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As Cities Burn “Come Now Sleep” Album Review

September 20th, 2007 by

As Cities Burn

Come Now Sleep

Solid State/Tooth and Nail 2007

It was a long road toward As Cities Burn’s sophomore release, “Come Now Sleep”. The band, who signed to Solid State and Imprint of Tooth and Nail in 2004, spent the following year on the road relentlessly touring with the likes of UnderOath, Emery, and Gym Class Heroes. At the end of their summer tour last year the band decided to head into the studio which then lead to major changes within the band’s structure. Visceral front man TJ Bonnette left the band for personal reasons and at that point it seemed as though As Cities Burn had to decided to call it quits. However, fast forward to a few months later, the band does a 180 and decides to persevere. The line up is altered with the addition of Chris Lott from The Planning Fallacy, new drummer Aaron Lunsford and Cody Bonnette assuming vocal duties.

In my opinion “Come Now Sleep” is by far their best work. They’ve traded in their hardcore and metal roots for a mature post-hardcore sound ala Thrice’s “Vheissu” or Thursdays “A City By the Light Divided”. When one listens to the record it reveals new levels of the complex musicianship in it’s production every time.The guitar work on this record is spacey and ambient but can turn into a wall of crushing sound at a moment’s notice. These guys have never come off pretentious in their goals to push their music and their ideas. YES, they are Christians and the lyrics reflect it, but they never force-feed it to you and also give their own objective outlook on their beliefs. Songs on this record, like the last, are filled with extremely personal introspection on God, Family, and Love. Stand out tracks on this record for me were “Wrong Body”, “Our World is Grey”, “Tides”, “This is it, This is it” and “Contact”. I’m really glad these guys didn’t break up and hope to see them on the road. They will be heading out with Silverstein, Comeback Kid, and Alesena this summer.


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