With the current 'metalcore' explosion the way it is, never has there been a more important time for the US' As I Lay Dying to stake their claim. 2003's "Frail Words Collapse" engendered immense recgonition due, in part, to the smart decision by the band to release first track '94 Hours' on previously-free mp3.com - it generated huge interest in the band, and the album certainly didn't disappoint. "Shadows are Security" thankfully, continues this progress, without majorly changing the swedish-influenced, machine-gun fire metal sound they craft. I was expecting more melodic moments on this album than "Frail Words Collapse" - there aren't, and this makes for a pleasant surprise. Only "Confined" and "Darkest Nights" have a discernable singy chorus. This refusal to compromise to the mainstream is admirable in such a crowded market, and in doing so will probably prevent the band from truly achieving massive recognition, which it seems is just how they like it.
Not the perfect album by any means, but it's just what I expected, and whilst it fails to truly try anything remarkably different it succeeds with its brutal honesty and uncompromising nature.