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As I Lay Dying - Frail Words Collapse
01. 94 Hours
02. Falling Upon Deaf Ears
03. Forever
04. Collision
05. Distance is Darkness
06. Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier
07. Undefined
08. A Thousand Steps
09. The Beginning
10. Song 10
11. The Pain of Separation
12. Elegy
2003 Metal Blade Records

OUR SCORE
7
Reviewed by: Graham Landers   //   Published: 6/23/2003

Historically speaking, there’s something very wrong with Metal Blade putting out a metalcore record. For years, this label has prided itself on releasing some of the most "metal" records you’ll ever hear. They might not be my cup o’ tea, but its integrity was always firm and intact. As I Lay Dying is a step in a new direction for the label and it's surprising that it took this long for one of the world’s first metal labels to explore the potential of this genre.

This release features twelve blistering tracks of Christian-tainted metalcore that at times seem better fit for release on Solid State rather than Metal Blade. If there is one thing to be said about As I Lay Dying’s "Frail Words Collapse," it’s that this is one of the more over-produced records of the year. Particularly blatant are the drums, which are far too triggered, leaving you wondering if you are listening to popcorn pop, or, the pounding mid-paced bass drum kicking prominently throughout the entire record.

The best way to describe As I lay Dying’s sound is imagine Hopesfall and Killswitch Engage collaborating (minus the clean singing) on a record with some metal session musicians. The outcome could possibly be what you hear on this album. Gratuitous comparisons aside, As I Lay Dying are just enough of what I like in metalcore to keep me interested and eagerly awaiting their next move. With a more live-sounding recording, these guys could easily have what it takes to write a stellar record. Although not found within these twelve tracks, I have high hopes for this band and look forward to our next meeting, be it a new album or live show.

Bottom Line: If what you yearn for is typical Metal Blade Records fare, then "Frail Words Collapse" is not what you are looking for. But, if Killswitch Engage-styled metal/hardcore is your joint, by all means, dive into the pit for this one.

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KevinJordan_   posted 5/5/2009 12:42:22 PM
One of the first Metal records I ever listened to! Amazing! And if you don't know what triggers are, stfu!
She_Stopped_Time_   posted 3/1/2007 11:30:01 AM
Who ever wrote this review doesn't know what they are talking about. This record is a 10/10. I don't like anything that came out after this, to me the new shit is a waiste of time. But, this album changed my life. this is the album that made me think that chaos was so great. In songs "the Pain of Seperation" and "Distance is Darkness" it is completely chaotic yet there is some controlled sense there (mainly because they play it really tight). This is a great album and if you don't know or own th
RyanATF_   posted 1/22/2007 12:30:06 PM
Listen to Tomorrows End instead.
RyanATF_   posted 1/22/2007 12:29:41 PM
f*ck this fake ass trigger-using band.

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