As I Lay Dying
The Powerless Rise


4.5
superb

Review

by protestthesky USER (3 Reviews)
November 26th, 2010 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Metalcore kings As I Lay Dying release a metal masterpiece that is just short of a metal(core?) classic.

Ah, As I Lay Dying. The band that people either love or hate. There is absolutely no in between. I for one love them but please don't write off my review as fanboyish just because of that. I feel as songwriters they truly deserve it. Now for those who don't know, AILD could be considered the forefathers of modern metalcore along with Killswitch Engage. This could be viewed as both a blessing and curse. Sure it's great to be king, but they also get blamed for the influx of generic metalcore wannabees post-2002. That's not entirely untrue, but the hate comes when people automatically lump AILD in with those other bands because they are the same genre. However I have always felt it was AILD's fantastic songwriting abilities that put them well above their peers.
Now yes "Shadows Are Security" was generic metalcore at its worst, but the next album "An Ocean Between Us" was much more pure metal than anything else and proved they were moving away from the very stale metalcore genre.

"The Powerless Rise" takes this idea to a whole new level. The album has very few hardcore influences, and I would go as far as to simply call it a METAL album. That's not to say the breakdowns AILD is renowned for are gone completely, as track 2 "Anodyne Sea" has arguably one of the best breakdowns they have ever done. Now that said, metalcore junkies expecting another breakdown fest in the vein of the classic AILD album "Frail Words Collapse" are going to be disappointed. That is a good thing to me though, especially because it allows guitarists Phil Sgrosso and Nick Hipa to prove they are very capable guitarists and can do much more than constant breakdowns.In fact opener "Beyond Our Suffering" is a very thrashy song in the vein of Slayer of Living Sacrifice, and features some very tasty guitar solos sprinkled throughout. Also, songs "Parallels" and "The Plague" feature some very impressive solos. The riffing is always fantastic, and the bass playing by Josh Gilbert is much more audible than a standard metalcore album. The drumming isn't amazing but is very tight and does its job perfectly. The musicianship of the band is incredibly tight and better than ever.

On to vocals. Tim Lambesis has always been one of my favorite metal vocalists, and his performance on here in nothing short of amazing. "The Plague" and "The Blinding Of False Light" are the best example of his amazing range on this, from his usual screams, almost blackened screams, and even some death growls. His vocal performance is completely unrelenting. He basically steals the show, but when vocals are this good I'm okay with that.

Now onto the bad... if only he really did completely steal the show vocally. Josh Gilbert- I like him as a bassist, but I hate him as a vocalist. His clean vocals mostly interrupt the great feel of the album, they are too high for my taste, and he just sounds bored all the time. If they must have clean vocals (still the number one reason you could call this "metalcore") I wish the would at least use a more capable singer. The lyrics also aren't anything amazing. They're a little better than the typical metalcore fair, but don't expect anything to truly surprise you or blow you away.

In the end, despite the somewhat predictable lyrics and annoying clean vocals, this is one of my favorite metal albums. AILD have released the best album of their career. The musicianship is incredibly tight, the guitarists show they have some decent chops, and Tim's vocals are amazing. I would STRONGLY recommend this album to any fan of metal.


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heyadam
November 26th 2010


1717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

hey man great first review. Some minor adjustments could be made with punctuation and stuff, but overall it was a nice read

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Ulsufyring
November 26th 2010


1724 Comments


AILD could be considered the forefathers of modern metalcore along with Killswitch Engage.

fix this

Eko
November 26th 2010


2119 Comments


what ulsufyring said

climactic
November 26th 2010


19570 Comments


Metalcore kings As I Lay Dying


stopped reading there

DustinWindex
November 26th 2010


31 Comments


Where would most of you guys rank this in comparison to their other CDs?


I was a little confused when you called this close to a classic, but later on in the review you said nothing they do on this cd will surprise or amaze you?

Aside from the odd contradictions it's still a nice review, gonna pos it.

Spec
November 26th 2010


27201 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Got old fast.

ChuckSchuldiner
November 26th 2010


68 Comments


lol

Maniac!
November 26th 2010


26250 Comments


AILD could be considered the forefathers of modern metalcore along with Killswitch Engage.



.....Epic no?

theBlackWidow
November 26th 2010


465 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah...going out to say they are metalcore kings is too much. Good review all around though.


dr2den
November 26th 2010


1342 Comments


4 is too much

climactic
November 26th 2010


19570 Comments


1 is too much

Maniac!
November 26th 2010


26250 Comments


0.5 is too much

dr2den
November 26th 2010


1342 Comments


you finally seen the light

Maniac!
November 26th 2010


26250 Comments


But darkness is better

dr2den
November 26th 2010


1342 Comments


too bad ur never gonna be in it

Maniac!
November 26th 2010


26250 Comments


Psh.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2010


16452 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

AILD could be considered the forefathers of modern metalcore along with Killswitch Engage.


what?

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Maniac!
November 26th 2010


26250 Comments


^^^

climactic
November 26th 2010


19570 Comments


well its somewhat true but theyre the forefathers of shit, i mean they were one of the early bands to play the melodic death metal/metalcore hybrid and that's what metalcore has come to be associated with by many people



Maniac!
November 26th 2010


26250 Comments


they arent the forefathers of anything. shitty melodic metalcore started before them



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