As I Lay Dying
Frail Words Collapse


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dominic USER (7 Reviews)
November 14th, 2006 | 85 replies | 20,790 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


5 of 6 thought this review was well written

As I Lay Dying released their debut "Beneath The Encasing of Ashes" a while before this, and soon after, their EP, "American Tragedy." A little while later, they were signed by Metal Blade records and this was their first album. In many cases, this is their debut since Beneath The Encasing of Ashes was and still is fairly hard to find. The album opens up with 94 Hours. A weird sound that almost sounds similar to a wind blowing starts up and then a neat fast guitar riff opens up the song. Tims anger filled screams come in a little while later. This is considered by many to be AILD's best song. With an insane drummer kicking the double bass at insane speeds, Tim's vocals, smooth guitar throughout the song, this is a standpoint for what AILD is about. "Falling Upon Deaf Ears" opens up with a slower sound, but Tims screams still sound as brutal and loud as they did before. The drums still remain clear and the guitarists still play with a smooth sound. The albums first guitar solo comes in at 1:35 and it is a fairly well made solo. The song slows down again and keeps the "chugga" kind of beat until the end of the song. "Forever" starts off with a quick drum beat, then the rest of the band comes in. Tims vocals have softened softly and the backup vocals show up for the first time with clean vocals and back up screaming. Forever is another song that is considered to be AILD's best song. The lyrics are borderlining emo, but don't let that make you hate this song. It keeps the slow beats of "Falling Upon Deaf Ears," and can also retain some speed. another short guitar solo comes in around 2:17. The song slows down at 3:00 in. Then at 3:26, everything comes back in and comes in for one last emotional breakthrough.

"Collision" is a well made song, but not quite as good as the first three songs that came before. It opens up with a quick guitar riff and a nice beat from the drums. Everything retains the same sound throughout most of the song and it closes with a final scream and a quick drum beat. "Distance is Darkness" opens up with a chaotic riff and a quick scream. The drum beats come in and the song opens up. Unlike the other songs, this is all about brutality and chaos. Tim is hitting some low and almost death metal type screams. At 1:30, everything stops, then Tim breaths in and unleashes a five second long scream. Then more clean backup vocals come in. The song ends off with a final scream and a fadeout. "Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier" starts off with a slow riff and continues through most of the beginning of the song. This song is a big change from every song that came before. When the drums come in the slow riff stops and starts the song. Someone in the background is talking. (I think it's Tim.) The band's emo influences show in this song. Tims screams still sound very angry which is a plus for this song, since most everything else is mediocre.

"Undefined" picks up where the album left off with "Distance is Darkness" with a fast guitar riff. This song sounds similar to "94 Hours" in song structure. The songs do sound fairly similar. The drums hit a fast speed, the guitars sound very smooth and well done.. If this song sounded more origional, this would be a much better song. "A Thousand Steps" Opens with a neat sounding feedback then opens ups with the song. Like "Distance is Darkness" the song is brutal and chaotic. This song would be much better if it was longer. 1:48 is not a place to end a song. Of course, the last 14 seconds of the song is nothing but chaos, and sounds great. "The Beginning" opens up with a nice guitar solo and drums. This song hints at the end of the album. It is a heavy yet melodic song and is easily one of the better tracks. It has a few "chugga" style riffs to it, but other than that, the song is very well done.

"Song 10" opens up with a very slow riff which is even slower than "Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier." A slow drum beat follows the riff and continues until more whispering is heard in the background. The song finally picks up at 2:25, and only leaves a 1:50 left for a song. Despite the very slow beginning, it does pick up a little speed and does prove to be a great improvement over "Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier." Tim's screams hit a pretty high sound in this song. Around 3:50, the song slows back down agin and it fades out. "The Pain of Separation" opens up without a second to waste. Fast guitars, fast drums, and a death metal growl from Tim open up this great song. The drums sound great and are easily heard and the guitars keep the chaotic sound from "Distance is Darkness" Tim does a lot of death type growls in this song and keeps the chaotic sound throuoght even when the song slows down. This is a very well made song and is sadly overlooked by a few.

At long last... "Elegy" The song is a masterpiece. It easily is up their with the best AILD song ever. It contains a beautiful melody and keeps a hevy sound with Tims vocals. At 2:00 the entire band comes in and the guitarists come in with an awesome riff that cant not help you remind of Reign in Blood. The song loses its bass sound and everything is thrown into a small sounding blast beat. It regains its normal sound and the guitars come in with a slow and melodic riff leading out to the end of the song.

Frail Words Collapse... Pros and Cons:
Pros:
+great guitar and drums
+Tim's vocals are great and brutal, yet still contain passion and emotion
+Some great individual songs
+Has slow songs, normal metlacore songs, and chaotic songs.
Cons:
-Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier
-Was there a bass?
-Tims vocals sound can sound whiny but not often.


A huge improvement over "Beneath the Encasing of Ashes" and holds some great songs. Probably the best in metalcore. Its hard to pick if this or their next album, Shadows Are Security, is better.



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TurnTheOtherWay
November 14th 2006



459 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Not a bad review. You tend to diagram the songs a little bit too much, though. I also have reason to believe you don't know what emo is.
As for the album, it's way to damn repetitive.

aresx
November 14th 2006



300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ha, i listen to Hawthorne Heights... i know what emo is. XD and thanks for the feedback.

ToWhatEnd
November 14th 2006



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah this album does get repetitve but still has some incredible songs on it. 94 Hours, Falling Upon Deaf Ears, Forever, and Elegy (which they DID NOT play when I saw them) are my favorites off of this. However, I still think Shadows Are Security dominates this one. As I Lay Dying owns overall though and gets way too many cheap shots directed their way.

Angmar
November 14th 2006



2689 Comments


ha, i listen to Hawthorne Heights... i know what emo is


Only problem is that Hawthorne Heights ISNT EMO!!! ok review this band is kinda repetative though.

aresx
November 15th 2006



300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

O_o

Hawthorne Heights isn't emo? what are they then?

loathed
November 15th 2006



174 Comments


[quote=aresx]O_o



Hawthorne Heights isn't emo? what are they then?[/quote]

very bad pop punk...

real emo is circle takes the square etc...

ToWhatEnd
November 15th 2006



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh dude you just lost major points in my book, I thought you were being sarcastic about Hawthorne Heights....

metallicaman8
November 15th 2006



4677 Comments


ha, i listen to Hawthorne Heights... i know what emo is.


ZOMG me too!! I also listen to lots of other emo like My Chemical Romance, new Green Day material and Taking Back Sunday!!! Seee me&this mofo know whatz up.

Ha, just playin'. Seriously though, you might want to get a better understanding of what emo is. Otherwise you'll be eaten alive on this site, or if you don't want to learn more about it just avoid using the term. Pretty good review, the band is alright.

radianteclipse
November 15th 2006



397 Comments


Yeah, this band uses the same riffs in virtually every song. It's really annoying. They have potential, they just can't write a worthwhile song.

sam_valley
November 18th 2006



61 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review, I don't like this album as much as you though. Shadows are Security absolutely sh*ts all over this album.

And just to add to this argument, Hawthorne Heights IS emo and As I Lay Dying ISN'T.This Message Edited On 11.18.06

TheSunSleeps348
November 24th 2006



156 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The major problem to this album is that there wasn't as many organized sounding songs IMO. Songs like A Thousand steps is basicly just the band playing whatever they feel like and it sounds like they are messing around. Another band that tends to do this is Slipknot. I don't know if anyone noticed...but all their albums do it but they're later stuff. Anyways, good reveiw.

TurnTheOtherWay
November 25th 2006



459 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

And just to add to this argument, Hawthorne Heights IS emo and As I Lay Dying ISN'T.

Um, no, neither are emo. [insert generic "go to emo section of website" suggestion]

aresx
December 20th 2006



300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh...uh...btw.

good news!!!

i stopped listening to Hawthorne Heights.

XD

Pluh
February 9th 2007



579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's a good album, i do like AILD but some songs do get really repetetive and it's sometimes hard to listen to a full cd through... drums are definitely cool though, so there's a plus in my book.

Confessed2005
March 10th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

94 Hours is a really cool song - the drumming is a major plus point in any AILD.

ThroughStruggle
May 20th 2007



28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i LOVE both FWC and SAS but i'm almost tempted to say that i like Frail Words Collapse more, i think that Shadows Are Security is even more repetitive than this, which of course is great because all the songs are amazing but gets kinda old

i'm thinkin An Ocean Between Us is gonna blow these two out of the water though, i can't wait til it drops in august

Cravinov13
May 20th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I tried to play this the other day, but I couldn't get past how bad it is so I turned it off by song two.

ThroughStruggle
May 20th 2007



28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well we all have our opinions, but this is probably my favorite album to date

Cravinov13
May 20th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

IMO SAS is at least bareable to listen to. It's just so friggin generic.

ThroughStruggle
May 21st 2007



28 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i uderstand what you mean, i first heard this album when i was in 7th grade and i thought it defined metal. so i guess it has some sentimental value to me as well



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