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'Decas' is a compilation, a sort of 10th anniversary thank you note to those who have stuck with As I Lay Dying over the years. It is a collection of remixes and covers that the band has enhanced by throwing in three new songs.


Rock, in whatever form, is one of the most adaptable, versatile and diverse genres in music. Most folk may consider rock music too loud/fast/dumb blah blah blah... but rockers can and often do turn it down while everyone else is unable to turn it up.

Better still, Metal mongers cannot be beaten when it comes to mixing things up a bit. Just ask Rammstein and Arkona. With 'Decas', I rest my case. As I Lay Dying may be a 'Metal core' outfit but the fact is the covers and remixes here show that they have hidden depths and capabilities.

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The covers, Slayer's 'War Ensemble', Priest's 'Hellion' And 'Electric Eye' and Descendent's 'Coffee Mug' are good but do not stray far from the template of the originals. The three new original tracks, 'Paralyzed', 'From Shapeless To Breakable' and 'Moving Forward' (so Americans do understand irony) open the album and are pretty standard AILD stuff that manage to avoid being overshadowed by the cover tracks by the skin of their teeth.

However, things become really interesting with the remixed versions of 'Beneath The Encasing Of Ashes', 'The Blinding Of False Light', 'Wrath Upon Ourselves', 'Confined' and 'Elegy' where the mixing of Metal, experimental and techno proves quite refreshing after the Metal assault of the first half of the album.

Overall 'Decas' is no bad album and does enough to interest most hardcore AILD fans, even if it might be just momentarily.

Mixing new stuff with cover tracks can be a double edged sword and I suspect the band have a few cut fingers after finishing this project but maybe now might be a good time to start pursuing more diversification because this album shows As I Lay Dying has some surprisingly creative hidden depths.

There is more than enough here to suggest that AILD is perfectly able to drag Metal core in general and itself in particular out of their collective doldrums if it cared enough to do so.





Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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