Released: May 11, 2010
In a genre inundated with copycats and wannabes, you will consistently find As I Lay Dying around the top as a leader, not a follower. They are constantly raising the bar and setting the standard for the metalcore genre and it appears they have done it again. Three years after the release of An Ocean Between Us, As I Lay Dying have released what is sure to be another blockbuster album.
The Powerless Rise transcends An Ocean Between Us with increased aggressiveness and melody and should appeal to metalcore fans everywhere. The tracks are short, only one is over five minutes long, but they are full of brutal content that pounds your brain throughout the entire 44-minute album.
The Powerless Rise was released May 11, 2010 and debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200. The new album also marks the return of Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz at the production helm. Adam Dutkiewicz also handled production on An Ocean between Us.
The opening track, “Beyond Our Suffering,” comes at you full face as it absolutely destroys you with heavy drums, blazing riffs and perhaps the deepest growls you will ever hear from vocalist Tim Lambesis. It’s the shortest track at just under three minutes long, but one of the heaviest. If you haven’t been knocked out by the end of this track, there may be hope for you to survive this album.
Every track is great but my favorite, “Anodyne Sea,” smashes and thrashes your brain with Lambesis’ incredible vocal growls combined with bassist Josh Gilbert’s clean vocals, heavy double bass drums and pounding riffs with melodic guitar strewn in. The latter blistering fretwork from the fingers of Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrasso.
“The Plague” brings you more of Lambesis’ throaty growls and heavy drums as the band thrashes at blazing speeds making this another stand out.
“The Only Constant Is Change” is extremely brutal, featuring incredible growling combined with some of the heaviest drums on the album, courtesy of Jordan Mancino. If your ears aren’t bleeding by the time you reach this track, they should be by the end!
I believe “The Powerless Rise” is the best album As I Lay Dying have come out with to date, as they seem to be more aggressive than ever. Melodic content is well-timed and takes nothing away from the relentless brutality of this album. Metalcore has its leader again and we will see if the others can catch up.