Metal Blade Records
Release length: 10:20
Well, regardless, this is a nice sampler CD to have. It features three cuts off the latest album, and they are some great choices for metal radio air play. The EP shows the band has progressed their sound, and drifted away from the emo-esque sounds found on the previous album Frail Words Collapse. The new vocalist is definitely a welcomed addition and fits the music so much better then the previous one. The singing has also improved over the last release, which is blatently obvious during the chorus of the song “Confined”.
The music is harder, even more technical, and much more mature since the band’s start. This sampler definitely shows that As I Lay Dying‘s new album Shadows Are Security is going to be pretty good. it’s just too bad that the sampler did not feature the single off the album, “The Darkest Nights”. But, since this is just a CD-R with pressed text on it the label used to build hype for the album, it’s not something that holds any collectable value since it could easily be duplicated. Oh well, it’ll just remain something nostalgic from my radio days I suppose…
01. Meaning In Tragedy – 3:13
02. Confined – 3:11
03. Through Struggle – 3:58
|Overall Score: 8/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by Metal Blade Records.