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Shadows Are Security [CD/DVD]
     

Shadows Are Security [CD/DVD]

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by As I Lay Dying
 

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The third full-length from this California band finds vocalist Tim Lambesis and drummer Jordan Mancino the only remaining ties to the band that made 2003's Frail Words Collapse. Fans need not worry, though. The new recruits -- guitarists Phil Sgrosso and Nick Hipa and bass player Clint Norris -- have more than meshed with Lambesis and Mancino; they've helped

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The third full-length from this California band finds vocalist Tim Lambesis and drummer Jordan Mancino the only remaining ties to the band that made 2003's Frail Words Collapse. Fans need not worry, though. The new recruits -- guitarists Phil Sgrosso and Nick Hipa and bass player Clint Norris -- have more than meshed with Lambesis and Mancino; they've helped make As I Lay Dying a stronger band. Detractors have often noted the debt these earnest hardcore kids owe to Scandinavian metal and while comparisons to In Flames are still viable here, especially on album opener "Meaning in Tragedy," there are plenty of other elements peppering Lambesis and company's take on metalcore. If anything, Shadows Are Security sounds like a more American record, with songs like "Confined" and "Empty Hearts" bringing a strong thrash element into play, although no one will ever confuse As I Lay Dying with the revivalist neo-thrash of Three Inches of Blood. Elsewhere, there are riffs drawn straight from the late-'90s nu-metal canon ("Reflection") and emo choruses ("Losing Sight" and "Through Struggle") that would lead metal purists to call for an old-fashioned record burning. These are things that shouldn't work on a metal record, but As I Lay Dying have proven here that they can. It's that seamless incorporation of populist elements that has made them one of the more interesting metal-hardcore crossover bands. Some will consider Shadows Are Security too ambitious and arbitrary in its envelope pushing, but for others -- and there are plenty of them if the crowds at As I Lay Dying gigs are any indication -- this is one of the strongest releases of 2005. [The album was released in 2006 with the addition of a DVD which included videos for "The Darkest Nights," "Through Struggle" and "Confined" as well as a feature on the making of the album.]

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Release Date:
10/17/2006
Label:
Metal Blade
UPC:
0039841459128
catalogNumber:
14591

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Shadows Are Security 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I Lay Dying is definitely one of the best Death/ Metalcore bands around. This album is great from the first riff of Meaning in Tragedy to the last note of Illusions. I would recommend this album to anyone who likes amazing metal
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw them a few months ago herein Richmond, and was blown away. What was better was that they played both old favorites, and songs from the new album. It's every bit as good as I expected. I would recommend it to anyone who likes Metalcore in the vein of Killswitch Engage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I Lay Dying are one of the most best and brutal bands in the scene today, and "Shadows Are Security" is their masterpiece. So do yourself a favor and buy the first copy you see and blast it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love melodic riffs, meaningful lyrics, killer double bass, and amazing vocals, then this, my friend, is your album. As I Lay Dying is amazing. The End. Ps. If you like AILD, give a listen to Becoming The Archetype. They're just as amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this album. It is very similar to their previous album. Granted, most of their songs sound the same, but so do bands like Slayer. I really respect the musicality of the band and the passion of the vocalist. I also like the fact that they sing a tad bit more than in the previous album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the only cd worth headbanging to. enough said. confined is an absolutely amazing song as is illusions, and meaning in tragedy. also AILD adds some actually understandable vocals into some of their songs on this album which is a suprising and accepted new idea. all in all though, get it, pop it in your cd player, and be blown away.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really wasn't impressed by this album. every song sounds the same. i couldn't even tell when the track changed, Norris' words run together and the background guitar sounds the same in every song. also, every other band out there sounds like this now, and think that screaming and throwing in some heavy drums in the back is music. Give me something that's different from everything else coming out now, please. The only place worth hearing these guys is at a concert where you can be entertained by drunk people in a mosh pit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I havent even heard it yet but the songs that they played at the concert at the El torro in KC off the new CD were outragous and by far amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like to listen to music as much as the next person. If you like to hear what people are actually saying clearly (and it's not a bad thing if you don't, it's just my perferance) don't get this b/c the words are hard to understand. There is one song I do like and it's called "Control is Dead." When I lookd up the words online the lyrics were beautiful and began to fall into place. I won't be buying this album but it's not someting i would surpass if it was on the radiostation without giving it a full listen to again, and perhaps it will be my new favorite band. I just can't get past the screamo part of it. Listen to the album on here. I think it's a hit or miss.
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