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As I Lay Dying - "An Ocean Between Us" (CD)

As I Lay Dying - "An Ocean Between Us" CD cover image

"An Ocean Between Us" track listing:

1. Separation
2. Nothing Left
3. An Ocean Between Us
4. Within Destruction
5. Forsaken
6. Comfort Betrays
7. I Never Wanted
8. Bury Us All
9. The Sound of Truth
10. Departed
11. Wrath Upon Ourselves
12. This is Who We Are

Reviewed by on October 10, 2007

"the specific production, sharp and considerably over-produced guitar work, and vocal strength create a new sound for As I Lay Dying"

Bam! It was the only word I could come up with as I first listened to As I Lay Dying’s first single, “Nothing Left.” For a first time listener, I was doubtful a band of hardcore and death roots (metalcore) could come up with intelligent songwriting, catchy riffs, and melodic subtle tones. But here it is.

Much of the delight from As I Lay Dying to their fans has been the speed of blistering guitars from Hipa and Sgrosso. In their third outing, one of the smartest moves was to put in producer Adam Dutkiewicz. Reason: the specific production, sharp and considerably over-produced guitar work, and vocal strength create a new sound for As I Lay Dying. Dutkiewicz brought a new, thrash sound to the band and this fan hopes they keep the sound. I guess Metal Blade Records are doing them well.

From the intro song, with its beautiful dual guitar serenade to the last piano sounds on the last track, each song connects like bridges. Can anyone argue that “Nothing Left” is not a good back to school, drive crazy anthem? I doubt it. But die-hard fans don’t be scared; As I Lay Dying also has its metalcore vocals for you, ripping through every song furiously until the melodic chorus. Of course, with any album comes a few filler tunes that maybe a toss up as to whether to put them on the final album track listing or not. With an album like “An Ocean Betwwen Us,” it is clear that As I Lay Dying will tune their focus into more melodic thrash and hardcore metal, then turn back into their original roots of mayhem and intolerable insanity. Keep it comin’, this metal fan screams, keep it coming!

Highs: Great guitarwork especially on " The Sound of Truth," great songwriting, and improved melodic vocals

Lows: A few filler tracks as generally anticipated

Bottom line: A must-pick up from fans of KSE, LOG, ETID, and straight up hardcore thrash. Will not be dissapointed.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls
4.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)