“AWAKENED is the best As I Lay Dying album you can point to, as metal both modernized and maximized.” (Four out of Five stars) – Alternative Press
“…their best album yet. It’s a high water mark for modern metal, and it’s going to wake up the entire genre.” (Five out of Five stars) – Artist Direct
“There’s a reason As I Lay Dying are one of the most revered acts in modern metalcore. This is it.” – (Four out of Five Ks) – Kerrang!
For their new album AWAKENED, San Diego-based AS I LAY DYING–NICK HIPA (guitar), TIM LAMBESIS (vocals), JORDAN MANCINO (drums), PHIL SGROSSO (guitar) and JOSH GILBERT (bass)–holed up in the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO with renowned rock producer Bill Stevenson (Descendents) and mixer Colin Richardson. The group’s last LP, 2010’s The Powerless Rise, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #10, at #2 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #3 on Billboard’s Hard Music Albums Chart.
When the band’s video for “A Greater Foundation” premiered last week, fans took to the Internet to express their love of the new song – AND to discuss the relevance of the lyrics. “From a lyrical perspective, it’s always a bit surprising to see the fans reaction to the new songs,” says lead singer Tim Lambesis. “Some people feel that new songs are more provocative than anything we’ve done before. Maybe it’s true – I write all the lyrics, and I tend to only see how they apply to my life. But, I feel it’s something our long time followers would have expected and can relate to. I do not regret abandoning ritual or tradition in the search for truth. Everything has a beginning, and it’s been my goal to track each of my beliefs to its uncorrupted historical root. As we evolve, so does our perspective”. Watch the video and see fan comments here: http://bit.ly/Pipkd9.
In celebration of the release of AWAKENED and in honor of the 30th Anniversary of Metal Blade Records, AS I LAY DYING are set to headline a special album release show TONIGHT at Santos Party House in New York City. For entry to the private, free album release show, fans can pick up a copy of the new album AWAKENEDat three-New York City area independent record stores – go to www.asilaydying.com for more info.
For fans that cannot be in New York, the hosts of VH1 Classic “That Metal Show” Don Jamieson & Jim Florentine and Jose Mangin of SiriusXM’s “Liquid Metal” will emcee a live online broadcast starting at 8:00 pm Eastern via Livestream at: www.livestream.com/metalblade.
Before leaving the east coast, AS I LAY DYING will be making a stop at Vintage Vinyl in NJ for an in-store appearance on Wednesday, 9/26 @ 7pm EST. (Vintage Vinyl, 51 Lafayette Road, Fords, NJ 08863 – 732-225-7717)
Next up, AS I LAY DYING will launch a European tour October 15 with Trivium, Caliban and Upon A Burning Body before returning to the U.S. to hit the road as a part of the 2012 Monster Energy Outbreak Tour. AS I LAY DYING will be joining headliners Asking Alexandria on the North American tour that kicks off in Edmonton, Alberta on November 16, and wraps on December 16 in Tampa, Florida with support coming from Suicide Silence, Memphis May Fire and Attila.
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