An Ocean Between Us

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An Ocean Between Us
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 21, 2007 (2007-08-21)
RecordedMarch 2007
StudioLambesis Studio, San Marcos, California
LabelMetal Blade
ProducerAdam Dutkiewicz, As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying chronology
A Long March: The First Recordings
An Ocean Between Us
This Is Who We Are

An Ocean Between Us is the fourth studio album by American metalcore band As I Lay Dying, released on August 21, 2007, by Metal Blade Records. It debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, with sales close to 39,500.[1] The album includes the singles "Nothing Left", "The Sound of Truth", "Within Destruction", "I Never Wanted" and "An Ocean Between Us", with music videos produced for all five. "Nothing Left" appears on the radio soundtrack of the 2008 video game Saints Row 2.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Cross Rhythms[5]
Exclaim!Mildly positive[6]
HM Magazine"best metal album this year"
Metal Underground[8]

The record was released on August 21, 2007, to generally positive acclaim, peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard 200.

Musical style[edit]

The guitarist, Nick Hipa, said of the direction of the album, "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."[10]

The vocalist, Tim Lambesis, also said, "(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."[11]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Tim Lambesis; all music is composed by As I Lay Dying

1."Separation" (instrumental)1:15
2."Nothing Left"3:43
3."An Ocean Between Us"4:13
4."Within Destruction"3:54
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


Production and performance credits are adapted from the album liner notes.

As I Lay Dying [12]

Additional musicians

  • Josh Gilbert – bass, clean vocals on "An Ocean Between Us", "Forsaken", "I Never Wanted", "The Sound of Truth", "Wrath Upon Ourselves"
  • Chad Ackerman – backing vocals on "An Ocean Between Us", "Bury Us All"
  • Tommy Garcia – backing vocals on "Forsaken"
  • Duane Reed – backing vocals on "Forsaken"




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