In Dying Arms
In Dying Arms


4.0
excellent

Review

by Lennon Sipes USER (2 Reviews)
March 27th, 2012 | 23 replies | 4,690 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Definitely not your deathcore cliché, don't let the band name or their looks fool you

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

• Pros: Creative musicianship, the experiments and ideas scattered across the album are amazingly astounding nearly every time
• Cons: Far too many chugging parts and breakdowns, the Chelsea Grin-esque screeches could get on the nerves of some listeners

"Your love is a fallacy You can't get the best of me and you don't want to be a big disappointment" , screams lead vocalist and Craig Mabbitt look-alike, Orion Stephens on the opening cut for his band's self-titled release. And although his looks aren't the only thing in-common with Mabbitt, the fact that he possesses a voice that alters between that of an angel and demon is simply blissful.

This is In Dying Arms, a 5-piece hailing from Baltimore. While featuring a driving a force stronger than most other acts in metalcore, the band promptly shifts between melodic and heavy riffs with plenty of unvisited ideas of the genre in-between, keeping the tracks fresh throughout. The album begins with "Murder I Wrote", and instead of going forth with a long chugging intro, the group throws the listeners into a barrage of thrash & blast-beats with enough tremolo guitar work to avoid being out-of-place. Almost three minutes through the song, it becomes apparent that the band keeps things going by the addition of some clean vocals and slow tempo, which surprisingly, actually works and goes about nicely.

This lick is then followed by "May I Have This Dance", which (the title alone) is pretty reminiscent of some Rise Records-based metalcore acts such as Miss May I. The band does not let down, however, as they continue with punishing death metal chords, before letting the music become uplifted again by metalcore melodies and harmonizing singing.

By the time it gets to "Losing My Grip", you start to see the album's first small flaw is that these two tracks sort of blend into each other. While this song alone has a heavier second verse or so, they both kind of go about with the formula (if not tempo, if you will) leaving them somewhat interchangeable on the first listen through. But while on the topic of flaws, let me just get past that the only problems I personally had with the record is, while I could very well be considered a fan of metalcore, let me put it that I favor its general sound over breakdowns and chugging riffs. This album has a fairly large amount of chugging parts that could have been undone with some more Swedish melodeath or thrash influence (at least that's what I suggest). Is it wrong to expect technical riffs out of metalcore bands? I think not. In many instances of bands of the genre since the popular rise of Killswitch Engage, or As I Lay Dying has shown a handful of young musicians incorporate solos or new ideas into the mix of the once/twice breakdown per song.

While In Dying Arms surely gets the deed of creativity done with more than enough ideas, tricks and experiments, they fall a tad short in terms of technicality, where I feel chugging parts could be replaced with more technical guitar work. The band, however, surely doesn't fail to impress really fan of metalcore or deathcore. Hell, even the screeched vocals come off a bit in the likes of Chelsea Grin or the now-defunct Underneath the Gun (although ironically enough the band is signed to Matchless Records, which is operated and owned by former Chelsea Grin guitarist, Chris Kilbourne). While the band clearly demonstrates enough potential and talent to not be forgotten in the underground deathcore phenomenon of the 2000s (enough memorable parts alone reside in "Famous Last Words"), they are still a young band going uphill from here on out.

Overall: the album is definitely worth the listen, even if you're not the biggest fan of metalcore or deathcore, I'm sure even melodic death metal enthusiasts could find some parts on this record for them. In Dying Arms certainly has enough energy to deliver blast beats and screeched vocals for metalcore kids seeking something new for their music libraries, but hopefully they'll get out some more technicality by their full-length.


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ThroneOfAgony
March 27th 2012



3485 Comments


Pretty good review dude, you have my vote. Pos'd

JosephLong
March 27th 2012



301 Comments


shit band they should try harder

ThroneOfAgony
March 27th 2012



3485 Comments


Thank you JosephLong

Evreaia
March 27th 2012



4022 Comments


Heard this a long while ago, the cleans are horrendous in this.. :/

Digging: Dornenreich - Freiheit

Fluttertrank
March 27th 2012



17098 Comments


The only thing i hate about this band is the vocals.

KSK1
March 27th 2012



4081 Comments


I actually really like this band. I'm a little biased cause I know them but still one of the only deathcore bands I still enjoy regardless. Glad to see someone wrote a review for this.

GunmetalAngelx
March 27th 2012



9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the comments, guys. I actually wrote this back in January and two of the members of the band loved the review as well lol. The songs on this album have already reached up to the 30s (in plays) on my iTunes.

jimmykidd
March 27th 2012



528 Comments


is that.. jet lee?

ITsHxCTOASTER
March 27th 2012



2488 Comments


Sux

IAmKickass
March 27th 2012



840 Comments


According to Facebook they're already writing the new record.

Have yet to listen to this, but the one song I heard was bad.

goop
March 28th 2012



131 Comments


The lyrics are horrid and they just threw the clean vocals in because that's the in thing to do these days. They didn't used to do that shit.

KSK1
March 28th 2012



4081 Comments


@Goop, if you listen to their old ep This Is Retaliation you'll see that they did use to do it.

techdeathkid
March 28th 2012



92 Comments


Lol this is straight up cliche deathcore, the hell is this getting at?

wacknizzle
March 28th 2012



12998 Comments


This band is pretty meh. Check out either A Different Breed of Killer - I, Collosus or Sumatra - Heliocratic Infinity if you want good deathcore.

Digging: Polyptych - Illusorium

goop
March 29th 2012



131 Comments


Clean vocals don't work with this kind of cliche deathcore

GunmetalAngelx
March 30th 2012



9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@techdeathkid, uhh probably what I'm getting at is that I like the album? What an idiot...wow. And aside from that, I've
already explained how it's not cliché and stands off from what's been done many times.

If you two don't like it then just fuck off. Deathcore is a love-hate metal genre for many reasons among many different
people. You don't have to love it and if you don't, just stay away. It's simple

Abrogation
April 12th 2012



38 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Lyrical themes and lyrics in general are quite poor, the breakdowns are boring and generic and the
clean vocals seem out of place.

It's basically your average Deathcore album with clean vocals.

Eulogize
April 12th 2012



2969 Comments


I remember hearing like two songs from these guys and the songs were at best a 3. And that's probably pushing it.

CosmicTiger
November 26th 2012



24 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review, but I'd like to make one side-note. While Orion Stephens may perform the clean vocals on their most recent release, "Boundaries", all of the clean vocals on this album are performed by Toby Valmas of the band Within Wolves.

With respect to the album itself, the band's biggest downfall is repetitive song-writing. Alternating from chugging to strumming can only get you so far.

Brabiz
July 5th 2014



202 Comments


Fuck, I love this band. The inclusion of clean vocals seriously just makes this awesome

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