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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
"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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great one. I hate what has happened to this band as a whole. Still one of my favorites.Published 6 months ago by Garrett
Amazing songs and incredible shredding from Nick ...best songs in my opinion: Whispering Silence, No lungs... etc, Defender...wow, wow wow... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Masan
AILD had a killer start and some where along the way fell on to the usual cookie cutter wagon as the rest of these bands have done lately! Read morePublished 19 months ago by tenman
In spite of the legal drama surrounding lead vocalist Tim Lambesis over the past year, I'm still a huge fan of As I Lay Dying's music, and this album is no exception. Read morePublished 19 months ago by everetta117
I really tried to like this, gave it a few spins, could never make it all the way through the whole album though. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rich Latta
I haven't heard an album this good in a long time. This is easily their best effort, and is better than cassia albums from other bands, like Messengers by August Burns Red, or... Read morePublished 23 months ago by mschapman7