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Shadows Are Security by As I Lay Dying is about as in your face as metal core can get. The riffs are brilliant and are probably one of the best things about the band. The drumming is also excellent, the drummer sounds like an absolute machine throughout.
I have some problems with this album, it isnt exactly something new. It is pretty much similar to any other metalcore band, they just do it really well. Tim Lambesis' vocals are quite simple and monotonal, it adds to the brutality of the music well but has little range. Also the songs are all quite similar to each other. Over time I have become quite tired of it.
Aside from this it is definantly worth checking out, especially if you like metalcore because it rarely gets better than this.
Meaning In Tragedy has the power to stay in my head for many days.
The clean singing also brings something more to the band, but the screamed verse, sung chorus gets a bit repetative.
Released by: METAL BLADE, 2005
This is American Metalcore outfit, As I Lay Dying's, third consecutive album which promises to cross new boundaries and push the metalcore scene forward to new heights.
Album Cover Design: As always, following a trend of dark and gloomy elements, this sleeve portrays a mysterious skull hiding behind the shadows of a crescent moon, which incorporates some modern grunge splatter brushing and texture effects, by artist and designer Jacob Bannon.
Album Packaging: Great inlay and presentation.
As 'Shadows Are Security' kicked off with 'Meaning In Tragedy'. my first impressions were clear from the outset - this album would prove to be something special and something new for the genre which was currently slowly dying.
My overall opinion of the album - Tim Lambesis' vocals were nothing but extreme and in-your-face it helped stamped out a signature faultless and assimiliated masterpeice with melodic and brutal backing vocalist Clint Norris and guest Dave Arthur. This melodic metalcore album is nothing short of everything a fan of the genre looks for in a release, which delivers a collection of true energetic metalcore anthems.
Technical aspects of the album...
Sound Production Rating: 8/10
Album Originality Rating: 8/10
Quality Consistency Rating: 8/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Guitar Rating: 9/10
Bass Rating: 8/10
Drum Rating: 8/10
Vocal Rating: 10/10
Overall Rating: 9/10
Ratings: 1-2 Dire, 3-4 Mediocre, 5-6 Standard, 7-8 Good, 9-10 Excellent.
The album promises to deliver: everything a fan of melodic metalcore would enjoy.
Who might be interested in this album? Fans of; Unearth, Bullet For My Valentine, All That Remains, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, Avenged Sevenfold, Still Remains, In Flames, Shadows Fall, At The Gates.
Album track list:
1. "Meaning In Tragedy" - 3:13
2. "Confined" - 3:12
3. "Losing Sight" - 3:24
4. "The Darkest Nights" - 3:52
5. "Empty Hearts" - 2:49
6. "Reflection" - 3:12
7. "Repeating Yesterday" - 4:02
8. "Through Struggle" - 3:59
9. "The Truth of My Perception" - 3:06
10. "Control is Dead" - 2:56
11. "Morning Waits" - 3:56
12. "Illusions" - 5:48
Recommended tracks; "Meaning In Tragedy", "Confined", "The Darkest Nights", "Through Struggle"
Number of listens so far: over 20
Album conclusion - excellent melodic metalcore album, support by great artwork and lyrics from one of the genres up-and-coming talents.
Is it value for money? Yes, this is a real quality album and worth buying for any fan of As I Lay Dying and melodic metal.
Online retailers that I recommend that you buy the album from if you like this review - Play.com and Amazon.co.uk
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Meaning In Tragedy
3 Losing Sight
4 Darkest Nights
5 Empty Hearts
7 Repeating Yesterday
8 Through Struggle
9 Truth Of My Perception
10 Control Is Dead
11 Morning Waits