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Album Review

From the melodic, punk-charged opening anthem, "Car Underwater" to the somber, moody finale, "The End of a Fraud," Armor for Sleep's second album ups the punk/emo ante with fabulously crafted songs and a desire to challenge the norms of a movement that has grown increasingly stale. With the aforementioned parting shot, brainchild Ben Jorgensen goes dark, flirting with his inner Aaron Lewis. That's hardly to say that AFS is headed into Staind territory, as the Thursday-like "Remember to Feel Real" attests, but the group's willingness to work with producer Machine, a veteran of projects with Clutch, White Zombie and Lamb of God was a risk that paid off. From the no nonsense blast of "The Truth About Heaven" to the urgent appeal of "Awkward Last Words" it's apparent that this destined-to-be-huge New Jersey quartet (which also counts guitarist P.J. DeCicco bassist Anthony DilOnno and kitman Nash Breen) is the sum of its parts. ~ John D. Luerssen, Rovi

Customer Reviews

I *still* listen to this album regularly

This is one of the few albums from my "pop-punk / emo" days that I still routinely listen to, probably about once a week. It's so genre-defying, well-written, well-produced, and overall amazing. I still get goosebumps on some of these songs, years after the novelty should have worn thin. The story and lyrics are tragic and beautiful, and the music is layered and raw, and delicate and heavy all at once.

If you're a fan of good music-- regardless of genre-- get this album and listen to it a few times through on some good headphones.


Why has no one reviewed this album?! Ive had this album for years and i still listen to it and love it! I have also seen this band live and they are so sick!!!

Worth the purchase

Sadly, AFS broke up, but they left behind great music. This is by far their best album. I wish that they hadn't disbanded, because I loved their music and still do to this day. Buy the album! ^^


Formed: 2002 in New Jersey

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Armor for Sleep's emotionally charged lyrics, energetic live shows, and D.I.Y. work ethic have won the New Jersey-based quartet a loyal fan base. Singer/songwriter/guitar player Ben Jorgensen began writing songs the summer before his freshman year at college, and recorded two of them at a local studio. Weary of playing all of the instruments himself, the self-admitted recluse found kindred spirits in bassist Anthony Dilonno and cousins Nash Breen (drums) and P.J. DeCicco (guitar). Buzz for the newly...
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