I started listening to As I lay Dying in 2005 and I think this is terrific stuff. I would like to know who tagged this as “gay”, because this is awesome. I suggest the chucklehead who tagged this as “gay” stick with listening to hip-hop, R&B, and pop. as far as metalcore goes, this is a band that refuses to compromise. as far as “new” stuff goes, I have never heard their EP’s or their debut full-length album, so it sounds pretty new to me. I give this album 5 halos. (this is Christian metal)
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AS I LAY DYING are the best metalcore band around and this cd proves just that, all the songs are straight out raw and brutal. This cd is a reprint of their early albums as they went out of print, and anyone that thought this cd was a dissapointment is a idiot and possiblly likes Hip Hop or Rap music, like the couple of reviews above this. How could you think this was new stuff (apart from the last 4 songs that have been re-recorded), maybe your mentally challangened. This album was made for people that DID NOT have Beneth The Encasing OF Ashes as it went out of print. Of course its gonna suck if you allready have it. But if you dont this is possibly the best AS I LAY DYING album out. I believe this is better that Frail or Shadows.
I love alot of the newer bands that are staying true to the metal sound and what makes metal the greatest music on earth!
As I Lay Dying are a prime example of how Metallic Hardcore should be done, and needless to say the material on both the 2002 EP and 2001s Beneath The.. are full of the amazing metalcore youd expect to hear from a band that near invented the genre.
The confusion arrising from this release was the re-recording aspect. Some seemed to believe that this would be both a re-recording on the EP and on Beneath The.. but sadly it is not. The cd is just a repackaging of the 2 cds put together, with a “re-recorded” version of the EP which (other than Reinvention) seems to have been simply lifted and reordered from Frail Words Collapse. This was personally a great disappointment for me because i thought itd be great to hear if theyd done anything different with the songs, but sadly they have not.
Needless to say, if i didnt have the EP and album already, this wouldve been a complete waste other than getting to hear a better version of Reinvention. I wouldnt recommend it to anyone looking for something new.
This CD was a great purchase for me. For months now I have been trying desperately to get a hold of the original Beneath the Encasing of Ashes CD, however, I found nothing under $40. This CD was a great alternative for people like me, who just wanted a copy of their earlier stuff, for collection reasons.
If you’re looking for the great As I Lay Dying sound that’s in Frail Words Collapse, or Shadows Are Security, you won’t find it here. And if you’re buying this trying to find good quality songs from them, you’ll be dissapointed. The main reason they released this CD is to keep their older releases on the market, so fans like me can purchase them without having the hassle of paying 40$ for a discontinued album.