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14
Nov
07

All Metal Resource Finds New Home!

I have finally upgraded to our own domain and a higher level of bandwidth. I will be creating an RSS feed and the works for all who are interested in that. Please update your bookmarks to the following new and improved All Metal Resource:

http://www.allmetalresource.com

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31
Aug
07

Review: As I Lay Dying – An Ocean Between Us (2007)

 

 As I Lay Dying is one of those bands that you either love…..or love to hate. For some strange reason they are often spoken in the same breath as Atreyu and Bullet For My Valentine; love them or hate them, people dislike this band for the wrong reasons. Most people associate As I Lay Dying with mainstream pop sensibilities that the previously mentioned bands, as well as Killswitch Engage, have used to their advantage to gain major record label attention. In reality, As I Lay Dying are merely a California metalcore band taking advantage of what they can while it lasts. Is there anything wrong with that? Let me answer that question for you, after listening to their latest release, An Ocean Between Us the answer is a resounding no.

Featuring a barrage of standard hardcore vocals, the album is not a major change from the formula that we have seen from the band previously, however, the chops and aggression have grown exponentially. Sometimes in the course of a band’s history, especially in the metal community, bands being exposed to a mainstream sound are often overcome with the urge to conform. As I Lay Dying has shown that special ability tht only a few bands possess–being able to combine popular likeability (i.e. your kid sister will like some of the melodious hooks), while you can switch to the next track and be blown away by an old school thrash riff punching you square in the jaw. I will admit that before An Ocean Between Us I only had a passing interest in this band because they sounded too generic to me. Well, the truth is, I just never gave the band the proper time of day to appreciate their efforts. Well, I can safely say now, that I will pay attention to all forthcoming releases after this one.

While the first two songs make up a pretty standard issue melodic enfused distraction from dangerous headbanging, the next track, “Within Destruction” will surely reduce your shoulder blades to a case of the wiggly jello jigglies. Upon first hearing this track, I was surprised to hear how closely it resembled oldschool thrash! Yes, it was still metalcore, but the metallic thrash side of things really showed through causing me to realize that not only was As I Lay Dying not intent on hitting the mainstream with sicky sweet choruses, but they were also showing their hardcore fanbase that the metal wasn’t anywhere close to dying. How can you not respect that kind of attitude?

In conclusion (don’t you hate it when people end shit like that? It sounds so stupid!), our little new wave of metal in the U.S. is not going anywhere if bands like As I Lay Dying continue to pump out hard hitting riffs that don’t clone Euro melodic death metal time and time again. Melody is fine, but give the folks some thrash to dance to while you are at it. The boys from Cali have got the formula. Good on you fellas!

VEWY GOOD

Memorable Songs: Within Destruction, Bury Us All, The Sound of Truth

Sounds like: Walls of Jericho, All That Remains, Destruction, Killswitch Engage

  1. Separation – 1:15
  2.  Nothing Left – 3:43
  3. An Ocean Between Us – 4:13
  4. Within Destruction – 3:54
  5. Forsaken – 5:18
  6. Comfort Betrays – 2:50
  7. I Never Wanted – 4:44
  8. Bury Us All – 2:23
  9. The Sound of Truth – 4:20
  10. Departed – 1:40
  11. Wrath Upon Ourselves – 4:01
  12. This Is Who We Are – 4:54

Tim Lambesis: Vocals 
Jordan Mancino: Drums
Josh Gilbert: Bass
Phil Sgrosso: Guitar
Nick Hipa: Guitar
Metal Blade Records

www.asilaydying.com




WarGlory’s Top 10 of 2007 (so far)

BEST

1. Circus Maximus - Isolate

2. Abigor - Fractal Possession

3. 3 Inches of Blood - Fire Up the Blades

4. Municipal Waste - The Art of Partying

5. Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos

6. Threshold - Dead Reckoning

7. As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us

8. Behemoth - The Apostasy

9. Megadeth - United Abominations

10. Agent Steel - Alienigma

WORST

1. Iced Earth - Framing Armageddon

2. Aria - Armageddon

3. Kruger - Redemption Through Loooseness

4. Machine Head - The Blackening

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