Review: As I Lay Dying – Decas

Rated:

3/5

Decas celebrates the 10-year anniversary of metalcore stalwarts As I Lay Dying. The EP contains three new songs, four covers, four remixes, and a re-recorded medley track. The new songs sound similar to those on the the band’s last full length release, The Powerless Rise: “Paralyzed” is filled with melodic guitar hooks, pummeling verses, and a soaring chorus. The one standout is “From Shapeless to Breakable,” which is a much less melodic, heavier, and quicker track, featuring blast beats and frenzied shredding. Of the covers, the band’s rendition of “War Ensemble” by always anti-religious speed-metal legends Slayer is particularly good (although slightly ironic coming from this vocally Christian band), as they reinvigorate the thrash standard with a new level of heaviness. The remixes, meanwhile, aren’t exactly noteworthy. The “Confined” remix, in particular, seems almost like a mockery of the band’s classic song, slowing its tempo and adding cheesy synths. Nevertheless, As I Lay Dying fans will enjoy the EP’s new material and covers. Happy 10th anniversary, guys. DAVID McKENNA


  • http://www.facebook.com/GenericNameForPeoplesSake Puck Crack

    I will more than likely still up the album up because I really enjoy the band and that 5 records later they can mature and still stay true to their roots. I’ll hold my reserves until I pick up Decas.

  • Anonymous

    I had a feeling the remixes wouldn’t be all that great. But everything else is great so I’m still picking this up day 1. 

  • Thrawn

    Extremely disappointed with this album. I didn’t even know they were making another so imagine how psyched I was to find out they were. That being said paralyzed was the only good song on it, thank god it’s free on iTunes. Metal and techno? Come on.. And redo”s of other band songs except with screaming? A Almost sounds like they just wanted to make some easy cash bc this album was a complete disappointment- and I’ve been a fan since they got started. Hopefully they come back strong in their next album bc honestly, listening to everything after the first 2 songs made me cringe.