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As Lions – Selfish Age

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , , , , on 15th January 2017 by mickbirchy

Artist: As Lions

Album: Selfish Age

Genre: Rock

Released: 20 January 2017

via Eleven Seven Music

 

I’ll admit I was a fan of the past project of Austin Dickinson, Rise To Remain.  I thought they were a fun group. Austin always came across as a competent and energetic front man. Every time I saw him live he did everything keep the show moving at a good pace and kept the crowd involved. I’ll admit I’ve not taken that much notice of his new band As Lions. So, when I saw the new album was up for a review, I thought that it might be worth checking out. I’ve heard bad things here and there but I’m going to listen to this album with fresh ears and relay some thought.

Selfish Age, for the most part is a pretty average album. I wouldn’t say bad, as they’re not doing anything wrong. There are nice melodies. The singing is clear and in tune, and there are flashes of inspiration here and there. Yet, there isn’t a point that I became invested in the album or what they’re singing about. Save for a few tunes that did stick with me a little. I just feel that this album could be much better.  The guitars feel watered down a touch and all the songs have this really processed feel to them. It feels like a pop-rock album that wants to be treated like a heavy metal album and it doesn’t work like that. All the songs just meld together into one melody at times. Seriously, on certain play-throughs they do just mash up together.

I’ve been bad mouthing this album a little too much. There are good songs on the record. In fact, there are moments that I really enjoyed myself. Austin Dickinson’s vocals are absolutely brilliant. He brings so much emotion and finesse to the album. He oozes with charisma and brings a lot of energy. I like some of the tunes and some of the choruses are rather ear-wormy. It does come together at times. Although, it does come off as a little bland for my taste.

I liked it and I’m sure that they’ll have their fans. Though lyrics are powerful and deep with a strong focus on the problems of the current day. The production is a little flat and it feels washed out. It could have been so much more than what it is. If it was more full force rock, with more of a crunch to the guitar tone, it could have really work. Yet, as is it’s just an okay album. Not amazing but not terrible either. Just meh.

3/ 5

Mick Birchall

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As Lions reveal details about their new album

Posted in Metal, Misc., News, Rock, Studio Report with tags , on 23rd November 2016 by izaforestspirit

Good news for fans of the British hard rock band As Lions. This year witnessed the release of the band’s first EP ‘Aftermath’ and now they are happy to announce that their debut album will be out in early 2017. Their debut album will be entitled ‘Selfish Age’.

You can check out the artwork and the track-listing below:

1.     Aftermath
2.     The Suffering
3.     Bury My Dead
4.     Deathless 
5.     Selfish Age
6.     White Flags
7.     Pieces
8.     World On Fire
9.     One By One
10.  The Fall
11.  The Great Escape

Here is a short teaser video of what is to come:

‘Selfish Age’ is scheduled to hit the shops on 20th January via Better Noise Records.

For more information visit:

http://aslionsband.com/

As Lions announce new EP and video

Posted in Metal, Misc., News, Rock with tags , , , on 4th October 2016 by izaforestspirit

The British hard rock band As Lions have just announced that their debut EP will be released soon. Their first piece of work will be entitled ‘Aftermath’ and it is scheduled to hit the shops on 14th October 2016 via Better Noise Records. The CD version will be available in Europe and there will be digital copies available for purchase in The U.S.A.

You can check out the cover art and the track-listing below:

  1. Aftermath
  2. White Flags
  3. Deathless
  4. World on Fire

As Lions was formed last year by Austin Dickinson (son of the Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson) after the his previous band Rise to Remain call it a day.

You can listen to the title track ‘Aftemath’ here:

 

For more information visit:

http://aslionsband.com/