It's pretty cool to see how they evolved from this to frail words collapse, and it's not that bad!!! How could you say the 12 songs are crappy!! D:
It's a good deal
By The Wak
Half the songs are terrible but the price is great. If you're gonna buy the good songs just get the whole album and like 12 songs are free
Now this album is just great I love it, the vocals have more of a power dry kinda sound and the guitar and drums and bass make this album just perfect maybe heavy for death core or black metal, the re-recorded songs on here are just on perfection! My mist definate favorite song from this album is probably the first Beneath the Encasing of Ashes, and second fav is Renveintion bye this album and you'll be glad you have it
By Music Phanactical
Who would have guessed that As I lay Dying began as a rip-off of zao? Now look where they are! This album is ok (certainly very heavy) but it's nothing compared to their other stuff, check it out and compare it.
P.S.: OBOWMAN that isn't even qualified to be an insult, how can you compare these guys to the backstreet boys? Go listen to all that styx or megadeth or whatever you call metal.
What started it all
If I'm not mistaken, these first recordings, as raw and harsh as it sounds, was recorded solely by Tim Lambesis and Jordan Mancino, before they had the money and resources they do today, so I do give it credibility for that. The reason I give it five stars is that if it weren't for these few recordings and a great leap of musical faith, we wouldn't have the AILD we headbang to today. These songs are truly for the diehard AILD fan, and I even admit to not liking a number of them, so my advice if you do buy, expect a bit of a different sound, including Tim's earlier vocalization technique, which will throw many.
im not sure why i got this album...
i just thought it would complete my collection. (best band ever!). anyway its actually better and cleaner than i thought. tim screams with a lot more grit than before. and sure, some songs are bad. but the best song on the whole thing is reinvention. it sounds actually more like a shadows are security type song than a frail words collapse song. with the whole album at 9.99, this is well worth it.
Lets set this straight
Most of these songs are THE original recordings from when AILD was a new band in 2001, 2002 time frame and are from their first two albums which are NOT on iTunes. The American Tragedy - EP and Beneath the Encasing of Ashes are the names of their first two albums. They have come a long way since then and I have to admit some of the songs are not very good when it comes to the vocales. They did an excelent job on the Re-Recorded versions of the songs and overall, I think this is a great album for AILD.
It was alright.
This album was alright, definintely not the best. The old As I Lay Dying sounds like Zao. By far this is not their best album.
I've read some mixed reviews about this album, and personally 22 songs are a good deal for 10 bucks, but I don't really like a lot of the songs. AILD didn't release those albums for a reason so why they did, I don't know. They sound like they have no clue what their sound is and it lacks because of it. I'd prefer to stay far away from this album if you're in love with any of their other albums, however if you like bands that really have no distinction between other bands, and you don't care about technicality, this is for you.
Oh and to Balsagoth, Metal isn't the devil's music, the devil's music is the devil's music. You're an a*****e and an idiot.
The very spine of AILD
I was completely astounded by this album. These were the first songs that AILD put out. It's what they as a band grew from, basically. The songs that aren't re-recorded have a very raw and brutal sound to them---and the vocals resemble those of death-metal. I was impressed. The Re-recorded songs are excellently done, and their more current albums do not surpass them.
The only song I had heard before buying this album was "Forever," thus I wasn't really familiar with any of the songs (re-recorded or not.) Awesome CD for the As I Lay Dying fan... it might also be a good CD for non-AILD fans to look into, because the older stuff sounds much different.
The length of the songs isn't a problem unless you hear them out of order, because most of the short ones blend in with the following.