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Album Review

Celebrating ten years of crushing metalcore, As I Lay Dying’s Decas is a fan-service grab bag of new tracks, remixes, and covers that seeks to show fans not only where the band is going, but where it came from. Covering songs from Slayer, Judas Priest, and, somewhat improbably, the Descendents, the band gives fans a glimpse at some of its influences. While it may seem like a strange bunch, with two metal icons and a punk band, it feels like the connection really comes from the bands' shared relentlessness, with all three groups representing the kinds of musical wind sprints that have pushed As I Lay Dying to the levels of intensity they’ve made a part of their repertoire. Surprisingly, the most interesting part of the compilation comes not from the new songs, which are certainly solid, but from the remixes. "Wrath Upon Ourselves [Benjamin Weinman Remix]" finds the band's already crunchy sound being pushed to sonic extremes, with the song chopped up to create an abrasive, hyperkinetic reinterpretation that makes the song an even more cathartic and visceral experience than the original. Given the band’s emphasis on breakdowns, the dubstep remixes of “Elegy” and “The Blinding of False Light” also show As I Lay Dying’s work translating easily from genre to genre, maintaining the same heaviness while changing the sound palette from detuned guitars to guttural bass wobbles. As an album that’s based around the idea of looking back and reimagining things, Decas isn’t a great place for new fans to pick up with As I Lay Dying, but for those who have been around the block a few times with these guys, it’s an album that they won’t want to miss out on.

Customer Reviews

Bonne anniversaire As I Lay!

cet album a été faite pour souligner le 10e anniversaire d'As I Lay Dying alors c'sst normal que cet album soit sorti maintenant. je trouve que c'est une bonne idée davoir fait des remixes c'est comme mettre en valeur des succès de leurs créations. je ne suis donc pas d'accord avec le commentaire précédent de Saskuatch01.

Longue vie au groupe As I Lay

God bless you guys.


Well, this is probably their worst album yet. The 5 original songs aren't bad but it looks like they use some random remix to fill the missing tracks. I like to listen to electro and it could have been great to listen to some good electro on AILD songs. The remix songs sound like it was done by a random dude in its basement with no equipment and no skills at all. So yeah, 9.99 for 5 original songs (Hellion and Coffee Mug are more like ringtones to me) and some bad remix.


Their was like a few new song then bunch of covers then some crappy electronic remixes. So if i'm going to listen to hellion and electric eye i would rather listen to it from Judas Priest.


Formed: 2001 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

As I Lay Dying are a metal-hardcore crossover band from San Diego, California. The group formed as a trio in 2001 with vocalist Tim Lambesis, drummer Jordan Mancino, and guitarist Evan White, and shortly thereafter released Beneath the Encasing of Ashes. A split CD with the American Tragedy followed the next year. In 2003 the band signed with Metal Blade and released Frail Words Collapse. After the album's release, White left the band and the remaining core of the group, Lambesis and Mancino, drafted...
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