A good number of people asked for my opinion on the Tim Lambesis arrest issue. Well, after seeing the arraignment footage, I felt it was time to voice my opinion for all to hear, whether anyone wants to or not. I just wish one Youtube user didn’t remind me Tim Lambesis was involved on Frail Words Collapse! Years of pushing that album out of my mind, ruined…
As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying have found great success following their third full-length recording, Shadows Are Security. It was only a matter of time before the band honed their style into a tight sound that would become one of the strongest voices in the Metalcore world. This peak happened in 2007 during An Ocean Between Us. Since then, it seems as if the band has been pushing to capitalize off that sound, though remained unique enough to put out another good effort, 2010’s The Powerless Rise. It’s been two years since than, and they bring us their sixth studio full-length, Awakened. But, is this going to be an album set to tear through the fans, or through their wallets?
For a band that formed only back in 2000, As I Lay Dying has earned a rather ravenous and dedicated fanbase. And with many great songs and a few solid full-lengths under their belt, as well as some early material even the group would probably love to forget at this point, there’s almost nothing this band hasn’t done or recorded yet as far as Metalcore releases go. With a compilation under their belt collecting some of their earlier material, the group comes together again for a collection of varying tracks including three new songs, a bunch of remixes, and a couple covers that scream blasphemy for their 2011 release, Decas. Does this somewhat average compilation concept have what it takes to hold even the most loyal and frothing fans at bay?
After five full-length albums, As I Lay Dying has basically reached the pinacle of their success at a very young career age, but it wasn’t until their most recent few albums that their popularity and seething fan base really grew. It’s been roughly a year since their The Powerless Rise album, and with one compilation already out in 2006 dealing with their initial recordings, it was about time to hit up their fans with another collection of songs I guess. In comes their upcoming [at the time of this article] offering, Decas which I honestly didn’t know of even being in the works. In fact the first time I heard about this was the mentioning of one of the cover tracks by Chase of the Funeral Rain Press Corps saying how bad it was. I quickly learned it was in my e-mail from Metal Blade Records (which I couldn’t get before the other day due to a lack of internet access thanks to a shortage of funds to pay the bills) and I immediately downloaded the promotional copy. After doing the reviews I wanted to write for the day, I popped this sucker in. And wow…my time with this was not the most enjoyable.
After a very successful career so far, The Powerless Rise finds As I Lay Dying shaking their listeners by their throats, as well as handing them flowers. This is one release that is a little puzzling, considering that it contains some of the heaviest material that the band has recorded up to this point. But, at the same time, the band still incorporates their more melodic, innocent side by including the higher pitched singing vocals that have been adoring their albums recently, leaving the listener confused, but thoroughly enjoying the experience.