It seems like Metalcore is taking over as the next big thing. Things have come a long way in just a few short years. The production on these recordings get better every time and the bands are getting better as well. AS I LAY DYING is no exception. These kids waste no time in levelling all that is in their way.
Vicious Metalcore vocals are layered on nicely over the malicious musicianship that also contains plenty of melody to balance everything out. The drums pummel the senses while the twin guitar work not only shred your ears, but provide some killer sweet melodies all wrapped up into one like the Swedish Metal scene. You get the best of both worlds here by combining the Metalcore scene of the U.S. with some Swedish influences and what you end up here is one sweet album.
While Metalcore is not my thing, I can appreciate a good thing when I hear it. The songs are short, but very lethal. The songs are catchy, yet they are far from wimpy. There is no sense of commercialism in sight here. This is still lethal enough music to create a mosh pit out of. Crunching riffs along with serious drumming makes for one killer album. The sure fire hit of the summer. (Online September 22, 2003)