Life in Your Way
Waking Giants


4.5
superb

Review

by Spec USER (44 Reviews)
January 30th, 2010 | 99 replies | 15,524 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An Inspiring album by a band that exceeded all expectations and broke the typical "Christian metal" barriers.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

Life in Your Way was a melodic hardcore band from Connecticut. In keeping with the lyrical content of their records, all the members of the band were proponents of the Christian faith, which was demonstrated by their demeanor toward other bands, promoters, and fans. They went on the release three studio albums:
-The Sun Rises and the Sun Sets... and Still Our Time is Endless (2003) (Indianola Records)
-Ignite and Rebuild (2005) (Indianola Records/Guideline Records)
-Waking Giants (2007) (Solid State Records)

So far I may be able to predict what you're thinking if you have not yet heard this album. "Oh great, another Christian metal band with the sing/scream split, using their faith to sell records and preach to us." I honestly don't blame you for thinking that because the metal scene has been over run with Christian metalcore bands such as: blessthefall, The Devil Wears Prada, Haste the Day and of course the ever popular, Underoath. I am not even saying these bands are bad but let’s be honest, the high pitched singing vocals, Christian rants and emo following is starting to get old fast. On paper, yes this band applies to that grouping (minus the emo following) but once heard, the listener realizes that this is like nothing exhibited before.

The beginning of "Waking Giants" throws the listener right into "Reach the End" and quickly displays the crushing yet melodic riffs that Life in your Way is best known for. The vocals do take some getting used to if you're not a big fan of the hardcore scene, they are raw and definitely not studio perfect which may automatically force the listener to turn it off if a studio perfect sound is their preference. For the ones who give it a chance they will be pleasantly surprised with the rare upbeat, hopeful lyrics that have been absent for so long in the genre. The clean vocal part near the end of the song is nothing less than astounding. I am not just saying that, it sounds like nothing I have ever heard in the past. I was filled with chills and had a strong urge to hold up a lighter to the beautiful sound I was hearing. Right after the song ends, "Worthwhile" begins with some mediocre clean vocals that can't compare to what was heard on the first track. The song has great screaming vocals and spoken word vocals that again, will give the listener chills when they are heard. The song is actually very good but will be brought down simply because it had to follow "Reach the End." "We don't Believe" comes next and is another great song to add to the list. More melodic overall than the first two tacks but still fast enough to start a good ol' hardcore circle pit. The chorus is a great sing along and not too long that the extreme hardcore fans get bored with it. The drums let up part way through the song as the chorus is repeated, which is another great addition to the song and the expansion of the albums sound overall. Track four "Making Waves" begins with acoustic strumming and more clean vocals that can be compared to the earlier track, "Worthwhile." The song is picked up again by Josh Kellam's screaming and the screaming parts are great. The negative of the song is that the clean vocals get kind of boring and drag on a bit too long. It's still a good track but not nearly as good as the first three. To end off the first part of the album the song "The Shame" begins. Right away screaming begins and doesn't let up throughout the song. It has less clean vocals than the others did and is very fast paced. The track isn't a memorable one but very solid and would be great for a live performance. There are a few clean vocals in it that seem a little bit forced and unnecessary.

Part two of the album begins with the song "Salty Grave." It is probably one of the more popular LIYW songs and for good reason. The clean guitar beginning is catchy and the song then launches you into more great screaming. The drumming on it is fantastic and the guitar work isn't too bad either. The lyrics are great (as usual) and are spat out of Josh Kellam's mouth with passion that could inspire the listener to want to do the same. Half way through, the drums settle and just a guitar and some cymbals are heard. This begins the best section on the whole album as the spoken word vocals begin. The lyrics are great and only get better as the vocals intensify and the instruments build up. The only way to describe the song would be the overused, cliché term: Epic. The gang vocals come in right after and are certainly no disappointment. At the songs conclusion the albums "ballad" begins. The clean vocals in this song unlike a few of the others are very catchy and offer a break from the brutality of the screaming that was heard so far. "Threads of sincerity" begins and sounds less produced than the rest of the album and is probably the worst track on the album. It is actually a remake version from one of their earlier albums. The chorus is catchy and bright but overall the song is very disappointing compared to the rest of Waking Giants. "The Beauty of Grace" then begins and makes up for the less than impressive song heard before. The instruments are great as well as the vocals. There are no clean vocals in this song and in my opinion, was smart to do so. I was starting to get the impression that the rest of the album would get poppier but was reassured that this is in fact a hardcore band. Following this is the song "Judas" which could be thought of as an interlude but still has vocals. It's the softest song on the album and proves to be quite beautiful and atmospheric because of it. It seems to go hand in hand with "Beneath it All", the final track on the album. The song starts out quiet and wakes up the listener with Josh screaming out the songs title. The guitar is very good on this song and it proves to be a great closer to a great album. It is heavy and soft, which sums up the album in its entirety. The clean vocals are well executed along with the screams, yet again, giving the listener chills as the song fades out.

Waking Giants is more than your average Christian metal album. It's inspiring and original but still at the same time, crushing and melodic. I would strongly recommend the album to fans of hardcore and metalcore alike and would recommend the songs:

-Reach the End
-We Don't Believe
-Salty Grave
-Beneath It All



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adhoc
January 31st 2010



216 Comments


Good call man this album is amazing, others should check this out.
Good review too i'll pos.

YouAreMySilence
January 31st 2010



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Props for the Means rec.
Album is pretty good.

adhoc
January 31st 2010



216 Comments


Means kindof sounds like LIYW

YouAreMySilence
January 31st 2010



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

True. I just like Means more.

AbyssalCreation
January 31st 2010



2023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This was a damn good cd Salty Grave gives me chills every time I listen to it.I always meant to check out their other cds but never got around to it.

Spec
January 31st 2010



26834 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their other cd's arn't nearly as good as this one. I recommended means cause they play a similar style. I hate it when people recommend bands that they like that sound nothing like the album their reviewing!

YouAreMySilence
January 31st 2010



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

True, I really like Means and they're pretty local so it's sweet to see them mentioned.
And yeah nothing else by these guys are worth checking out imo.



Spec
January 31st 2010



26834 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Too bad these great bands keep breaking up eh? A problem I had with Means was the screaming. I got used to it after a while though and the singing was great.

YouAreMySilence
January 31st 2010



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah the screaming wasnt great, but the cleans and melodies made that band. Like there are few songs that get me pumped the way You Will Become did.

Spec
January 31st 2010



26834 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Connected always does it for me

YouAreMySilence
January 31st 2010



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Like the opening verse of You Will Become is like one of my favorite moments in like all metal..

AbyssalCreation
January 31st 2010



2023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I loved Dylans screams on the EP and SYS, but they completely went to shit on To Keep Me From Sinking.

YouAreMySilence
January 31st 2010



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah I thought that too, but I got used to it and I think they work more as an attribute.

AbyssalCreation
January 31st 2010



2023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Well I didn't really give them time to grow on me maybe i'll give this another spin.

YouAreMySilence
January 31st 2010



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah give it a couple.
Just try t give it an open mind.

Winsomniac
January 31st 2010



7940 Comments


not entirely the same sound, but if you like this, possibly check out Hundredth. I saw them last night, recordings don't do justice to their live performance, but it's still pretty good.

Fapper
January 31st 2010



648 Comments


The vocals were the only thing that stood out on this album

bloc
February 1st 2010



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Making Waves and Salty Grave rule like kings.

Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

DeafMetal
February 12th 2010



8584 Comments


Surprisingly strong band for how terrible the genre is.

bloc
February 12th 2010



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely, while quite unknown, such a great band; full of emotion.



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