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As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying

[Metal Blade]

As far as metalcore is concerned, few have made the impact that As I Lay Dying have achieved. Arguably pioneers of the movement, and still its leaders, ‘Awakened’ is As I Lay Dying‘s 6th studio album. Expectations for the record are high.

As a whole it doesn’t disappoint; laden with meaty riffs and a tried and tested scream and clean vocal pattern, ‘Awakened‘ is quintessentially an As I Lay Dying record. Blasting in with ‘Cauterize‘ (which was offered as a free download in advance), the band’s intent is made clear from the the first note.

Tracks like ‘Resilience‘ show why the band have stayed close to so many hearts over the years; delicious shredding, tight drums, intoxicating melody and powerful vocals. Tim Lambesis is ever the dominant front man, with a scream second to none, his vocals resound over the music full of strength delivered at high intensity.

Despite ‘Awakened‘ having numerous positives, its hard not to compare it to previous full length, ‘The Powerless Rise’ and unfortunately it doesn’t quite match up. However, this isn’t a real criticism as it is hard to compete with the perfection displayed on their 2010 release. Nonetheless, ‘Awakened‘ will go down as one of this years best metal albums.

Words: Emma Wallace

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As I Lay Dying Album and Tour News

After dominating the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour in the US alongside Slipknot, Slayer and many others, metalcore heroes As I Lay Dying have announced details of thier sixth studio album…

Awakened‘ will drop on September 25th with a UK/Euro tour to commence in the following month.’ Awakened‘ was recorded in the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO with renowned rock producer Bill Stevenson (Descendents) and mixer Colin Richardson (Bullet For My Valentine). The track listing for the follow up to 2011’s ‘Decas EP‘ and 2010’s ‘The Powerless Rise‘ is as follows:

1. Cauterize
2. A Greater Foundation
3 .Resilience
4. Wasted Words
5. Whispering Silence
6. Overcome
7. No Lungs to Breathe
8. Defender
9. Washed Away
10. My Only Home
11. Tear Out My Eyes

Pre-orders can be made now via Metal Blade Records.

Below are the tour dates for As I Lay Dying (with Trivium, Caliban, Upon A Burning Body). Tickets are on sale now from all usual outlets.

15th Manchester, Ritz
16th Glasgow, ABC
17th Birmingham, Institute
19th Bristol, Academy
20th Norwich, UEA
21st London, Shephards Bush Empire

Words: Emma Wallace