As I Lay Dying, ‘Paralyzed’ – Song Review
Metalcore titans As I Lay Dying are celebrating their 10-year anniversary by releasing a rarities album titled 'Decas.' Set for a Nov. 8 release, 'Decas' will feature three new original songs, five remixes and four covers of songs by Slayer, Judas Priest and the Descendents. One of the original songs from the album is the just-released 'Paralyzed.'
'Paralyzed' is exactly what fans have come to expect from the band - palm-muted breakdowns, simple harmonies and aggressive vocals. One notable progression however is the inclusion of a fairly impressive guitar solo during the bridge. As I Lay Dying have always been a band who understood the sound they wanted to craft as their own, and its effectiveness has been proven time and time again.
The band has released a "lyric video" for 'Paralyzed' (watch below). The words of the song appear in a disjointed manner within a skull and a sea of skeletal remains, holding the viewers attention while keeping things simple. Lyrically, the song could be stronger, with a number of cliches throughout. Strangely, the best line of the song perfectly addresses its own weakness, "Delaying true progress with passivity."
Overall, 'Paralyzed' is what As I Lay Dying fans have always wanted from the band - an aggressive and catchy song that sticks to the formula the band knows best. Their fans will love it and they've been successful in making their voices heard for an entire decade.