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Already a familiar name on the 'New American Metal Circuit' As I Lay Dying will unleash their sophomore release 'Shadows are Security' through Metal Blade/Stomp. Following from their critically acclaimed debut 'Frail Words Collapse' As I Lay Dying are shaping up to be a real contender for the 'un diluted' metal crown. 2005.

1. Meaning in Tragedy
2. Confined
3. Losing Sight
4. The Darkest Nights
5. Empty Hearts
6. Reflection
7. Repeating Yesteday
8. Through Struggle
9. The Truth of My Perception
10. Control is Dead
11. Morning Waits
12. Illusions

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 14, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B0009FHKPO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Justin Kochenour on July 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PAMetalFAN on July 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By taltoris on June 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BLIND EYE HALO on June 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Al on June 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
i have been waiting a while for AILD to make a new album, and coming from Frail Worlds Collapse, they have a challenge to meet. But they met this challenge and kicked its ass. The tracks on this cd are incredible. Vocals are less screamy now and the drums keep getting heavier. I CANT STOP LISTENING TO THIS CD! i highly recommend this to any metal fan.

Al
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Iron Summit E-Zine on July 3, 2005
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Alright so I guess it goes without saying that metalcore has pretty much become the new "nu-metal," not only does the term pretty much get slapped onto everything thats remotely considered to be aggressive music but its just about as absurd of a term as your going to find to describe any sort of music because its essentially lost all meaning...just like nu-metal did.

To get to the album though, Shadows Are Security is basically an album that just feels like a natural progression for As I Lay Dying. They trimmed a lot of the "fat" off their songs and stripped their sound down. There's an advantage to this and a disadvantage. The advantage of course is that everything feels much tighter on the album from the guitar work to the drumming. The disadvantage of course is that the density of the songs on Frail Words Collapse is no longer there. Tim Lambesis' vocal approach has been scaled down to a basic growl whereas he sounded like a machine on Frail Words Collapse. Theirs more use of clean vocals as well. I will say however that the guitar work collectively is much stronger and reinforces their melodic stylings found on previous tracks like "The Beginning" more than anything. The few guitar solos found on the album are actually real guitar solos, not just quick little leads, which is nice as well. In all truth, however, any complaint about this album is very much a minor complaint in the full scope of the album because regardless, you still know this is As I Lay Dying and it's written really well, even if their are a ton of bands playing the same style. Highlight tracks include "Meaning In Tragedy," "Confined," and "Through Struggle." No sense in going for the imitators, go to the top which is where this album sits in the "metalcore" world in my opinion.
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Yes. If you watch any interviews with the band or their front man Tim Lambesis he talks about their affinity with God and Jesus Christ and how he has helped them through all their struggles. A lot of the songs lyrics are dedicated to god and they do claim to be a christian band. I hope that... Read More
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