Frail Words Collapse: A Metalcore Masterpiece by As I Lay Dying
Frail Words Collapse is the second studio album by American metalcore band As I Lay Dying, released on July 1, 2003 by Metal Blade Records. The album features 12 tracks of intense and melodic metalcore, combining aggressive riffs, breakdowns, blast beats and soaring vocals. The album was produced by Evan White and Tim Lambesis, the band's vocalist and main songwriter.
The album received critical acclaim from fans and critics alike, who praised the band's technical skill, musical diversity and lyrical themes. The album also marked a significant improvement from the band's debut album Beneath the Encasing of Ashes, which was more influenced by hardcore punk and death metal. Frail Words Collapse showcases the band's signature sound, which blends elements of thrash metal, melodic death metal and Swedish metal.
Some of the highlights of the album include "94 Hours", a furious opener that deals with betrayal and forgiveness; "Forever", a catchy and emotional anthem that features guest vocals by Tommy Garcia of Please Mr. Gravedigger; "Collision", a fast-paced and brutal track that showcases the band's technical prowess; "Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier", a re-recorded version of a song from their debut album that features guest vocals by Johnny McBee of The Browning; and "Elegy", a complex and epic closer that features acoustic guitars, keyboards and orchestral arrangements.
Frail Words Collapse is widely considered as one of the best metalcore albums of all time, and a landmark in the genre. The album has sold over 250,000 copies in the US alone, and has influenced countless bands in the metalcore scene. The album is available for streaming and download in high-quality FLAC format on Qobuz, Bandcamp and Discogs.
Frail Words Collapse received positive reviews from critics and fans alike, who praised the band's musical maturity, technical skill and emotional intensity. The album was also a commercial success, peaking at number 30 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number 45 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. The album spawned two singles, "94 Hours" and "Forever", which received airplay on MTV2's Headbangers Ball and Fuse TV's Uranium. The band also toured extensively in support of the album, sharing stages with bands such as Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Lamb of God and In Flames.
Frail Words Collapse is widely regarded as a classic and influential album in the metalcore genre, and a milestone in the band's career. The album showcases the band's signature blend of melodic and aggressive metalcore, which would be further refined on their subsequent albums. The album also features some of the band's most memorable songs, such as "94 Hours", "Forever", "Collision" and "Elegy", which have become staples in their live setlist. Frail Words Collapse is a must-have for any fan of metalcore, and a testament to the band's talent and passion.