Sound — 9
"Shadows Are Security" is the 3rd album from As I Lay Dying, and it has clearly evolved in sound and musicianship. Although in my opinion, "Frail Words Collapse" was there hardest sounding album, "Shadows Are Security" is high ranked in my book. From it's hardcore opener "Meaning In Tragedy", it's drum-pounding "Confined" to it's melodic "The Darkest Nights", this album is booming with a professional and mature sound, but A.I.L.D. still keeps it's metal roots alive with this CD.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics remain the same writing style A.I.L.D. has kept over the years, but they've chosen to add dark twists and turns to them. Frontman Tim Lambesis drives at each set of lyrics with ear crushing growling/screaming. For fans new to A.I.L.D., it may be hard to understand the lyrics, but you get used to it quickly and soon you may even find yourself growling along with Lambesis. Bassist Clint Norris takes care of the melodic singing, which accents the twin guitar lines very nicely. A.I.L.D. writes from the heart, and it cleary shows.
Overall Impression — 10
Some of the songs that really stand out from this album are "Confined", "The Darkest Nights", "Remembering Yesterday" and "Empty Hearts". My overall impression? It's a solid album and I would advise someone who hasn't tasted As I Lay Dying yet to start off with this album.