As Cities Burn - Come Now Sleep
The wait is finally over. On August 14, 2007 As Cities Burn will finally release the long awaited sophomore album and follow up to Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest. Come Now Sleep will finally hit stores, and mailboxes across the US. As it has been said many times over and over again, it's very hard to try and surpass a hit debut record. You come in to the studio, knowin you have to outdo yourself, and thats so difficult to do for most artists, As Cities Burn is no exception. I think they will loose a couple of fans with this release because it goes into a whole new type of style. There really isn't anymore screaming, which doesn't give this band the hardcore feel that they were known for back in 2005. Let me tell you this now, most of the people who will brush off As Cities Burn because of this album, are letting go of a very promising band. While they dont give the hardcore style anymore, they still continue to deliver in all of their songs. The christian roots are here more than ever, it's clearly shown in their first track off of the album, Contact, and carried over throughout their entire album. There hasn't been word of what the first single off the album would be, but I would hope it was either Empire or The Hoard.
All of the musical elements found in Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest are still here. Cody's voice is still the amazing voice that was found in the past when he served as a backup vocalist for As Cities Burn. There are plenty of christian themes throughout this album, which is obviously heard and are spread cleverly through the CD. It's not enough to brainwash the listener, or even think about their religion or question it. It's just there for lyrical preference. This albums lyrics are beautiful, it proves that this band can proceed without TJ there, and they can proceed strong.
'son, this is it, this is it
you're gonna sink for your sins
unless grace be the wind'
-This Is it, This Is It
The song Clouds will really speak out to you, because if you listen closely to the people speaking, they are all speaking of god. Some are questioning god, while others are wondering what god really is. The one thing that stood out to me during this song was the man in the background saying 'If there was a god, I would imagine he would make his presence known...' And thats where I will stop with the talk of religion.
So in an overview, this album lives up to the hype the followed it. It's an amazing album that is completely solid. Real As Cities Burn fans are going to enjoy this album, and won't care that the style was switched up, they will see the real beauty within the music and love this album as much as Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest. Pick this album up when it hits stores on August 14th, but if you cannot wait that long, then stream the entire album for free on myspace.
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on 2007-08-08 hstisgod Said:
TErrific review...Looking forward to this record if I can find it at a value.