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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

Disappointed

Expected much better, all these remixes, and whoever came up with the idea of adding in a dubstep remix or "Innerpartysystem Remix", should be slapped in the face.

No really, it's a compilation album

This isn't their "next album" after The Powerless Rise, but a compilation album of different ideas to celebrate their 10th anniversary. So if you don't like techno remixes, I strongly recommend not listening to the last half of this album rather than freaking out about their "new direction." The 3 new songs are AILD's actual new direction, and it's just as heavy and melodic as before. Paralyzed could easily be my favorite song of theirs. From Shapeless to Breakable throws in death/thrash influences and wipes out all fears that they're going soft or selling out, while Moving Forward balances it out by letting Josh's voice calm us down. The other tracks are interesting in their own way and true fans will love them - just not what most would expect of an AILD release.

6 Song Album

This album is good. But that is all it is, just good. Apart from the amazing "War Ensemble", and "Electric Eye" the rest of this isnt worth the money. The only songs that are worth listening to are "Paralyzed", "From Shapeless to Breakable", "Moving Forward", "War Ensemble", "Hellion", and "Electric Eye". The remixes are just entertaining the first time you listen to them, after that they're actually kind of annoying. Being a die hard As I Lay Dying fan, I encourage them to change it up a little. But substituting the last half of an album with "tolerable" remixes isnt a very good way of changing it up. Bottom line, the first half is good, but dont even bother with tracks 7-13. Thats only 50% guys, NOT COOL.

Biography

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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