As I Lay Dying
The Powerless Rise


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
April 29th, 2010 | 1925 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As I Lay Dying finally write a record that lives up to their potential.

In today’s Metalcore dominated heavy music scene, you’d be hard pressed to find a better known band than the San Diego, CA based quintet As I Lay Dying. Their breakthrough album, 2005’s Shadows are Security tossed them towards the front of the mile long list of breakdown heavy, Gothenburg-inspired Metalcore bands, but it wasn’t until its follow-up An Ocean Between Us that As I Lay Dying started to find their voice. Even then, they were still not living up to the hype that surrounded them. So here we are, three years later and As I Lay Dying are still doing everything the same as they always have, and yet their new album The Powerless Rise is by far the band’s best effort. Surprise, surprise the secret is in the songwriting. Much like their scene contemporaries August Burns Red, As I Lay Dying bring out the best of the rigid structures they have chosen to work with. The riffs are meatier, the leads are catchier and the breakdowns, while still present, are reserved for only optimal moments, making The Powerless Rise an instantly memorable modern metal album.

The guitar duo of Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso dominate. For forty four minutes they dial up the perfect mixture of chug and melody. From the sugary leads in “Anodyne Sea” to the thrashy, dissonant powerchord pounding of “Condemned” they lead a tag-team assault that, while guilty of wearing their influences a little to proudly on their sleeves, is downright addictive. Vocalist Tim Lambesis has never been one of As I Lay Dying’s strong points, but his voice sounds revitalized on The Powerless Rise. This is partly due to his inclusion of more high register screams to compliment his standard growl, completely negating the memory of his history of monotonous vocal performances. The only real negative in the vocal department comes from bassist Josh Gilbert. His clean vocals still bring to mind every sing-scream band of the last decade, but luckily his spots are carefully chosen and even though they are totally devoid of any personality, are a welcome break from Lambesis’ rasp.

The Powerless Rise is just more proof to the adage that practice makes perfect. Sure, it’s taken five albums to get it right, but As I Lay Dying have finally created a beast of an album that is on par with the hyperbolic amount of acclaim they have garnered for themselves in the metal world.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Zipzop5565
April 30th 2010


402 Comments


Gotta get this. As I lay Dying is the only metalcore band I can stand

ShadowRemains
April 30th 2010


21641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2010


17231 Comments


I've always considered AILD mediocreatbest but this is really freaking good.

ShadowRemains
April 30th 2010


21641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this may/should change many opinions about them

TheSpirit
April 30th 2010


18001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

guess i should probably listen to this

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2010


31628 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Good album, but is it just me or is the mixing really poorly done? A lot of the time the guitars sound really scratchy and thin, maybe just quality of the leak I guess

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bloc
April 30th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album rules

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2010


17231 Comments


I've got it in 320kbps and the guitars sound great.

TheSpirit
April 30th 2010


18001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Are Gilbert's cleans as prominent as they were on An Ocean Between Us...?

Bfhurricane
April 30th 2010


6197 Comments


Good review. All of the sudden, AILD aren't getting as much hate as they used to on this site.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2010


17231 Comments


He's used in only a couple of songs. It's mostly the Tim Lambesis show.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2010


15743 Comments


I've always considered AILD mediocreatbest but this is really freaking good


i lold

JWT155
April 30th 2010


9358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

You've got me excited now Adam.

He's used in only a couple of songs. It's mostly the Tim Lambesis show.

This made me happy.

ShadowRemains
April 30th 2010


21641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good, although an improvement from Josh or a different clean vocalist all together, would bump it even higher

TheSpirit
April 30th 2010


18001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I liked the cleans on the last album. They weren't obscenely different from any other bands cleans, but the quality of the music made them better. I haven't really enjoyed the songs they posted so far, but after reading the review, I pretty much need to hear this now.

ShadowRemains
April 30th 2010


21641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I agree, I don't see what the problem was with them, after all you could almost not tell the difference between him and Clint, especially live

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2010


17231 Comments


gilbert is used perfectly in Anodyne Sea. you should check that song out. catchiest one on the album too.

ShadowRemains
April 30th 2010


21641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah, I'd say its one of the strongest on the album

JWT155
April 30th 2010


9358 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

In one song and I'm loving it. :D

ShadowRemains
April 30th 2010


21641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

feh



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