As i lay dying have stepped up to the plate and hit a home run with Shadows Are Security.This cd sounds alot more polished than their previous album, the guitars sound perfect and the drums will still beat you to death.Tims scream/growl is still there, but they have added (dare i say) some melody.On tracks (2)Confined and (4)The darkest nights, they are heavy but almost have a “catchy and melodic” edge to them, this makes the songs that much better. This cd is in a tie for me for album of the year, along with Soilwork “stabbing the drama” and Agony Scene “the darkest red”. This cd is a must for any metal/hardcore fan. Stay METAL m/
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5 out of 5
Highlights: Empty Hearts, Losing Sight, Illusions
“I hold my breath till the steady beating is shut out, In silence I wait for what is real.” -The Truth Of My Perception
After I first heard 94 Hours, I knew that there was something special about As I Lay Dying. It’s the perfect blend of primal raging and beautifully intellectual lyrics that give this band an edge over the 3,000,000 other metalcore bands out there.
While Frail Words Collapse (a masterpeice in its own right) was a collection of brutal songs, Shadows Are Security feels more like an album. Each song transitions into the next without flinching, and the order couldn’t have been more perfect. While I wouldn’t go as far as to say its a concept album, I think it would definitely qualify as a “themed” album. There is almost a story in the lyrics, as the lead singer struggles with meaninglessness to find hope.
As I Lay Dying is a band that relies on speed, which does not necessarily equate to heaviness.That being said, Illusions has got to be one of the best songs on this disk. Its strength is its power, not its speed. Empty Hearts has the coolest guitar solo you will ever hear, coming off as almost Middle-Eastern sounding. Losing Sight is a sonic avalanche that deserves recognition as a standout. Other notables include Repeating Yesterday, where we see an almost ballad (with a piano solo, no less) which gives way to more brutal roaring, and Control Is Dead which features a guest appearance by Zao frontman.
A perceptible change is that there is much more clean singing in this album. Frail Words Collapse experimented with all kinds of vocal variations (spoken, whispered, clean shouts, and ethereal wails), and we lose some of that on this album. This isn’t to say that the singing is bad, or even that its out of place. However, I am concerned that they might be testing the water and considering making further crossroads into the mainstream market, which I think we can all agree would be a BAD thing. So, while I think that they have by no means crossed the “sellout” line, they do risk losing some of their fanbase if they continue in this direction.
People who don’t appreciate the beauty of the untamed power behind metal will not understand this band or appreciate the vocal prowess possessed by Lambesis. If you have $15 and can appreciate good music, then buy this album right now.
Although I wouldn’t claim this is better record than Frail Words Collapse, nor that it is worse, I can certainly say this is another brilliant effort by AILD. The vocals are energetic and full of metal passion. The instrumentals are combined of melodic, consistent riffs and powerful, rhythmic drumming that blends in perfectly with the vocals, which is what seperates this album from most repetitive noise junk produced these days by so called hardcore metal bands.
Those who think AILD is Metalcore or solely ‘Christian’ Metal are in deep state of illusion. The lyrics are related to soul, forgiveness, pain, hate, suffering and death. That doesn’t mean it only relates to religion or ‘christianity’. These are various abstracts, elements and phases of life that we can all relate to in many ways because life can exist and be lived without religion.
Anyway, my favourite songs in this album are: ‘The Darkest Nights’ which is a very well sung song and has a good melody, ‘Confined’ for its powerful riff and ground-shaking drumming which makes this the perfect song to mosh and ‘Control is Dead’ for its energetic and hateful vocal and lyrical combination.
All I can say is if you are into ‘hardcore/metal’ then this is a must-buy album.
Their 3rd full length release is in my opinion the 3rd best release. Which isn’t a bad thing considering how good Beneath the Encasings of Ashes and Frail Words Collapse were. The addition of more melodic parts wasn’t a bad thing, in fact Confined has been stuck in my head since the first time I heard it. It does however, lack substance imo that the other two albums had. Towards the end of the CD it gets a little generic at times but I’m not saying the songs are bad… they’re not. Fans of metalcore should definitely buy this album.
First off I will say to all the people totally knocking this cd you must not know the talent it takes to be as good a musicians as this band has, the drummer is absolutely amazing if they werent a christian band I would swear he sold his soul to the devil to make his legs that fast, the vocals are strong and in your face, although it can be a little preachy at times, its how he feels so let him express his beliefs, if you dont like it f*ck off dont listen to him! The guitarists are crazy good showing not only their metal roots with there pulsating riffs and leads, but also putting out some of the best melodic parts Ive ever heard! Yes there is more singing on this cd then frail words collapse but why not, their bassist is a great singer, if you have it why not use it! All and all this cd is very reminding of how good frail words collapse is and comes very close to it! if you like as I lay dying in any kind of way BUY THIS CD! and for all those “hardcore scene” kids out there bashing this cd take a look in the mirror your wearing f*ckin girl jeans and a pink belt these guys are keeping metalcore the way it should be, quit being a whining critic and bang your f*ckin heads!!