As I Lay Dying
Beneath the Encasing of Ashes


3.0
good

Review

by canadapantsman USER (7 Reviews)
January 30th, 2006 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


Beneath the Encasing of Ashes is by no means a breathtaking record. To be quite blunt, this sounds like a more death metal Zao with really crappy production and average musicianship. The drums sound horrible, and are mediocre as well; no where near the crushing percussion found on the two later releases. The guitar tone is fine; the musicianship behind them is nothing special by any means whatsoever. The bass is more prominent here than on later releases, ironic since they didn’t really have a bass guitarist.

The title track is fairly solid, a good way to begin the album, and better than your average metalcore. The next song, Torn Within, is quite worthless; it seems like they play a verse twice and then go into a breakdown and end the song. By the time you hear Forced to Die, the aim of this album’s songwriting is seen to be similar to that of Frail Words Collapse. The goal is to write a main riff that can be repeated fairly constantly and not get old. Fairly epic, (or as close as you can get in a 2:43 metalcore song) Forced to Die has not so much of a solo as a climax. The guitar work actually reminds me of Saosin here…

A Breath in the Eyes of Eternity brings us back to AILD’s arsenal of Zao-influenced tracks, and this one is pretty good. The only complaint is they have one of their cool repetitive riffs, but they let it drag on too long.

Blood Turned to Tears was the first song I heard off this album, and it is just way too short, though not bad. The Voices That Betray Me is another good track, with a very cool filtered part a little less than a minute and a half in, featuring one of their repeating guitar licks. When This World Fades is a more “ballad-ish" track a la Forced to Die, only more “ballady-er". Nothing exceptional here.

By now the formula of uncomplicated riffs repeated over and over is getting a little old, though this track shows a little potential. A Long March reminds me of “Distance is Darkness" from FWC, and has this cool bass part that’s actually audible (gasp!). One of the more interesting tracks on here by far.

Surrounded is a very cool industrial-styled introlude (if that’s not a word, then it is now, and I copyright it) that leads into Refined by Your Embrace, which is less interesting than some other tracks on here. The Innocence Spilled is another one of their better tracks from the album, another one of AILD’s semi-epic songs, but is relatively unmemorable. Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier sounds better on this record than on their second album, and is how you know this album is not nearly as good since it’s one of the better songs here. The outro part to this song is very cool effects and noises.

Overview
This turned into a “Track-by-Track" review because as a whole, the only thing there is to say is that this is above par and far from As I Lay Dying’s best work. Picking up any Zao record besides Parade of Chaos would be a better choice than this, since this is pretty much the same sound only with less musicianship and less songwriting talent, not to mention worse production. Some might say "Well, dude, they like totatlly were only a band for a month before hitting the studio," or some shizzle like that. Too bad, they should have waited until the songs were more developed.

Highlights
Beneath The Encasing of Ashes 3.5/5
Forced to Die 3.5/5
A Breath in the Eyes of Eternity 4/5
The Voices that Betray Me 4/5

Overall somewhere between a 2.5/5 and a 3/5

Vocals - Tim Lambesis
Drums - Jordan Mancino
Guitar- Evan White



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canadapantsman
January 30th 2006


236 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

How do you edit a review?

Thor
January 30th 2006


10200 Comments


hey Jom you should make an album playlist. I'd like to see what you really like.

Storm In A Teacup
January 30th 2006


13161 Comments


Once again, good review, but a few pointers.
[quote=review]Beneath the Encasing of Ashes is by no means a breathtaking record. To be quite blunt, this sounds like a more death metal Zao with really crappy production and average musicianship.[/quote]
This is not very helpful to people, like me, who have no idea who Zao is.
[quote=review]The guitar work actually reminds me of Saosin here…[/quote]
Again, not helpful to those with no clue, like me, who Saosin is.
Try not to mention other bands when reviewing an album, unless you give exact details, so that readers know what you're talking about.
Good review, again. You use nice detail, for the review, but at times, some more depth would be appreciated. Good work.

canadapantsman
January 30th 2006


236 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Teh feedbark be much appreciated

Cravinov13
January 30th 2006


3854 Comments


The older stuff is more tolerable to me then the newer stuff. I don't know why either. Good review.

Zebra
Moderator
January 30th 2006


2647 Comments


I have yet to check this band out, simply because the band name is a turn off. Nice review, it was brief and detailed just the way I like it.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 30th 2006


15743 Comments


I find this "metalcore" to not be music. Atreyu, Norma Jean, As I Lay Dying, bands like those i find nmo musical talent int hem whatsoever.

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

CushMG15
January 30th 2006


1802 Comments


I think Atreyu's guitarists could be capable of something if they got rid of that goddamn Alex. And if they weren't so goddamn unoriginal.


There is some very good metalcore out there, tho.

Confessed2005
January 31st 2006


3314 Comments


The bands mentioned are not even TRUE metalcore; true metalcore are bands like 'Converge' and 'Botch'...I don't mind 'As I Lay Dying'. Tim Lambesis is quite a powerful vocalist and on later albums the drumming is very good. The riffs are so-so. Good review.

canadapantsman
February 2nd 2006


236 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

True metalcore is hardcore fused with metal. AILD is metalcore because they take christian hardcore and emotional hardcore and mix it with death metal.

Converge and Botch are indeed true metalcore, but you gotta see that the genre encompasses everyone from Corrosion of Conformity to Unearth. theres a lot of room for variation, which is why its so popular nowdays.

Cravinov13
February 3rd 2006


3854 Comments


there is no death in As I Lay Dying

Wanker
February 3rd 2006


139 Comments


I'm sure the book is better than the band.

bloodline_calling
March 23rd 2006


6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Quote:

I find this "metalcore" to not be music. Atreyu, Norma Jean, As I Lay Dying, bands like those i find nmo musical talent int hem whatsoever.


whoever you are, you have no idea what talent really is, all the bands you just listed have awesome musical talent, listen to their second and third album you nitwit

kill_the_animosity
June 9th 2006


26 Comments


good review. i love AILD but this album is nothing special. they're newest release Shadows are Security is awsome and it's insane to listen to this they sound totally different.

sell-out
July 20th 2006


47 Comments


is this really a christian band?

canadapantsman
August 30th 2006


236 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

the members are christians... at least the singer is. the truth is, does it really matter?

SylentEcho
April 24th 2007


1573 Comments


this band sucks. Just a few songs are alright.

theminustimes
June 23rd 2007


261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album made my ears bleed and i listen to quit a bit of metal

kalkal50
June 23rd 2007


2386 Comments


as i lay crying..

Cravinov13
June 23rd 2007


3854 Comments


I'll be blunt. this band sucks.



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