An Ocean Between Us

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
As I Lay Dying offer album number four with new bassist Josh Gilbert, who replaces Clint Norris (who left to get married and settle down). An Ocean Between Us offers several new aspects in the band's sound: the churning hardcore is still very much at the center of the band's sound, as are the twin lead guitars of Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso. Tim Lambesis is still the growling, razorbladed behemoth he always was, but Gilbert now offers melodic vocals on some choruses, effectively widening the band's reach even if it takes fans a while to get used to it. "Forsaken" will probably be the greatest shock, with its purely melodic, even majestic classic metal intro. The fury comes, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
As I Lay Dying offer album number four with new bassist Josh Gilbert, who replaces Clint Norris (who left to get married and settle down). An Ocean Between Us offers several new aspects in the band's sound: the churning hardcore is still very much at the center of the band's sound, as are the twin lead guitars of Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso. Tim Lambesis is still the growling, razorbladed behemoth he always was, but Gilbert now offers melodic vocals on some choruses, effectively widening the band's reach even if it takes fans a while to get used to it. "Forsaken" will probably be the greatest shock, with its purely melodic, even majestic classic metal intro. The fury comes, to be sure, but not until a full minute in, and the opening riffs sound like outtakes from Metallica's Ride the Lightning LP -- by the time of the chorus, with Gilbert singing melodically, the listener will wonder whose record is on the spinner. There are far more trademark moments on the set as well, such as the title cut, which begins at 95-mph and ramps up to 120 and is pure pummeling power. "Wrath Upon Ourselves" will delight the faithful as well with its knotty stomp-and-start fury -- though the choruses, with the same kinds of melodic vocals, may disturb some. Change is inevitable in music as well as in everything else. The elements that made As I Lay Dying such a successful thrashing metallic unit are still in place; they are the marrow in the band's sound. These new developments reveal one thing: As I Lay Dying's members understand that progress is necessary for satisfaction and survival. The writing for this recording is an entire notch up -- more sophisticated yet utterly unpretentious -- and this new textural element in their sound feels natural and welcome.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2007
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • UPC: 039841463224
  • Catalog Number: 14632
  • Sales rank: 45,373

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Separation (1:15)
  2. 2 Nothing Left (3:43)
  3. 3 An Ocean Between Us (4:13)
  4. 4 Within Destruction (3:54)
  5. 5 Forsaken (5:18)
  6. 6 Comfort Betrays (2:50)
  7. 7 I Never Wanted (4:44)
  8. 8 Bury Us All (2:23)
  9. 9 The Sound of Truth (4:20)
  10. 10 Departed (1:40)
  11. 11 Wrath Upon Ourselves (4:01)
  12. 12 This Is Who We Are (4:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
As I Lay Dying Primary Artist
Tim Lambesis Vocals, Group Member
Tommy Garcia Background Vocals
Duane Reed Background Vocals
Jordan Mancino Drums, Group Member
Phil Sgrosso Vocals, Group Member
Nick Hipa Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Josh Gilbert Vocals
Technical Credits
Vaughn Lewis Management
Ten Jensen Mastering
Adam Dutkiewicz Producer
As I Lay Dying Composer
Kenny Gabor Management
Jacob Bannon Artwork
Phil Sgrosso Synthesizer Engineer, Piano Engineer
Josh Gilbert Bass Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Sounds

    A really good performance. All the songs on this CD are definitely worth listening to and adding to your collection. If you like bands like Project86 you will enjoy this CD. There are some elements to the songs that make the metal more accessible to new fans of the genre. Great music overall, hard-core fans of the metal genre may find it a bit predictable here and there, but Jordan Mancino (on drums) adds a style that is just enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow

    I am normally not a fan of the all screamin kind of bands but for some reason i like As I Lay Dying. Their new cd "Ocean Between Us" is another step in the right direction. The cd starts out with a Ride The Lightning esque intro and just keeps it rollin from there, every song is just an attack on the ears of twin guitars and double bass drum!!! Then towards the end on the tenth song there is a very nice guitar instrumental that calms you down right before ending with two more very powerful songs. The screaming is still there but a little bit more singing comes through on this cd to. Great cd for a fan of metal!

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