An Ocean Between Us

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An Ocean Between Us
Studio album by As I Lay Dying
Released August 21, 2007 (2007-08-21)
Recorded March 2007
Studio Lambesis Studio, San Marcos, CA
Genre Metalcore
Length 43:15
Label Metal Blade
Producer Adam 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
Singles from An Ocean Between Us
  1. "Nothing Left"
    Released: September 18, 2007[citation needed]
  2. "The Sound of Truth"
    Released: January 24, 2008[citation needed]
  3. "Within Destruction"
    Released: May 15, 2008[citation needed]
  4. "I Never Wanted"
    Released: May 9, 2009[citation needed]

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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 3.5/5 stars [2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [3] 8/10 stars link
Cross Rhythms 10/10 stars [4]
Exclaim! Mildly positive link
HM Magazine "best metal album this year"
PopMatters 7/10 stars [5]
Metal Underground 4.5/5 stars [6]
Imperiumi 8.5/10 stars[7]

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

Musical style[edit]

Guitarist Nick Hipa had the following to say regarding the direction of the album.[8]

"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."

— Nick Hipa

Vocalist Tim Lambesis also said the following regarding the album's direction.[9]

"(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."

— Tim Lambesis

Track listing[edit]

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

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


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

As I Lay Dying

  • Tim Lambesis – lead vocals, clean vocals on "Nothing Left" and "This Is Who We Are"
  • Nick Hipa – lead guitar, back up vocals on "Bury Us All"
  • Phil Sgrosso – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, piano, synthesizer
  • Jordan Mancino – drums

Additional musicians

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




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  2. ^ review
  3. ^ An Ocean Between Us at AllMusic
  4. ^ Cross Rhythms review
  5. ^ Pop Matters review
  6. ^ Metal Underground review
  7. ^ Tuomas Valtanen (2007-09-27). "Levyarviot: As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us". Imperiumi. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  8. ^, "AS I LAY DYING Guitarist Discusses Bassist's Departure" Archived May 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Posted May 5, 2007.
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  21. ^ "As I Lay Dying – Chart history" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for As I Lay Dying.
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