As I Lay Dying comes back at us full force with their own version of some in your face metalcore, and trust me, these guys know how to bring it. The Powerless Rise, AILD’s fourth record on Metal Blade Records, sees Tim Lambesis and company coming at you in a way that not many Christian bands can. They don’t preach at you. And they certainly don’t make you feel like you are sitting in the local church.
The Powerless Rise lets you know that life is full of deception, discontent, and negativity, just to name a few. But it also gives you that glimmer of hope, albeit in a screaming, growling manner that any true metalhead will enjoy.
If track titles such as “Beyond Our Suffering”, “Anger and Apathy”, “Condemned”, and “Upside Down Kingdom” don’t give you a taste of what’s to come on the disc, then lyrics like ‘In my convictions I’ve found my own grave, but amongst the dead we all fade away,’ off of “Anodyne Sea” or ‘In looking to the end we’ve lost sight of where to begin,’ from “Without Conclusion” give you a bit of an idea of what to expect.
Musically, AILD is awesome in the sense that they don’t try too hard. By that I mean they don’t try to reinvent the wheel. They break your head open when it needs to be done, and they know when to let up and take the more melodic approach when the moment calls for it. And there are more than enough solos and double pedal drumming to bang your skull to.
So to wrap it up, if you’re a fan of As I Lay Dying, you’ll only continue to like them even more after listening to The Powerless Rise. If you’ve never listened to them before, do yourself a favor and grab this disc and don’t turn it off for a long time.