As I Lay Dying – An Ocean Between Us Reviews

An Ocean Between Us

It didn’t take long for the once exciting sounds of metalcore to devolve into metalsnore but, thankfully, a few bands have lead the charge toward keeping the (sub)genre’s lifeblood flowing with enthusiasm and even ingenuity. Among them? As I Lay Dying. The San Diego-based outfit returns with the kind of killer guitar hooks (courtesy of Phil Sgrosso and Nick Hipa), dynamic vocals, and a drum and bass attack that creates an aftershock bound to be felt for the remainder of the decade (more…)

13 responses to “As I Lay Dying – An Ocean Between Us Reviews”

  1. Anonymous says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A caveat to the progressive minded
    A previous reviewer suggested that deducting points from the rating of a band’s work because they are Christians would be “narrow minded and ignorant.

  2. Yama says:

    All I did was unpack the new As I Lay Dying CD and next thing I know, Tim Lambesis and co. came from nowhere and took my $ $ Ã! Seriously, this new CD, it is with the new versions of Darkest Hour, Throwdown, Pig Destroyer and, to a crowd absolute must own CDs from this year.
      The new album offers the syncopated rythyms we all expect from AILD, the breakdowns are a lot of the vocals have (elegantly) in a Hardcore Metal Growl lace that works well. Some new things, more cleanly sung melodic vocals. These do not sound the place at all, nor are they obliged. The album is full of heart-metal melody over the chaos and I say it is time. We also have a full-power-ballad to AILD in the track I Never Wanted. To all, I say this menu. It is very difficult. It is emotional. It's As I Lay Dying best hour. (so far) Bravo.

  3. Oded says:

    I have in this band back in 2004 and was obviously thrilled. eagerly awaiting for “shadow security” when I caught word that they are writing material for the next album and then I was in awe. everything about this band is first class. inciteful articles, stellar musicianship, high energy and heart rythyms felt melodicsm .. as i lay dying soon. Now you must give the credit where it is due, I hate it when I hear some critics say, nothing but terrible things about this band, because they are all Christians. That's just narrow minded and ignorant.
      now with that said, “an ocean between us,” raises the bar again. Of course they have kept their sound, but its signature elements. the vocals are more recognizable, and there is more to be sung with a vocal sound like your generic “metalcore” band wannabe is currently ripping out any good riff, like I was dying. this time, there's even a ballad type song on this CD, and it only proves that what this band wants to do and it sounds so incredibly good.
      if you extreeeeeeeme music is a must.

  4. Kevine says:

    I have no qualifications for reviewing this album as a music expert or critic. However, I can say what I think, a longtime friend of metal and rock. I for the first time in AILD by their video “The Darkest Nights”, and went and bought “Shadows Are Security” – and was thrilled! Not only are these guys, high energy prices to their hard sound, add the melodic vocals and chord changes.
      “An Ocean Between Us” is only as good as the previous album. It does not have the rawness that pervaded “Frail Words Collapse”, but the relentless onslaught remains. The lyrics are as always to think, full of symbolism, music, and has some new things that do not deviate too far from their seats sound. I have not decided yet whether it is better than SAS, but it has not yet worn. I'm still listening, still discover new things that are still lovingly AILD.
      If you are a fan, this is good stuff. If you have just introduced AOBU is a great place to start.

  5. Page says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    We Ain’t Done Yet!
    After Shadows Are Security dragged this band through the mud, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the next album but I bought it anyways out of loyalty.

  6. Zeus says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I love this CD. When I first heard “Nothing Left” I was so blown away I had to pick up this album, and I don’t regret it!

  7. Emerald says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    New Breed of Metalcore
    As I Lay Dying has proved countless times that they can rock. Sporting a unique and brutal sound, the San Diego natives release an album that is one for the ages.

  8. Madan says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Wonderful album, wonderful band.
    This is yet another wonderful by a wonderful band. Lyrics are good, singing is classic, and the playing is very talented.

  9. Nahuatl says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    It grew up on me
    At the beginning I only liked “Forseken”, then I kept listening and I realized that I completely love “Nothing Left” especially the way it comes right after “Separation”.

  10. Zuzela says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Is it me or are the Christian bands putting out the best music.
    I could care less if a band is Christain or Satanic. I am just a massive fan of music. Yet it seems like you can not go wrong with buying most Christain bands CD’s.

  11. Tino says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    As I Lay Dying . . . . metalcore’s best . . . . but . . . .
    The music on this album is fantastic. In my review on As Blood Runs Black I said: “Some artists are such amazing musicians that they can screw originality and they can play other…

  12. Otis says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Pushing Closer to Metal, and further away from Metal-core
    This album simply rocks!!! I am mostly into Metal, like Opeth, Nevermore, Shadows Fall, Wintersun, Amon Amarth, to name a few, but I bought this album after being somewhat…

  13. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    still awesome
    I don’t like this album much as the last two but is still a awesome heavy album.Many people don’t like metalcore cause they simply just called it hardcore music and not metal at…

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