As They Sleep
Dynasty


4.5
superb

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
November 24th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Death Metal for the Solid State crowd

Out of the many albums to be released in 2010, one of my most anticipated, between Underoath and Conducting From the Grave, was As They Sleep’s second album, entitled Dynasty. Recently signed to Solid State Records, this Michigan band impressed me with their technical skills and style on the songs released before the album came out, but does the album as a whole live up to my expectations?

The answer is, yes it does. With every listen, Dynasty is moving up on my favorite albums of the year. With frantic drumming, riff happy guitars, and a diverse vocalist, this band is quite talented. From the Black Dahlia-esque opener "Oracle of the Dead", to the melodic closer "The Unseen", As They Sleep puts together an album chalk full of solid Death Metal. The guitarists throw out riff after riff, with power chords thrown in there for good measure. Songs like "The Third Reich", and "The Offering" show off the talent and tastefulness that is displayed. They have speed, but can slow it down if need be, like in the instrumental "Ritual", and for a bit in "Attila". The drums are downright nasty on Dynasty. With lots of rapid double kick, nice fills, and a good variety of rhythms, the drumming is one of the highlights of As They Sleeps repertoire of talents. Check out the drumming on "The Darkest Ages" for a nice example. The highlight of the album though, is the vocals. With high shrieks, low growls and gutturals, the vocal variety is very good on Dynasty, and helps the album to flow more easily.

Speaking of flow, that is probably the biggest drawback to Dynasty. The pace is going at a million miles an hour, and the only time this calms down is during the aforementioned "Ritual" and "Attila", otherwise the listener is in for a cannon of an album. The songs have good variety though, and if rapid-fire Death Metal is your style, then you will enjoy this album.

Overall, As They Sleep has released a very solid Death Metal album. Encasing melody and brutality within the same set of songs, the band puts out a very talented and engaging album, sure to please fans of bands such as The Black Dahlia Murder, or other related acts. I highly recommend Dynasty, and it will become a staple of my collection for quite some time.



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WhiteWallStargazers
November 24th 2010


2647 Comments


I highly enjoy this.

pizzamachine
November 24th 2010


12571 Comments


Perfect review, pos! Btw, read the first sentence in your second paragraph.

WhiteWallStargazers
November 24th 2010


2647 Comments


Thanks Pizza.

MyDearWormwood
November 24th 2010


225 Comments


I liked the songs they previously released, excited to listen to the whole album.

The "Third Reich"

"and then you will enjoy this album." -two blarps

That was a really good review, pos. The album is great so far!

ShadowRemains
November 24th 2010


21054 Comments


this doesn't sound good

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

brutebeard
November 25th 2010


1655 Comments


I feel like you could insert any other deathcore band name in this review. Or is it exempt of the core? In any case, the art and logo caught my eye before I heard any of it, and I'm looking forward to listening.

WhiteWallStargazers
November 25th 2010


2647 Comments


I'd put it more in Death Metal then Core, but I don't like genre labeling, so I'll just call it Metal

ThyCrossAwaits
November 25th 2010


3055 Comments


it's deathcore

DeafMetal
November 25th 2010


8588 Comments


Not bad.

Digging: Ja Rule - Pain Is Love

Apollo
November 25th 2010


10336 Comments


Death Metal

decent review

kenti123
November 26th 2010


132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice cd

MrSenior
November 29th 2010


212 Comments


I liked their first CD, and this sounds like a step-up.

btw pos'd

FinalWord
December 3rd 2010


99 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oracle of the dead is a 4...will listen more in the futur

FinalWord
December 7th 2010


99 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Edit: The third Reich fucking own...especially the intro

JWT155
December 8th 2010


9298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just picked this up at the studio, will spin later.

JWT155
December 9th 2010


9298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album is all right, nothing too spectacular though.

augustBURNSred88
December 10th 2010


109 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I listened to a bulk of this album on their myspace and I was surprisingly impressed. I'll try and snag this album soon.

sexpoi
December 20th 2010


599 Comments


ill give it a try. pos

melgosa41
January 20th 2011


93 Comments


I just recently discovered this band and bought there album. It is amazing.

Spec
July 30th 2011


27189 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is actually pretty good.



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