On January 20th, As Lions released their debut album Selfish Age, following their debut EP Aftermath, released via Better Noise Records.
Selfish Age opens with Aftermath, launching straight into a catchy riff that will immediately get the listener hooked. The track is heavy, with keyboards filling out the sound and taking some of the edge off so it’s not too heavy. Aftermath is immediately followed by The Suffering, another heavy riff based track. The two tracks are very different; Aftermath sounds more like Lostprophets whereas The Suffering sounds more like Foo Fighters, however As Lions have their own unique brand that makes these tracks fill a gap in the rock scene that the listener didn’t even know existed.
In contrast, Bury My Dead begins with just piano and vocals, however the build up throughout the first verse and release of the full band at the chorus makes for an addictive song that the listener will surely return to time and time again. Bury My Dead stops unexpectedly, but seamlessly blends into Deathless.
The title track, Selfish Age, comes around halfway through. The listener can imagine As Lions playing this live, with a great live show and an intense mosh pit, suddenly slowing down at the bridge and the crowd flicking their lighters, before going crazy again.
The latter half of the album, particularly World On Fire, starts to introduce influences from classic rock, although the solo in World On Fire is reminiscent of Evanescence‘s debut album Fallen. There are also aspects of pop-punk in there, such as One By One and The Fall, which sound like A Day To Remember but with different vocals.
As Lions have more of a Lostprophets quality to them, which is alt rock with a Kill Hannah feel. Since Lostprophets disbanded, there has been a gap in the market, which the remaining members of Lostprophets tried to fill with No Devotion, but they seem to have been quiet for a while. As Lions could easily fill this gap in the market. Selfish Age as an album is polished, well performed and catchy. Each track is musically different in its own way which provides the listener with variety and stops them getting bored. Listeners will also be tempted to see As Lions live, just based on the first half of the album alone.