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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

Best album yet from AILD!!

First off, I gotta say how great an album it is. It is the best metal album I have ever heard. An Ocean Between Us is more "thrash" sounding than AILD's previous albums, but that's not a bad thing. I like every song on this album. "Separation"-9.0/10 It's an instrumental, but it sounds awesome. It kinda builds up anticipation for the next track. "Nothing Left"-10/10 Awesome song, awesome should check it out. The solo's on this song are great! "An Ocean Between Us"-10/10 Another great song, one of my fave's on the album. This song is very fast paced, check out the preview to know what I mean. "Within Destruction"-9.5/10 This is the first song I heard from the AOBU, just like the song before it, also very fast and brutal. "Forsaken"-11/10 My favorite song on AOBU, hands down. The riffs on this song are nothing short of amazing sounding, plus the chorus is great. "Comfort Betrays"-9.5/10 Great heavy song, it sounds alot like it's from"shadows". "I Never Wanted"-10/10 Great vocals on this song, I love how Tim's and Josh's sing together on this track. "Bury Us All"-9.5/10 Another heavy song with some killer riffs. "The Sound of Truth"-10/10 Another of my favorites, this sound is great. The opening of the song sent chills down my spine when I first heard it. "Departed" 9.5/10- An Instrumental, but it is very beautiful, and fits the title well. "Wrath Upon Ourselves"-9.5/10 This is what I'm talking about! Another heavy song. Another of my faves. "This is Who We Are" -10/10 I love this sound, the chorus is awesome and it seems fit to be the last track on the album. Buy the whole album! It's that great. But if you "can't" then at least download "nothing left", "an ocean between us", forsaken", and "the sound of truth". AILD for life!

In Defense of As I lay Dying and Metalcore overall...

First and foremost, this is a solid metalcore album. And, from reading other reviews, most people agree with me. Even though “An Ocean Between Us” is a great album, I still have some critiques. for example, I think they sing too much. but that’s not why I'm writing this review... I've read reviews that criticize not only AILD, but Metalcore as a genre. To these people, I'd say stop and consider the fact that it is extremely self-righteous of you to define music. Music is an art, and art is for none to define. Art is something different to all of us. If you don't like something, you're entitled to you opinion. But your dislike for AILD, and Metalcore for that matter, doesn't mean it’s not music. Further, it’s your snobbish attitude that has plagued all new art forms in history. Take "The Rolling Stones" or "The Beatles" for example. In the early days of rock, people snubbed them, saying essentially the same things people say about metalcore- "that’s not music" or "its just noise." now both of the bands are viewed as founders of the genre. Finally, Metalcore isn't just music, it’s a culture. It came from the streets, and if you didn't, you may not understand it all the time. One review says AILD could make and publish a poetry book of their lyrics. Knowing AILD, it could happen. But that’s irrelevant. AILD's and metalcore's lyrics connect with millions of people, and no band in the genre needs a book to validate that. I'm not saying you have to like AILD. I'm not saying you have to like Metalcore. I'm just saying you should think twice before writing off an entire art form and culture when you clearly don't possess a deep enough understanding to make that call. As I Lay Dying, keep up the good work BTW: My Favorite Songs are This is Who We Are - great guitar (1) The Sound of Truth - cool harmonies (2) and Nothing left - just a good heavy song (3)

just buy.

no review needed , sickest as i lay dying album out , and when i say sickest i mean THE SICKEST , notice how AILD , Killswitch Engage and All That Remains have never put out a bad album yet? they need a tour together , that would be big. anyway , just buy the album already!


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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