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Album Review

As I Lay Dying offer album number four with new bassist Josh Gilbert, who replaces Clint Norris (who left to get married and settle down). An Ocean Between Us offers several new aspects in the band's sound: the churning hardcore is still very much at the center of the band's sound, as are the twin lead guitars of Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso. Tim Lambesis is still the growling, razorbladed behemoth he always was, but Gilbert now offers melodic vocals on some choruses, effectively widening the band's reach even if it takes fans a while to get used to it. "Forsaken" will probably be the greatest shock, with its purely melodic, even majestic classic metal intro. The fury comes, to be sure, but not until a full minute in, and the opening riffs sound like outtakes from Metallica's Ride the Lightning LP — by the time of the chorus, with Gilbert singing melodically, the listener will wonder whose record is on the spinner. There are far more trademark moments on the set as well, such as the title cut, which begins at 95-mph and ramps up to 120 and is pure pummeling power. "Wrath Upon Ourselves" will delight the faithful as well with its knotty stomp-and-start fury — though the choruses, with the same kinds of melodic vocals, may disturb some. Change is inevitable in music as well as in everything else. The elements that made As I Lay Dying such a successful thrashing metallic unit are still in place; they are the marrow in the band's sound. These new developments reveal one thing: As I Lay Dying's members understand that progress is necessary for satisfaction and survival. The writing for this recording is an entire notch up — more sophisticated yet utterly unpretentious — and this new textural element in their sound feels natural and welcome.

Customer Reviews

Just...badass metalcore at it's finest.

Considering how downhill metalcore has been going, this is a one fine album. Compared to Shadows Are Security, the tracks are much more exciting and technical, with an epic introduction (Separation feeding into Nothing Left) some badass thrashy tracks i.e 'Within Destruction' and an epic title track 'An Ocean Between Us.' This album does not come short of being their finest works!!! Don't take my word for it, download and listen to these if your unsure: -Separation & Nothing Left' -'An Ocean Between Us' -'Within Destruction' -'Forsaken' -'The Sound Of Truth' HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

A coming of age for AILD

The last track (This Is Who We Are) on 'An Ocean Between Us' is just about to finish and in about 30 seconds' time, I'll be re-listening to the brilliantly dark intro 'Separation' again, because this truly is As I Lay Dying's best work to date. The darkest, the loudest, the heaviest: the most passionate; the most dramatic; the most adrenaline-filled. I could continue with the superlatives, but it would ruin the surprise. It's obvious AILD have really sat down and concentrated on every minute detail on every song to make this album a true great. Where 'Shadows Are Security' and, to an extent, 'Frail Words Collapse' are guilty of being a little immature and rushed, 'An Ocean Between Us' is a roller-coaster of darkness then sudden explosion and will leave you begging for more. This is As I Lay Dying's most mature work so far, and has propelled them into one of the most in-form metal bands of the year. While not quite 'up there' with the likes of Machine Head's 'The Blackening', 'An Ocean Between Us' is on a whole new level to AILD's previous releases. 100% recommended.


This album is fantastic. It's so diverse, yet it still retains the AILD feel and sound. it's a far cry from "shadows are security" just because it's a much more musically diverse album. In my opinion, it is the best of the three, and it shows them growing and maturing into a better, more focused metalcore band.


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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