THE DEAD LAY WAITING
Forging the pathway from the time of 'We Rise', the Swindon crew The Dead Lay Waiting abseil the next level of Modern Metal to envelop listeners with a harder, more brutal and technical sound, the sound of being in 'Almost Heaven'. Having been nominated for 'Best Newcomer' for the Kerrang awards and 'Best UK underground band' for the Metal Hammer Golden Gods as well as taking over Scuzz in sick, slick and tantalizing style and playing at Download 2011, the boys from Wiltshire demolish their old sound and install a new upgrade, revolutionizing the majestic sound of Melodic Death Metal-cross-Metalcore. Whilst the old guard remains intact, the introduction of a new back-up vocalist namely Sam Sara has added a new dimension to it, let alone welcoming Steve Franklin on guitars to complement the new sound of British Heavy Metal. With tracks like 'Open Your Fucking Eyes' taking the brunt of rudimentary song titles, it remains to be perhaps the funkiest song on the album albeit the glorious ' The Days I'm Gone' of which doubled up as a live music video with a sold out audience to revel in the sonic waves emanating from the speakers. There is a unique concept about this album, without regards to a consistent lyric topic, the inevitable fact that the music as a whole as a continuous upbeat feel to it. Atmospheric as it comes, brutal as it is heard, chilling as it plays, dark as night, exciting as a party long forgone, geared up as the best British album of 2011, hard as diamond, ingenious as Hendrix, jubilant as a deserved victory, just some of the phrases to describe it. 'Pray To Me' is without a doubt the darkest song on the album with a spine-shattering and extremely scary scream by Luke Lucas (vocalist), with that in mind the album has a song for everyone, for party people 'The Days I'm Gone', for people who love to scream 'Pray To Me', for headbanging times 'Choke On Your Words' and so on and so forth, so forth comes the penultimate track 'Look At Us Now', which pretty much sums the whole band up, vastly becoming the next big band in the British Metal scene, only time is needed before they get on BBC Radio. Is there some sort of connection going on, whereby 'We Rise' came and took The Dead Lay Waiting to a new level and now they say 'Look At Us Now', was 'Almost Heaven' a foreseen event? After an excellent fifty minutes of glamorous, brutal and fist-pumping metal comes the daddy of the album, the whopping nine minute opus, 'Almost Heaven'. The longest song ever done by the band and one that deserves recognition as the most beautiful song they have ever done, with melodies so sleek and soothing it may be used in stress therapy, what with an orchestral section, this maybe a signature tune to a cremation, signalling the darker side to this band, so whilst The Dead Lay Waiting, the living pass away and before becoming free, reaches 'Almost Heaven' where The Dead Lay Waiting. This is one of those albums that deserves to be in the UK top 100 charts, with the amount of precision and atmosphere used on this album, if listeners think this it, they are mistaken, this is just the beginning, so all that is left to be said is that The Dead Lay Waiting for all.
 RHYS STEVENSON