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A Long March - As I Lay Dying

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Hardcore / Artist: As I Lay Dying / Audio CD released 2007-01-01 at Metalblade

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      29.01.2008 01:04
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      Collects 'Beneath the Encasing of Ashes' and the split E.P., with re-recordings (2006).

      This was quite a painful album to listen to, partly due to the lower quality production on the earlier recordings but mainly because I can't stand metalcore and hardcore bands. But they have fans out there, and As I Lay Dying have generously cashed in on - wait, I mean re-released their rare early material in a more convenient form for the album charts.

      Despite my slight bitterness, I actually always think it's a good idea to keep older material commercially available, and this album collects the band's 2001 debut 'Beneath the Encasing of Ashes' together with their songs from the split E.P. with American Tragedy, which are inexplicably re-recorded in a more polished and higher budget version to open the album, presumably because the young fans would be scared away if confronted with something inferior to chart sound quality. I hate those people.

      None of this material is particularly great, but the original album is good if you're into that sort of thing, and takes a satisfyingly more methodical and experimental approach compared to the unanimously harsh re-recordings at the start, where Tim Lambesis performs everything in a distorted hardcore scream no matter what the context. There are some melodic guitar moments that don't feel forced but the riffs are mainly fairly basic and routine, and each song is afforded a convenient breakdown within its short playing time, some coming in at less than two minutes but not really making a lasting impression. With the machine gun drums and distorted outbursts, this is annoyingly reminiscent of Slipknot and other yoof angst bands, and although it's nice for the fans to finally possess these albums at a reasonable cost, I wouldn't recommend them to anyone else.

      1. Illusions (re-recorded)
      2. The Beginning (re-recorded)
      3. Reinvention (re-recorded)
      4. The Pain of Separation (re-recorded)
      5. Forever (re-recorded)
      6. Beneath the Encasing of Ashes
      7. Torn Within
      8. Forced to Die
      9. A Breath in the Eyes of Eternity
      10. Blood Turned to Tears
      11. The Voices That Betray Me
      12. When This World Fades
      13. A Long March
      14. Surrounded
      15. Refined by Your Embrace
      16. The Innocence Spilled
      17. Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier
      18. Illusions
      19. The Beginning
      20. Reinvention
      21. The Pain of Separation
      22. Forever

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Illusions
      2 Beginning
      3 Reinvention
      4 Pain Of Seperation
      5 Forever
      6 Beneath The Encasing Of Ashes
      7 Torn Within
      8 Forced To Die
      9 Breath In The Eyes Of Eternity
      10 Blood Turned To Tears
      11 Voices That Betray Me
      12 When This World Fades
      13 Surrounded
      14 Long March
      15 Refined By Your Embrace
      16 Innocence Spilled
      17 Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier
      18 Illusions
      19 Beginning
      20 Reinvention
      21 Pain Of Seperation
      22 Foreve

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