As I Lay Dying
Shadows Are Security


4.0
excellent

Review

by The_shotgun_message USER (1 Reviews)
June 15th, 2005 | 329 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


After two long years of waiting As I lay dying have returned with a new CD, a new line up and a new found energy which will surely give them the recognition they deserve.

I for one thought that this releases predecessor, “frail words collapse" was an excellent CD which featured a few superb songs, but was let down by a bit too much filler and instead hinted at what this band was capable of rather than propelling them into the big league like it should of.

So the first question I asked my self when listening to this CD was,
1. Does it surpass Frail words collapse?
2. Does it fulfil the bands potential?

The answer to the first of these questions is an emphatic YES, as this CD is better than its predecessor in almost everyway, with better guitar riffs provided by two all new guitarists Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso which are often excellently harmonized and while there is nothing extremely technical (you wont find any dragon force style double tapping on here) the riffs are varied and cleanly played throughout. One criticism with the playing on this album however, is the distinct lack of solos ( I only counted 2 when listening, tracks 6 and 9 I think ) although the ones on here however are good and fit the songs well.

The vocals again handled by founding member Tim Lambesis are again fantastic, his scream had always been one of my favourites in metal and he returns again with a performance filled with anger and passion. The lyrics to this record are again fantastic with lambesis’s poetic scribblings being both well thought out and intelligent. The lyrics while noticeably Christian are not overly so and should not put you off this CD, as god is not mentioned once and instead love is the main topic written about. This CD puts Lambesis up there with Jacob Bannon as the best lyricist in metal and hardcore.
Worth noting is that there are a number of guest vocalists on this CD, these include Jason of No innocent Victim, Dan of Zao, Matt of Throwdown and Tommy Garcia of Please mister grave digger. None of these appearances are particularly noticeable as the CD booklet does not give any track numbers. But I prity sure Dan form zao is track 6 reflection.

The bass handled by new bassist Clint Norris is as with most metal records hardly noticeable and tends to just back up the guitar rather than adding new melodies to the songs, but there are times during the CD that it is clear he is playing cool things. Norris also handles clean vocal duties on this record, and he is well up to the task, his voice is constantly in tune and never sounds to whiney unlike certain other bands. *cough cough From autumn to ashes cough* The clean vocals are used far more on this release than on Frail words but still no where near as much as Killswitch engage and are not used on every song.

The drumming however is the highlight of the CD, the band have had the same drummer throughout their career and where he to leave, he’d be near impossible to replace. Jordan Mancino is probably my favourite drummer in metal at the moment along side Trivium drummer Travis Smith. Throughout the album he uses a great deal of extremely speedy double bass as well as some nice blast beats and rolls. He even somehow surpasses his performance on Frail words, which is quite an achievement.

So now to answer my second question. To be honest while the CD is outstanding, I still feel as though the band isn’t quite living up to their full potential. Perhaps it’s the fact that its still a relatively new line up but I still have a slight feeling that this band will get even better.

THE SONGS

The first thing I noticed about the songs after listening to the CD a few times is that the filler is gone, every song on here is top notch, which makes it hard to pick a favourite, but early favourites include; Track one meaning in tragedy with is straight to the point heavy riffing and thundering vocal and drum delivery. Track 2 Confined is also excellent and is the first single from the album which is an obvious choice as it has a catchy chorus and killer riff. Next track 4 “the darkest nights" stands out as the softest song on the album with its awesome melodic lead and clean vocals. Finally from my early listening track 11 Morning waits is the biggest stand out thanks to its lightning drumming and guitar playing. Despite this there is nothing quite as good or as emotional as Elegy and Forever off frail words but the many excellent songs make up for this.
One Criticism I have of many of the songs on here is that they are too short with most being under 4mins and none over 5mins. Although it is almost as if tracks 6 and seven could have been joined together to make one long song which would have worked well.

With Shadows are Security As I lay dying have created an outstanding record which will gain them the recognition they deserve, but I feel that it will be their next record where they will be free to experiment a bit more and truly become a classic act.
This CD is brutal, chaotic, and beautiful but most importantly its a great metalcore/melodic death metal /whatever the *** you wanna call itcore CD and is truly just a great metal CD.
This is for fans of Inflames, killswitch engage, Still remains, trivium and also Norma Jean as this CD does feature numerous break downs being its only link to hardcore. And although some may say they are too generic I advice anyone looking for something fairly heavy yet melodic to buy this CD, you wont regret it.


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The_shotgun_message
June 15th 2005


29 Comments


Woops sorry duno why it says come across under Recommended its supposed to be whoracle by inflames

Damrod
Moderator
June 15th 2005


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice on. I should check this out

You can edit the review under your UserCP, if something did not work out as it should. The link is at the top of the main page
This Message Edited On 06.15.05

Arrakakaka
June 15th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I want to get this badly.

Good review. :thumb:

Thor
June 15th 2005


10195 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I just got this album, and wow, this is amazing. They really did a much better job than FWC.

Excellent review.This Message Edited On 06.15.05

cbmartinez
June 15th 2005


2525 Comments


Never got into this band. Too generic.

Shadows
Moderator
June 15th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Good review. FWC wasn't too good, but I've heard this one is. I should check it out.

south_guitar
June 16th 2005


5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've listend to this album three times. First go round was just meh, I only liked certain songs. Second time I really started to enjoy it, and now as I listen to it again this is truly a great album.

I've been a long time fan of the previous release, and am impressed twofold with this new one.

UnNormalLikeDrew
June 16th 2005


21 Comments


Nice Dragonforce Reference

Damrod
Moderator
June 16th 2005


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I gave this a listen, and it's not bad. I like it a lot more than the previous album, even though some songs remind me of Atreyu (which I can not stand) on this album. I think it was Confined foremost, as I feel rememvbered of Bleeding Mascara by Atreyu.

I really like songs 6 and 7 though. They sound like two halfs of one song, somehow I like that a lot ( and those two are probably amongst my favorites after the first few listens). Good screaming and good guitar, but nothing out of the ordinary. But rock solid.

I would say 3.5/5 from me

The_shotgun_message
June 16th 2005


29 Comments


Ye thought what i fealt tracks 6 and seven could be one song after more listening tho id definetaly say morning awaits is the best track, i really like this album, as is obvious from the review.

radianteclipse
June 18th 2005


397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As I Lay Dying is a pretty decent band, and this is a fairly decent album. It's very fun to listen to on a short drive somewhere, or just when your pre-occupied with something else. Basically, it's a great angry, heavy, head banging cd that's great to play in the background and go absolutely nuts to, but there aren't really any stand out tracks. Frail Words Collapse actually was a little better because there were quite a few tracks that stick out to me, and I've found that I have played that album fairly regularly for well over a year now. Overall, I would have to say I was slightly dissappointed but its growing on me with every listen.

skibum1390
June 19th 2005


11 Comments


This Looks pretty good im gonna check it out

tourniquet
June 20th 2005


2 Comments


This cd was much better than FWC, and thats saying alot, i love this band. I preordered this cd to make sure i got it as soon as possible. The guitars were much better and less repetitive, the vocals were better. Nice guest vocalist from zoa, which was actually track 10, control is dead. I also though that the clean vocals were a nice touch in this album, the basist does a good job at it. The only flaw i can think of it that track 12 takes way too long to start, and i agree there is not enough solos, but there is more than FWC had. Overall, awesome cd. Great lyrics. Best track was meaning in tragedy, track one.

The_shotgun_message
June 21st 2005


29 Comments


I completely agree, that track 12 takes way too long to start, there is no reason for that and its just annoying, oh ye and i know that it is track 10 that dan is on but couldnt be bothered to edit the review


tourniquet
June 21st 2005


2 Comments


alrite, good just making sure,
awesome review though

Norma_Jean
June 28th 2005


4 Comments


I honestly think that 12 is the way it is because after recording, they sat down and said "You know what, this song sucks so bad that we're just going to hide it behind 2 minutes of static." The beginning of the song also backs this up, because you'll notice that the static doesn't go into the song, but the song then fades in again. I have contemplated sending my CD to Metal Blade with a note attached reading "Please take off #12 and send back."

Otherwise, this is a great CD.

Arrakakaka
June 29th 2005


685 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I like this album, but it lacks some variety. And their bassist has an amazing voice.This Message Edited On 07.10.05

ifihadtheguts
August 5th 2005


4 Comments


that was a pretty good review, i noticed on this album that his scream has much more tone to it than the last one had, maybe im just crazy

guitarpro1324
August 5th 2005


1 Comments


awsome christian band


Shattered_Future
August 5th 2005


1540 Comments


I don't think As I Lay Dying are a Christian band...

I have the first 2 tracks from this album. The first i thought was meh...it didn't really stand out too much. The second one was the same, but was saved by the chorus...that chorus is unbelievably catchy .

Great review as well.



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