Titans, yes I said fucking TITANS of modern metal As I Lay Dying have been around for ten years! To celebrate and give back to their fans they have released “Decas”, a compilation album of sorts. It contains four covers, three original songs, a re-recording, and four remixes.
Let’s get into the original songs first, shall we? They are “Paralyzed”, “From Shapeless to Breakable”, and “Moving Forward.” The AILD sound has come a long way over the years and these songs are great examples of that. Me and Justin both loved their last album (The Powerless Rise) because it was so intense and heavy, while still being melodic. These songs are continuing on that path and the band shows no signs of letting up. From the moment Paralyzed kicks in with the lead guitar riff and pounding beat behind vocalist and mastermind Tim Lambesis’s screams you know AILD has only gotten better. The same goes for From Shapeless to Breakable and Moving Forward, this is a band that has grown over the years and now has a perfect lineup for their sound. Speaking of their sound, doesn’t bassist/vocalist Josh Gilbert provide the perfect clean vocals for the band? He fits in perfectly on the choruses and is fitting to every song he takes part in. But my favorite part of these three songs is the moment the pace picks up in Moving Forward. I can see guitarists Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso ripping into that part and a wild circle pit opening.
Onto the covers now. Must admit…I was a little surprised when I saw they were going to cover War Ensemble(Slayer) and The Hellion/Electric Eye(Judas Priest). I thought that maybe War would be to fast for the band while TH/EE would have been to melodic for them. I was wrong. These are as agood as metal covers as you could ever want to hear. Lambesis just rips through War like it was his own. I was really concerned with TH/EE more though. It seemed way to far off of the bands style for them to be able to cover it. I was wrong…so fucking wrong. It might be my favorite Judas Priest cover of all time. Lambesis and Gilbert trading off on vocals throughout the entire song is impressive and something I hope that they can do more of in the future. The cover off The Descendents song “Coffee Mug” is another good one. It’s only forty seconds but it’s full of punk rock fun.
Onto the techno remixes, yeah I don’t care about them either.
Every damn song on here is great in it’s own way. A fan of the genre will like it and a fan of the band for sure will love it.