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As I Lay Dying - The Powerless Rise

Richard Cartey
Richard Cartey 13 May at 14.00
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A melodic metalcore behemoth...

Whether ‘The Powerless Rise’ should be commended for not kneeling at the weathered throne of deathcore, or condemned for remaining within the confines of metalcore, depends on the listener’s view on a band’s musical development. Either way, As I Lay Dying have created an album that is inarguably a melodic metalcore behemoth. The group’s heavy-with-hooks formula is brazenly conformed to but nevertheless provides massively appreciable moments – especially in the harmonious interplay between vocals and lead work as on ‘Anger And Apathy’. Though ‘The Powerless Rise’ only signifies progression within strict genre parameters, AILD have stuck to their guns with flair.

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