As I Lay Dying (band)

As I Lay Dying (band)
As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying performing at 2007's With Full Force festival.
Background information
Origin San Diego, California, USA
Genres Metalcore
Years active 2000–present
Labels Metal Blade, Pluto
Associated acts Point of Recognition, Austrian Death Machine, Year One, Sworn Enemy
Tim Lambesis
Jordan Mancino
Phil Sgrosso
Nick Hipa
Josh Gilbert
Past members
Noah Chase
Aaron Kennedy
Evan White
Jason Krebs
Clint Norris

As I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by Tim Lambesis and having completed their first Line-up in 2001, the band consists of vocalist Tim Lambesis, drummer Jordan Mancino, lead guitarist Nick Hipa, rhythm guitarist Phil Sgrosso, and bassist Josh Gilbert, all of whom are Christians.[1][2][3] Signed to Metal Blade Records, As I Lay Dying has released five studio albums, one split album, and two compilation albums.

As I Lay Dying's fourth studio album, An Ocean Between Us 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 Underground, 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 2008[4] and was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award for the song "Nothing Left".[5] Their latest album, The Powerless Rise was written over a three year period and was released in May 2010 to widespread critical acclaim.



Formation, debut album and split album (2001–2003)

After leaving the band Society's Finest where he played guitar, vocalist Tim Lambesis formed As I Lay Dying in 2000.[6] Starting out as a duet with drummer Jordan Mancino after they first met as a band in February 2001, the title of the band was taken 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.[7][8]

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 first album Beneath the Encasing of Ashes, which was released in June 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."[9] 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.[9]

Frail Words Collapse (2003–2004)

Lead vocalist, Tim Lambesis

During 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.[10] As I Lay Dying accepted the offer and Pluto Records owner Brian Cobbel was supportive of the band moving to Metal Blade. Lambesis commented "since we've been on the label, they've really gone out of their way to market us differently than they've marketed other bands in the past and have really pushed us as a newer sound for the label."[11]

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.[12] 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."[13] 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."[14] 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)

Rhythm guitarist, Phil Sgrosso

As 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.[12] 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."[15] 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'."[16] Guitarist Evan White had quit the band due to personal reasons after his mother had died. All the clean vocals where sung by Dave Arthur of Kings to You, because they sounded in the studio more powerful than Clint Norris'.[17]

Bassist, Josh Gilbert

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."[18] 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.[19] 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 129 on the Billboard 200.[12] In the summer of 2006 As I Lay Dying closed the Sounds of the Underground Festival.[20] 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 of. 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.[6]

An Ocean Between Us (2007–2009)

Lead guitarist, Nick Hipa

In 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.[21] Co-produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and As I Lay Dying, and mixed by Colin Richardson, the album received generally positive reviews.[citation needed] 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.[22] Scott Alisoglu of 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."[23] 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.[24] 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,[25] and toured through Europe in September with Darkest Hour, Himsa, and Maroon.[6] The band was awarded "Ultimate Metal God" by MTV2's "All That Rocks",[26] and was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of "Best Metal Performance" for the 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.[27]

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.[28]

The Powerless Rise (2009—2011)

On 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.[29]

On May 7, The Powerless Rise was posted in its entirety through MySpace Music. The streaming lasted until May 10.[30] 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."[31]

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, Bless The Fall 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.

Decas (2011-present)

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.


As I Lay Dying have stated on numerous occasions that all of the members of the group are Christians.[32] When asked if they're a Christian band or Christians in a band, Tim Lambesis stated on the band's FAQ, "I'm not sure what the difference is between five Christians playing in a band and a Christian band.[1] If you truly believe something, then it should affect every area of your life. All five of us are Christians. I believe that change should start with me first, and as a result, our lyrics do not come across very 'preachy.' Many of our songs are about life, struggles, mistakes, relationships and other issues that don't fit entirely in the spiritual category. However, all of these topics are written about through my perspective as a Christian."[1] During an August 2010 radio interview, Lambesis once more made a statement regarding the band and his faith, expressing that his world view as a Christian "always comes across in our lyrics in some way or another".[33]


As I Lay Dying performing at 2006's Hellfest.

In summer 2005, As I Lay Dying played on the Ozzfest Tour's second stage along with Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Rob Zombie, The Black Dahlia Murder, It Dies Today, Bury Your Dead and Arch Enemy as well as others.


In summer 2006, As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder, Shadows Fall, It Dies Today, Gwar, Trivium, Evergreen Terrace, The Chariot, Terror, Behemoth, Job for a Cowboy, and Through the Eyes of the Dead.


In summer of 2007, As I Lay Dying performed at the 2007 Warped Tour. In the fall of 2007, they headlined the An Ocean Between Us Tour with support from All That Remains, Haste the Day, and Through the Eyes of the Dead.


In spring of 2008, As I Lay Dying joined the lineup of Soundwave during February and March 2008 in Australia alongside bands Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Bleeding Through, Haste the Day, and Carpathian.

In summer of 2008 the band made a one-month appearance again on the 2008 Warped Tour from its June 20 to July 18 dates. In addition, As I Lay Dying headlined Cornerstone, Sonshine, and Revelation Generation Festival. They also played at Lifelight, Wacken Open Air, and Bloodsock Open Air, Ichthus, and Dubai Desert Rock Festivals.

In addition to that As I Lay Dying toured with acts such as Evergreen Terrace, August Burns Red and Misery signals in late spring of 08.

In fall of 2008, beginning November 8, 2008, As I Lay Dying headlined the Rockstar Taste of Chaos tour in Singapore, with Story of the Year, and A Vacant Affair as their supporting act. As I Lay Dying also headlined a show in Anaheim, California on November 21 with Bring Me The Horizon, Terror, and Born of Osiris. The Show was filmed for a first ever As I Lay Dying DVD. The band closed their 2008 tour with a performance in Jakarta, Indonesia on November, 30th.


The band toured the US with Protest the Hero, The Human Abstract, and MyChildren MyBride.

As I Lay Dying took part on the No Fear Energy Tour headlined by Lamb of God with main support from themselves and Children of Bodom, and rotating opening slots with God Forbid and Municipal Waste.[34] On July 31 the band appeared on the Inside Out stage at Soulfest, a Christian music festival held in the Gunstock Mountain Resort in New Hampshire.

As I Lay Dying appeared for the first time at Alive Music Festival in Canal Fulton, Ohio. They shared the stage with The Devil Wears Prada, Haste the Day, and Norma Jean. This was the first time that Alive Music Festival had ever featured metal bands.

They toured in October with Senses Fail, Closure and Fact in Moscow. Also in October, the band took a break from the studio to make an appearance at Self Destruct in the Ozarks which was held in Jacket, Missouri.


The band headlined a tour in Europe in support of The Powerless Rise album. The supporting acts were Suicide Silence, Heaven Shall Burn, Sylosis and Adept.


In early 2011 the band headlined a US tour, playing small venues with special guests Winds of Plague and After the Burial. They played Music as a Weapon with Trivium and Disturbed in Australia and New Zealand in early spring.

Summer 2011, they played at Heavenfest in Colorado and a small tour in Europe, they are returning in the fall to support Amon Amarth.

A US "Decade of Destruction" tour was announced in support of their 10th Anniversary as a band for November-December with acts Of Mice & Men, The Ghost Inside, Iwrestledabearonce, and Sylosis.

Band members

Current members
Former members
  • Clint Norris – bass guitar, clean vocals (2003–2006)
  • Evan White – lead guitar (2001–2003)
  • Tommy Garcia – lead guitar (2002–2003)
  • Jasun Krebs – rhythm guitar (2003)
  • Aaron Kennedy – bass guitar (2003)
  • Noah Chase – bass guitar (2001)
Touring substitutes
  • Justin Foley – drums (2009)[35]
  • Aaron Newberry – bass guitar (2007)
  • Chris Lindstrom – rhythm guitar (2003–2004)
  • Brandon Hays – bass guitar (2002–2003)
  • Chad Ackerman – rhythm guitar (2002)
Session musicians
  • Brandon Young (drums on the song "When This World Fades")
  • Tommy Garcia (appeared at least once on every record to date)
  • David Arthur (clean vocals on the album Shadows Are Security)


Studio albums
Date of release Title Label Billboard 200 peak UK peak
June 12, 2001 Beneath the Encasing of Ashes Pluto
July 1, 2003 Frail Words Collapse Metal Blade
June 14, 2005 Shadows Are Security 35
August 21, 2007 An Ocean Between Us 8
May 11, 2010 The Powerless Rise 10 172[36]
Compilation albums
Date of release Title Label Billboard 200 peak
May 16, 2006 A Long March: The First Recordings Metal Blade 129
November 8, 2011 Decas Metal Blade 61
Split albums
  • This Is Who We Are (2009)[37]


  • "94 Hours" (Frail Words Collapse) − 2003
  • "Forever" (Frail Words Collapse) − 2004
  • "Confined" (Shadows Are Security) − 2005
  • "Through Struggle" (Shadows Are Security) − 2005
  • "The Darkest Nights" (Shadows Are Security) − 2006
  • "Nothing Left" (An Ocean Between Us) − 2007
  • "The Sound of Truth" (An Ocean Between Us) − 2008
  • "Within Destruction" (An Ocean Between Us) − 2008
  • "I Never Wanted" (An Ocean Between Us) - 2009
  • "Parallels" (The Powerless Rise) - 2010
  • "Anodyne Sea" (The Powerless Rise) - 2011
  • "Beyond Our Suffering" (The Powerless Rise) - 2011
  • "Paralyzed" (Decas) - 2011


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