he was a child and learned to play several instruments. He joined Asking Alexandria in 2008 as the lead singer when Ben Bruce reassembled the band in the York area. Their debut album Stand Up and Scream, released a year later, was a hit in the US and their second album, called Reckless and Relentless, charted top 10 in commercial charts globally.
In 2011, Worsnop formed a hard rock group We Are Harlot, while also aiming to release his solo album. In the end, the project morphed into a band and in 2013 Danny announced he would be touring with them. Although it was considered to be Worsnop’s side project in the beginning, he announced his departure from Asking Alexandria in 2015, saying that he no longer wanted to create heavy music. He focused on his work with We Are Harlot.
We Are Harlot, often shortened to Harlot, released their first single “Denial” in 2014, followed by their first, self-titled album in 2015. Danny Worsnop, the lead vocalist for the album, was praised for his passion and enthusiasm. The album was also included on Rock Sound‘s top 50 releases of 2015 list at number 10.
In 2016, it was confirmed that Worsnop returned to Asking Alexandria. After meeting Ben Bruce by chance in Los Angeles, the two talked and Worsnop agreed to reunite with the band. See more about the story in the article from Loudwire.
In the meantime, Worsnop’s solo career was flourishing. Surprisingly for a rock star, he released two blues and country albums: The Long Road Home in 2017, which is a deeply personal account of Worsnop’s past and debuted at #2 in the US and #1 in other territories, and then Shades of Blue in 2019, praised for the evolution of his music.
Worsnop revealed his involvement in the Of Bird and Cage project in 2020. “I had a lot of fun making this,” he shared in the announcement. “It’s an entirely new concept and way to absorb the video-game platform.” The character he voiced is Ari, the abusive boyfriend of the main character, Gitta.
“There was a great serendipity with my finding video games as a hobby while not being able to tour, and video games finding me with Arnold reaching out about Of Bird and Cage! One of my favorite things to do as a musician is get out of my comfort zone and try new things and this checked that box in a big way,” said Danny Worsnop. “I think people are going to have a really cool and different play experience with a game like this that puts so much thought into the soundtrack that accompanies the story.”
“We believe Danny not only captured Ari perfectly, but also added his own personality to the character and made him even more interesting,” said Capricia Productions CEO Arnold Nesis for Metal Injection.
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