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As I Lay Dying: Frail Words CollapseFrail Words Collapse (2003)
Metal Blade Records
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: ForgottenFaceForgottenFace
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It seems these days that the boundary between metal and hardcore is becoming more and more blurry. There are still hardcore bands, like Sick of It All, and there are still metal bands, like Metallica. Both styles are unique in their own ways. Hardcore has louder vocals and usually a main singer w.
It seems these days that the boundary between metal and hardcore is becoming more and more blurry. There are still hardcore bands, like Sick of It All, and there are still metal bands, like Metallica. Both styles are unique in their own ways. Hardcore has louder vocals and usually a main singer with little back up. Metal is generally characterized by much more intricate music, with loud guitar riffs and strong vocals. However, it seems like recently a new genre of music has been created and growing in support and interest. This new genre has been called simply metalcore and, as you probably have guessed, is a blend between the two music styles. A couple of the best metalcore bands I can think of are Atreyu and Every Time I Die. Both bands show strong influences from both genres, and use them to create their own brand of music.
“Forever your eyes will hold the memory I saw your heart as it overtook me We tried so hard to understand and reason But in that one moment I gave my heart away That perfect breath where my mind lay beside me And all I knew was what had overtaken me With no explanation I am comforted by inability to understand When I wake from this dream will you still be here Will your smile still open my heart And leave me transparent?”What makes this song so unique from the rest is that it actually incorporates singing, although in a backup role. For the majority of the song the music is really hard, with ripping guitar riffs and piercing screaming. However at the end of the chorus the line “I gave my heart away” is sung in a very soft, very melodic kind of way. The person who sings this sounds very similar to Francis Mark of From Autumn to Ashes. His voice creates a contrast between the singing and the screaming, and makes for one hell of a song. “Forever” also has a breakdown, common in metal music. All of a sudden the screaming and the guitar stops, and everything slows down. When it speeds back up we are greeted with screaming once again. The lead singer (screamer) has a very harsh sounding voice, which makes everything sound that much better.
For the remainder of the CD, the songs sound very similar to the first three, which is quite common in the metalcore genre. Although the music can get kind of repetitive, this is still a wicked cd that I strongly recommend checking out. One other standout song is called “Distance is Darkness” and, like “Forever,” features some singing to go along with the screaming. Please note that there is very limited singing on this CD, so if you don’t like screaming don’t bother listening to it.
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