The members of As I Lay Dying are the kind of musicians that refuse to be measured solely by their most recent accomplishments. The latest album, An Ocean Between Us, is evidence of this fact, proving once again that these guys are not afraid to push the limits of their sound and always keep things moving. The music grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until the album’s finish. Building upon the foundation that As I Lay Dying has laid over the past several years, growing from a small San Diego outfit slowly and deliberately into a priority national act, the band has become Metal Blade Records’ biggest sellers with an extremely devoted following. As I Lay Dying has the goods to take it all the way and stake their claim as the metal band “ you need to know about” in 2007 and beyond.
As I Lay Dying’s Metal Blade debut, 2003’s Frail Words Collapse, effectively introduced this indie band to the world on the strength of the catchy but brutal songs, “94 Hours” and “Forever.” The album went on to be a label best-seller, surpassing 210,000 units sold. The follow up, Shadows Are Security, further spotlighted As I Lay Dying as one of most influential bands to break out of the underground metal scene. Their high-profile, marathon tour cycle found the band as one of the featured attractions on the Ozzfest 2005 side stage, then as part of the second annual Taste Of Chaos trek in winter 2006 along with Deftones and Thrice, culminating in the headlining slot on the 2006 Sounds Of The Underground tour in front of 3000-5000 people per night. Shadows has sold nearly 275,000 records to date as word of the album and the band’s electrifying live show continues to spread through their ever growing fan base, fans that simply put are in it for the long haul.
One thing that can’t be denied is the devotion and loyalty that As I Lay Dying constantly receive from their fans. In fact, every time that As I Lay Dying is up for some award that is voted on by the public, As I Lay Dying’s fan’s never disappoint. The band has taken home the San Diego Music Award’s 2006 Artist of the Year (beating out Jason Mraz and Switchfoot) as well as being voted 2006’s Metal Gods by MTV2.
One of the reasons that fans have latched on to As I Lay Dying so passionately and fervently is that the band always has something thoughtful and positive to say while still playing a combustible, aggressive style of music. Instead of dwelling on what’s wrong with the world, As I Lay Dying more interested in putting a positive spin on the obstacles that life throws your way. “For a long time in the metal scene, the lyrics weren’t easy for fans to relate to, on a personal level,” vocalist and songwriter Tim Lambesis says. “If you’ were angry, you listened to metal, but there was no positive advice or lyrics that inspired you to overcome struggles. That didn’t exist until more recently. We’d like to think that we’re a band that many younger people can relate to.”
With a fanbase that continues to grow exponentially, As I Lay Dying plan to focus on what they know best, hitting the road. With a tour schedule that includes the US, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia, they know that there are always new fans that haven’t been exposed to the music. “We’ll keep pushing forward,” Lambesis says. “There is always a chance for us to do more, even with more people that don’t necessarily listen to metal.” Thanks to their keen sense of melody that allows their songs to continually take up real estate in your brain, As I Lay Dying is confident about winning over these new fans. Without question An Ocean Between Us is the right record to capture their attention.
Lambesis has always seen As I Lay Dying as a metal band that still has a great deal of punk and hardcore influence in both their music and ethics, something that also draws different people to the band. “I’ve always appreciated how punk music has such a strong sense of melody, but with really fast beats. Those melodies and tempos can also be found in our songs...just don’t let the double bass fool you. Also a large part of our melody comes from the guitars (as opposed to the vocals), something we have become known for. And beyond the music, I’ve always felt like we come from a punk and hardcore ethic as well, something that is embedded in the way we approach our music careers. As a band, being passionate about what we do and having meaning behind our music, that’s what we’re about. It’s not just mindless, mass marketed pop music. For me personally, within the band, and within my life, I want to stand up for what I believe in. That’s more important than the success or the popularity that comes from being in a band.”
In 2008, As I Lay Dying, was nominated for a Grammy for An Ocean Between Us. The band is currently working on new material with an early 2010 release date in mind.
|Beneath The Encasing of Ashes||2001||Pluto Records|
|As I Lay Dying/American Tragedy split||2002||Pluto Records|
|Frail Words Collapse||2003||Metal Blade Records|
|Shadows Are Security||2005||Metal Blade Records|
|A Long March: The First Recordings||2006||Metal Blade Records|
|An Ocean Between Us||2007||Metal Blade Records|
|The Powerless Rise||2010||Metal Blade Records|
|Decas||2011||Metal Blade Records|
|Awakened||2012||Metal Blade Records|