An Ocean Between Us

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An Ocean Between Us
Studio album by As I Lay Dying
Released August 21, 2007
Recorded March 2007
Genre Metalcore
Length 43:15
Label Metal Blade
Producer Adam Dutkiewicz, Tim Lambesis
As I Lay Dying chronology
A Long March: The First Recordings
(2006)
An Ocean Between Us
(2007)
This Is Who We Are
(2009)
Singles from An Ocean Between Us
  1. "Nothing Left"
    Released: September 18, 2007
  2. "The Sound of Truth"
    Released: January 24, 2008
  3. "Within Destruction"
    Released: May 15, 2008
  4. "I Never Wanted"
    Released: May 9, 2009

An Ocean Between Us is the fourth album by American metalcore band As I Lay Dying. The album was released on August 21, 2007 through Metal Blade Records. Upon its release, it debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200, with sales close to 39,500.[1] The album features singles "Nothing Left", "The Sound of Truth", "Within Destruction" and "I Never Wanted", with music videos produced for all four.

Musical style[edit]

Guitarist Nick Hipa had the following to say regarding the direction of the album.[2]

"Collectively we've all pushed ourselves, and we're all doing things that we weren't even capable of doing on the last record. And on top of just experimenting and trying different things, I think we just wrote some pretty sick jams, so I'm happy with it. That's all I can say. For kids who like our band and think they know what to expect from us, it might throw them off a little bit . . . I encourage anybody who likes our band to approach this album with an open mind."

Vocalist Tim Lambesis also said the following regarding the album's direction.[3]

"(We) spent some time listening to our last album [2005's Shadows Are Security] and, just from being on tour, we became a little bit jaded by how the genre — as a whole — has sort of copied itself over and over again.

We decided we wanted to be more diverse, even down to the point where we sort of felt like we should really focus on writing songs in different categories, and then pick the best songs from those categories and use them for the record."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Separation" (Instrumental) 1:15
2. "Nothing Left"   3:43
3. "An Ocean Between Us"   4:13
4. "Within Destruction"   3:54
5. "Forsaken"   5:18
6. "Comfort Betrays"   2:50
7. "I Never Wanted"   4:44
8. "Bury Us All"   2:23
9. "The Sound of Truth"   4:20
10. "Departed" (Instrumental) 1:40
11. "Wrath Upon Ourselves"   4:01
12. "This Is Who We Are"   4:54
Total length:
43:15

Reception[edit]

The record was released on August 21, 2007 to generally positive acclaim, peaking at #8 on the Billboard 200.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars [4]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [5]
Blabbermouth.net 8/10 stars link
Cross Rhythms 10/10 stars [6]
Exclaim! Mildly positive link
HM Magazine "best metal album this year"
PopMatters 7/10 stars [7]
Metal Underground 4.5/5 stars [8]
Imperiumi 8.5/10 stars[9]

Personnel[edit]

As I Lay Dying
Additional Musicians
Production
  • Produced by Adam Dutkiewicz and Tim Lambesis
  • Assisted by Daniel Castleman
  • Mixed by Colin Richardson, except Departed mixed by Daniel Castleman
  • Mix Engineer: Matt Hyde
  • Guitar re-amping by Andy Sneap
  • Mastered by Ten Jensen at Sterling Sound
  • Artwork and layout by Jacob Bannon

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
2007 Billboard 200 8
2007 Japanese Albums Chart[10] 154

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