As I Lay Dying - Powerless Rise
Metal Blade Records
Similar to their approach on 2007's Grammy-nominated An Ocean Between Us, As I Lay Dying chose to employ the production prowess of Adam D. and record a majority of 2010's The Powerless Rise at singer Tim Lambesis own private studio. Although they didn't know it at first, the bands creative potential kicked into overdrive with the introduction of bassist/singer Josh Gilbert in 2007, who played on Ocean but was not involved with the writing. For the previous two albums, the brunt of the instrumental development was spearheaded by guitarist Phil Sgrosso, whose penchant for melody and riff-conjuring suited the notoriously powerful drum stylings of drummer Jordan Mancino, complimented the lead guitar work of Nick Hipa, and exacted Lambesis's vision for the bands' overall intensity. The aforementioned format remained the same on Powerless but with the addition of Gilbert's musical contribution, added yet another facet to an already established creative dynamic. The result is an album built upon the strength of it's parts and the remarkable ways in which those parts become a cohesive whole.