As I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California and are currently signed to Metal Blade Records. Founded in 2000 the band has released six studio albums, a split album with American Tragedy and two compilation albums. The band released their debut studio album, Beneath the Encasing of Ashes, on June 12, 2001 followed by their sophomore album, Frail Words Collapse, on June 1, 2003. The band released their third album, Shadows Are Security, on June 14, 2005 and their fourth album, An Ocean Between Us, released on August 21, 2007 and peaked at number 8 on the Billboard 200, and number 1 on the Top Rock chart. The band has performed at Wacken Open Air, With Full Force, Soundwave Festival, Sounds of the Undergroudn, Warped Tour, Bloodstock Open Air and Taste of Chaos. In 2007, As I Lay Dying won the "Ultimate Metal God" award from MTV2 at the first annual "All That Rocks" special, was named "Artist of the Year" at the San Diego Music Awards in 2005, 2007 and 2008, and was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award for their song "Nothing Left". Their fifth studio album, The Powerless Rise was written over a three-year period and was released on May 11, 2010 to widespread critical acclaim. The band's sixth studio album and most recent release, Awakened, was released on September 25, 2012.
Formation and Debut Album (2000 - 2003)Edit
After leaving the band Society's Finest in 2000 guitarist turned vocalist, Tim Lambesis, formed As I Lay Dying with drummer Jordan Mancino Starting out as a duet. They first met as a band in February 2001 with the name of the band deriving from the novel of the same name by William Faulkner although there is no correlation between the band's musical theme to the theme of the novel.
Pluto Records took interest and offered As I Lay Dying a recording contract. After accepting the offer, one month later the band entered the studio to record their debut album Beneath the Encasing of Ashes, which was released on June 12, 2001. In 2002. The band recorded five songs for a split album through Pluto Records, with San Diego heavy metal band American Tragedy. As I Lay Dying realized it needed to expand to a five-piece to include another guitarist and a bassist. Mancino commented "we started going on tour and we needed obviously more people than that." Since they had no "solid" members besides Tim Lambesis and Jordan Mancino, the band recruited friends to perform with them and from there on the group encountered several line-up changes; bassist Noah Chase departed from band in 2001, Brandon Hayes and his subsequent replacement Aaron Kennedy departed in 2003; soon after forming the band The Tokyo Smash in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Frail Words Collapse (2003 - 2004)EditDuring early 2003, when As I Lay Dying's contract with Pluto Records expired, the band from there undertook realization of their opportunity to pursue other record labels. After extensive touring and an increase in popularity, As I Lay Dying was offered a record deal with Metal Blade Records in March 2003.
In July 2003, the band's second studio album, Frail Words Collapse was released. Produced by Lambesis, the album peaked at number 30 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart, and number 41 on the Top Heatseekers chart. William York of AllMusic thought the band "doesn't really add anything new to the mix from a musical standpoint" with the release, although praised it for being "solid enough and well executed, and the production is adequate." Sherwin Frias of Jesus Freak Hideout had similar sentiments and commented "As I Lay Dying didn't exactly break many boundaries in making this record", but praised that each song is "executed so well (and with such precision) that nary a song misses its target." Touring followed to promote the album with the bands Himsa, Shadows Fall, The Black Dahlia Murder, Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Sworn Enemy, and Hatebreed. Music videos for the songs "94 Hours" and "Forever" received rotation on networks such as Fuse and MTV2's Headbanger's Ball.
Shadows Are Security (2005 - 2006)EditAs I Lay Dying entered Big Fish recording studio in Encinitas, California in January 2005 to record their third studio album. Shadows Are Security was released in June, and debuted at number 1 on the Independent Albums. It was the band's first release to enter the Billboard 200 at number 35. and sold about 275 000 copies. Wade Kergan of Allmusic called it "one of the strongest releases of 2005," and commented that new guitarists Phil Sgrosso and Nick Hipa, make the band "stronger." Rod Smith of Decibel Magazine commented "Tim Lambesis’ finely honed roar in bittersweet instrumental matrices augmented by occasional clean vocals by bassist Clint Norris. Guitarists Phil Sgrosso and Nick Hipa whip up a melodic cyclone on The Darkest Nights." Guitarist Evan White had quit the band due to personal reasons after his mother had died. All the clean vocals were sung by Dave Arthur of Kings to You, because they sounded more powerful in the studio than Clint Norris'. As I Lay Dying began touring to promote the new record by making appearances at Hell on Earth, Winter Headline Tour, Ozzfest, and a tour with Slipknot and Unearth. The band was on the second stage alongside Rob Zombie, Killswitch Engage, Mastodon, The Haunted, and It Dies Today. At the fee of $75,000 the band could have chosen to perform on the headliners stage but refused the offer as they thought it was "not worth the money." The band raised its profile in 2006 through its support slot on the Taste of Chaos tour in the US alongside bands such as Deftones, Thrice, Dredg, Funeral for a Friend and Story of the Year. In May 2006, Beneath the Encasing of Ashes and the songs from the split album were re-released as A Long March: The First Recordings through Metal Blade Records. The album contained the original and re-recordings of the songs from the split album, and was released as the band preferred to re-release the material rather than have fans pay large sums of money to listen to early releases. The re-release peaked at number 3 on Independent Albums, and 12[[Deftones|]]9 on the Billboard 200. In the summer of 2006 As I Lay Dying closed the Sounds of the Underground Festival. Bassist Clint Norris left the band on good terms in November 2006 with the desire to focus on his marriage. The band auditioned ten bassists, although none proved successful. Lambesis received demo tapes from a band called This Endearing, of which bassist Josh Gilbert was a part. Lambesis wanted to "sit on it" and wait for the band to record more material. However, This Endearing disbanded and Gilbert was then recruited as As I Lay Dying's new bassist.
An Ocean Between Us (2007 - 2009)EditIn 2007, As I Lay Dying started recording a new album titled An Ocean Between Us, which was released on August 21, 2007. Debuting at number 8 on the Billboard 200, and number 1 on the Top Rock chart with first-week sales of 39,000, the album was the highest charting release for the band. Co-produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and As I Lay Dying, and mixed by Colin Richardson, the album received generally positive reviews. Christa L. Titus of Billboard commented "Whatever the differences between As I Lay Dying's personal desires and what its fans demand, this album surely acts as a bridge," praising the song "Comfort Betrays" for its guitar solo. Scott Alisoglu of Blabbermouth.net described the album as "a well-rounded and often thrashy metalcore album, as the band has struck an effective balance between aggression and accessible melodies." Thom Jurek of Allmusic praised the band for expanding its musical range by including melodic choruses and clean vocals such as they had previously done on Confined from Shadows Are Security. It was the first time for bassist Josh Gilbert to be featured on an As I Lay Dying record since the time of the departure of previous bassists, Evan White and Clint Norris. To promote the album, As I Lay Dying performed at the Warped Tour 2007 in August, and toured through Europe in September with Darkest Hour, Himsa, and Maroon. The band was awarded "Ultimate Metal God" by MTV2's "All That Rocks", and was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of "Best Metal Performance" for their song "Nothing Left". Other nominees included Slayer (who won the award), King Diamond, Machine Head, and Shadows Fall. They played some of the 2008 Warped Tour, as well as the Taste of Chaos UK 2008 Tour with headliners Atreyu.
On April 9, 2009, their DVD This Is Who We Are was released in Europe. On April 14, 2009, it was released in United States. Almost a month after its US release, it was certified Gold in the country alone.
The Powerless Rise and Decas (2009 - 2011)EditOn September 28, 2009, As I Lay Dying announced that 6—7 songs had already been written for their then upcoming album, which followed onward to November 23 where Josh Gilbert announced through Twitter that half of the record was recorded. As I Lay Dying announced the title of their new album The Powerless Rise.
On May 7, The Powerless Rise was posted in its entirety through MySpace Music. The streaming lasted until May 10. The album was officially released on May 11, 2010 and received generally positive critical acclaim, with one critic saying "Fans of metalcore in general, and As I Lay Dying in particular, will be more than satisfied with The Powerless Rise, as the band's gradual progression and consistency makes this their best album."
In 2010 the band toured in support of The Powerless Rise headlining the majority of their shows. In spring doing a US tour with Demon Hunter, Blessthefall and War of Ages. Then in the summer headlining The Cool Tour across the US. Then As I lay Dying embarked on a fall headlining tour across USA/Canada featuring All That Remains, Unearth and Carnifex. They then flew over to Europe for a last year headlining tour with Heaven Shall Burn, Suicide Silence, and Sylosis. In February 2011 the band headlined a US tour featuring Winds of Plague and After the Burial. The band toured late April early May with Trivium in support of Disturbed on the Music as a Weapon tour in Australia and New Zealand, then at the end of May and beginning of June they headlined a few dates with Heaven Shall Burn.On November 8, 2011, As I Lay Dying released a compilation album called Decas in honor of their decade as a band. The album featured three new, original songs; four covers including songs originally by Slayer, Judas Priest and Descendents; a re-recorded medley of pieces from several songs taken from the band's debut Beneath the Encasing of Ashes; and four remixes, each of one song from each of their albums since Frail Words Collapse. The album's first track, "Paralyzed", was released as a lyric video on September 13, and as a free download on iTunes on November 7, the day before the album's release. The band embarked on the A Decade of Destruction tour coinciding with the release of the album, running from November to December 2011.
Awakened (2012 - present)Edit
In January 2012, As I Lay Dying entered the studio with producer Bill Stevenson (NOFX, Rise Against, Anti Flag) and began working on material for their sixth album.
On January 25, it was announced that they will be playing Mayhem Festival 2012 with Slipknot, Slayer, Motörhead, Anthrax, The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, Whitechapel, Upon a Burning Body, I, the Breather, Betraying the Martyrs and Dirtfedd.
On June 22, the band announced on the Metal Blade Records website that their sixth album would be titled Awakened and was released on September 25. The album's first single, "Cauterize", was released June 25. It was made available on the band's website as a free download for 24 hours and then purchasable the day after. On September 12, As I Lay Dying released their second single "A Greater Foundation" and a music video to go with it.
Announced roughly around September that the band will be playing in South Africa for the RAMFEST festival in March 2013.
- Tim Lambesis - unclean vocals (2000 - present)
- Nick Hipa - lead guitar and backing vocals (2004 - present)
- Josh Gilbert - bass guitar and clean vocals (2007 - present)
- Phil Sgrosso - rhythm guitar and backing vocals (2003 - present)
- Jordan Mancino - drums (2000 - present)
- Evan White - lead and rhythm guitars (2001 - 2003) and bass guitar (2001)
- Tommy Garcia - lead guitar (2002 - 2003)
- Clint Norris - bass guitar and clean vocals (2003 - 2006)
- Aaron Kennedy - bass guitar (2003)
- Noah Chase - bass guitar (2001)
- Jason Krebs - rhythm guitar (2003)
- Aaron Newberry - bass guitar (2007)
- Brandon Hays - bass guitar (2002 - 2003)
- Chris Lindstrom - rhythm guitar (2003 - 2004)
- Chad Ackerman - rhythm guitar and backing vocals (2002)
- Justin Foley - drums (2009)
- Beneath the Encasing of Ashes (Pluto Records, June 12, 2001)
- Frail Words Collapse (Metal Blade Records, July 1, 2003)
- Shadows Are Security (Metal Blade Records, June 14, 2005)
- An Ocean Between Us (Metal Blade Records, August 21, 2007)
- The Powerless Rise (Metal Blade Records, May 11, 2010)
- Awakened (Metal Blade Records, September 25, 2011)
- A Long March: The First Recordings (Metal Blade Records, May 16, 2006)
- Decas (Metal Blade Records, November 8, 2011)
- As I Lay Dying/American Tragedy (Pluto Records, June 18, 2002)
- This Is Who We Are (Metal Blade Records, April 14, 2009)