As I Lay Dying
The Powerless Rise


4.5
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Review

by mcg182 USER (11 Reviews)
July 8th, 2010 | 35 replies | 4,905 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No doubt, As I lay Dying is one of the best metalcore bands out there. This album doesn't prove they're the best. However, it sets the bar very high for melodic metalcore (hopefully not a bar they themselves can't even cross afterward).

0 of 3 thought this review was well written

Metalcore can be such a drag sometimes. I mean, there are a lot awesome albums out there that specify why it's become popular. But, ask yourself this. Do you remember that album that made you say "this has officially broken the scale of 1-10"? If you do, then you may look at metalcore differently, that nothing from the genre can be as good. Well, As I Lay Dying has been trying to make "that album" ever since they signed to Metal Blade, known for bands like Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, and King Diamond. The previous albums were exceptional, but never truly set that bar. *frown face

However, this album has shown their true potential to make metalcore like experts. How? They know what they are, a metalcore band, and they never try to shy away from that. This album truly set the bar for melodic metalcore. Now, let's break it down. I'll make it shorter.

Track 1: Beyond Our Suffering
The album starts with crowd noise and some vocals from Tim, and then an amazing guitar riff. The song has one of the best and heaviest breakdowns I've ever heard, and it's the closest AILD can get to death metal on the album. The solo is exceptional as well.

Track 2: Anodyne Sea
I don't know how to describe this song at all. Very fast breakdown, and very melodic and very awesome chorus, and a great outro. Awesome vocalization, great harmonizations, and just an almost perfect song.

Track 3: Without Conclusion
This is a song where some people might say "it's stupid". It kinda is. Why? The chorus is "without conclusion, this song will end. Without conclusion, there is no final rest." But, I say, "they do death growls. You can barely understand them anyways. Just pay attention to the music and vocals, not lyrics, not entirely anyways." If you do that, then you will notice a very fast song, with a catchy chorus, great solos, great gang vocals, and an almost infectious riff.

Track 4: Parallels
Need I say more? They made a video for this song, so many of you should know it. If not, it has a very catchy chorus, very catchy breakdown, and great solo. Tim and Josh don't usually correspond with their vocals, but they make this work 100%. I absolutely love this song.

Track 5: The Plague
I've seen the studio updates and read the lyrics. There were supposed to clean vocals in this one, but instead, nothing but death growls. Whatever, I can't say this was one of the best songs, but the musicianship is definitely great, great solo, and great energy.

Track 6: Anger And Apathy
Great intro. It reminded me of a metalcore version of Aces High. However, the true gems in this one are the fast riffs, melodic breaks, and the melodic chorus. Listening to this thing all the way through is great. This is the song where I most noticed the drums than anything else.

Track 7: Condemned
I saw the studio updates, like I said before, and I recognized the solo right away, and the fact that it was changed a little bit. Either way, for sure, it's the angriest song on the album. It's also the shortest. I enjoyed this one very much.

Track 8: Upside Down Kingdom
For once, AILD decide to make the bass and drums stand out more, not that there was a problem before, but it's nice to see. The song starts (to me) like a Viking metal song, but listening to it more, it's far from it. The breakdown and solo are combined here, a new feature in AILD's music. The chorus is pretty catchy, considering it's mostly vocal-driven. Ditto for the riff (not the vocal-driven part).

Track 9: Vacancy
You know this is heavy when it starts that way. However, I thought it sped things up at the beginning, with starting off with a solo. However, the song gets heavier until the chorus. The chorus adds to the mood of a mix of anger and melancholy. The breakdown is my favorite part of the song, because it's so heavy and just plain awesome.

Track 10: The Only Constant Is Change
This song fades in, a new for AILD. The intro/chrous is great, as well as the sudden change to a kind of angry riff. However, the song seems forgettable after listening for two minutes, until the two breaks after the third chorus. It's melodic and awesome, then turns to melodic, and then, suddenly, the chorus kinda changes and the song fades out.

Track 11: The Blinding of False Light
Another fade in, and melodic intro/chorus. The clean vocals are angry, but in a dark way. The guitars make it angry. The song gets angrier, and then, a melodic break, and then the chorus again. The second verse is more melodic. But then, a death metal-like key change (you know, the key change that makes it sound angry), and it is fast. But, melody again. Whiplash! The clean vocal part of the chorus has no clean vocals, and changes into a slow solo/outro. And then, it fades out.

As I Lay Dying is a great band, and has been since Frail Words Collapse. However, even though I enjoyed the music they made, I had a gut feeling that they had not shown their true musical colors. This album definitely does that. It shows some of the colors that they have in them. However, there is just one flaw: is this it? By that, I mean, is this the best that they produced, that they squeezed out? If it is, I'm afraid AILD will go downhill from this point on.

Until that happens. I will enjoy this album as much as possible, and I still like it, so it won't get old anytime soon. It's not a classic, but it is awesome. If you want metalcore that's out there, then the album is definitely one to check out.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
po0ty
July 8th 2010



483 Comments


why do you use so many fucking commas

Dryden
July 8th 2010



12813 Comments


this didnt need another review

Dre
July 8th 2010



297 Comments


Review is not good

btw dryden ur getting close to 6666

HumanGenome
July 8th 2010



195 Comments


needs more reviews

mcg182
July 8th 2010



144 Comments


I just wanted to show my opinion. Is that wrong of me to do? If you think so, then fuck off from the website, and the comments, 'cause that's what the site is based on.

Slum
July 8th 2010



2579 Comments


Track by tracks make me want to slay kittens

Obfuscation24
July 8th 2010



3939 Comments


New user telling people to fuck off lol
Anyways, don't do TBT reviews, instead try and describe more broad parts of the album (General vocals and instrumentals, lyrics, etc.Not specific songs) Not too bad of a writer though man, just keep working at it.

Obfuscation24
July 8th 2010



3939 Comments


Double post, shame on me

Apollo
July 8th 2010



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this review is fucking awful


Maniac!
July 8th 2010



26187 Comments


"this review is fucking awful"

So is the album

Dryden
July 8th 2010



12813 Comments


so is this band

Apollo
July 8th 2010



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"this review is fucking awful"

So is the album

It's not awful, but it needs a lowered rating on my part that's for sure.

Dryden
July 8th 2010



12813 Comments


lol

HumanGenome
July 8th 2010



195 Comments


it's not that it's a bad review, mcg182, it's that it is more of an itunes, quick list review, than a sputnikmusic review.

try for a more developed review, next time. if there is one

Dryden
July 8th 2010



12813 Comments


Comments: 20

HumanGenome
July 8th 2010



195 Comments


does that mean you don't love me?

Apollo
July 8th 2010



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dryden hates everyone equally

Dryden
July 8th 2010



12813 Comments


only ones who suck

Emim
July 8th 2010



26195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You, really, should,, think, ab,out, where, you, pl,,,a,ce, yo,ur comma,s, dude.

mcg182
July 8th 2010



144 Comments


Fine, okay! If I refine my reviews, will everyone stop commenting on the fact that I do TBT?!



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