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2012 release, the sixth studio album from the San Diego-based Metal band. The album was produced by Bill Stevenson (the drummer of the Descendents) and recorded at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado and Lambesis Studios in San Diego, California. Features the single 'Cauterize'.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cauterize
  2. A Greater Foundation
  3. Resilience
  4. Wasted Words
  5. Whispering Silence
  6. Overcome
  7. No Lungs to Breathe
  8. Defender
  9. Washed Away
  10. My Only Home
  11. Tear Out My Eyes


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B008SVS0DW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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So I've been listening to AILD since An Ocean Between Us (favorite album by the way), and I must say. This is an awesome album. I would say this album is the brutal breakdowns and thrash of Shadows are Security with the technicality of Powerless Rise. The album production is awesome, which I was worried it wasn't going to be with Adam D. not doing it. Nick solo's have DRASTICALLY improved, and the breakdowns are not the same as every other band. Overall, awesome album, quickly becoming my second favorite on just a few listens.

NOTE: There is alot more singing in this album, almost to the point of Killswitch Engage's level a couple times. I don't mind it, but some people might.
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Awakened is one of the most surprising and difficult to explain of the 2012 releases so far. In a few words, it's a confusing and over stimulating album first listen through. Imagine As I Lay Dying meets punk rock and rock & roll. Since I figured you'd want me to cut to the chase, I'll list the pros and cons before my review and you can decide if I'm credible enough.

Cons:
Every song is an epic shred fest (minus the instrumental); it can get exhausting listening when the usual As I Lay Dying dynamics are something along the lines of heavy, soft, heavy, middle, ect...here it is fast with it being fairly heavy every song.
One or two choruses may be just a little too "poppy" for fans.
Even though it's about the same length as past releases, the ending just feels too abrupt and leaves you "needing" more.

Pros:
Best production quality of any of their past releases.
Best use of gang vocals yet.
Best pronunciation in screams yet.
Most audible and well mixed clean vocals yet.
Verse lyrics are poetic and deep as always, however, Tim (lyricist) manages to simplify the chorus lyrics to something catchy and to the point unlike most past releases.
Best solos yet.
There's a variety of styles on the album.
Josh (clean vocals) gets to show his prowess as a vocalist even if a decent chunk of fans hate clean vocals in general.
These songs will be great live.

Review:
Early 2012, As I Lay Dying started looking for a new producer for the next album. Adam D was more than busy with the new Killswitch release, so they had to look elsewhere. They found Bill Stevenson, who is a renowned producer of bands like Rise Against...ect. He was also the drummer for the punk band The Descendants.
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I have been a fan of As I lay dying since their first album when i was still in highschool. Now, married with kids, I had all their albums except this one. It seems I never have time for the things I love now as my family takes up most of my time, but, upon hearing in the news that the lead singer was arrested for putting a hit out on his own wife, I decided to look up the band and found this album. I bought it, gave it a listen and really liked it. The messages though seem to have fallen on deaf ears. Although the words were uplifting in the previous album, this one seems more like soul-searching. Regardless, this album has was got me int AILD in the first place. Excellent rythem sections, powerful, melodic sections with an enormous punch of good ol' fashioned screaming and harmonized chorus'. Excellent listen.
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Although As I Lay Dying received negative criticism for their album The Powerless Rise back in 2010, they added a refreshing spark of creativity with the release of Decas soon after. With Awakened, AILD's sound has been reproduced in a way to give the raw, powerful feel of the songs on earlier albums, while incorporating smooth, melodic diversity spread throughout.

"Cauterize" does not fail to confirm the AILD talent of providing an incredible album opener, setting the bar for how incredible the rest of the album will be. Songs "Resillience," and "Overcome" contain gripping melody coupled with powerful lyrics.

As always, As I Lay Dying continues to set a perfect example of musical awe to rising bands in the metal genre. This is definitely an album worth purchasing
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As I Lay Dying has created their best album to date by combining their two sides perfectly: screaming and singing. With their new style sounding a lot more like metalcore, they move away from mostly guttural growls and screams to more some clean choruses that really stick with their listeners. While many metal albums have a few good songs and then a fair amount of filler, this album has absolutely no filler. Every song is very good to great, making the whole album worth its purchase.

The lead track and first single, "Cauterize," is a great example of their new combination style by having Tim Lambesis scream the verses and have bassist Josh Gilbert sing the chorus. The only thing that doesn't make this song my number one favorite on the album is that the chorus is only one line repeated twice over. Had they even had it a two line chorus in which each line was different, then this would no doubt be my favorite. My favorite song on this album is the second track, "A Greater Foundation." They utilize the "double chorus" perfectly with one of them by Tim and the other by Josh. And the best part is that the first chorus (which is by Tim) contains mainly distinguishable lyrics. The hook is great in this song and really sticks to the listeners. After this, the next two songs are very heavy ("Resilience" and "Wasted Words"). The latter's intro is the heaviest on the album and likely has the most technical and crushing instrumentation that sounds a lot more like Lamb of God than As I Lay Dying (which is a compliment).

The rest of the songs, including the bonus track "Unwound," are no joke and fill this album out to the fullest. Songs like "No Lungs to Breathe," "My Only Home," and "Tear Out My Eyes" have excellent choruses that will get stuck in listeners heads for a while.
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