It’s been a rather turbulent couple of months for the remaining members of As I Lay Dying. Then again, not every band loses their lead singer to a jail sentence for hiring a hit-man. Even before then, there was a sense of a divide as shown in the back-and-forth interviews given by the former band members. Seems like a CSI/Law and Order episode to me. I’m going to be perfectly honest in that I was a little apprehensive hearing about this new project. As in As I Lay Dying, I was used to the hard edge of the vocals that Tim Lambesis brought and only have the soft vocals as an aside to that. There were various teasers of new material with the singer from Oh, Sleeper‘s Shane Blay and I decided to wait until a single came out to reserve judgment.
“All Rise” ushers in a new era for the former instrumental members of As I Lay Dying. The song itself is not without an edge. The dueling guitars between Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso still ring true supplemented with the drums of Jordan Mancino (complete with a mini-solo from Hipa). This band is definitely trying to reach a broader audience or even go as far to shed their heavy metal past. After all, this is a new band with a new singer. We have to wipe the slate clean, right?
The main thing that I feel from this song is that fans are going to complain that it lacks the punch of previous material — and for the most part, that’s true. Shane Blay’s vocals do complement the music well, but I can’t help but to feel that “All Rise” is just to test the waters. It definitely is not a bad thing — nor a bad song, but I need to hear the full composition of their self titled debut to formulate what I feel about Wovenwar. We know that this is definitely not As I Day Dying 2.0, nor should it be. There are definitely good foundations to the building, but I hope that the band fully explores their potential and fans can be fully receptive to it.