AILD’s New LP Will Re-Awaken Every Metal Head

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San Diego, California’s As I Lay Dying has returned with what is some of the band’s best work since its debut album, “Frail Words Collapse” with its new album, “Awakened.”  The band’s fifth full length studio release of new material combines elements of that album with elements of its previous releases to make an album that any metal head happy.  The album’s opener, ‘Cauterize’ is a powerful opener.  Front man Tim Lambesis sings in this piece, “I’m caught between the feeling/Of being pulled apart/And being stuffed into a cell” in the song’s chorus.  That’s something to which so many listeners can relate.  He’s saying in a metaphorical sense, he feels so much pressure that he doesn’t entirely know what he’s feeling.  But it’s definitely not a good feeling.  Who out there hasn’t felt that way at one point or another?

The album’s second track, ‘A Greater Foundation’ could almost be compared to a hybrid mix of Killswitch Engage and Hatebreed with the combination of Lambesis’ vocals and the buzz saw sharp guitar riffs churned out by Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso.  Drummer Jordan Mancino is just as solid behind the kit with this song, not missing a single beat throughout.  There’s even a touch of old school style metal here too, for fans of the older stuff in ‘Resilience.’  This piece starts out very much in the old school metal style before kicking things into high gear.  Fans of AILD’s old sound will enjoy the sound of ‘No Lungs to Breathe.’  This is the sound that made the band so famous on its debut record.  What’s noticeable here though, is that while it boasts that sound from the band’s early days, long time fans will be able to tell how much the band has grown since then, too.  There’s even more of that sound on ‘Defender.’  The song actually boasts singing along with Lambesis’ sharp as nails screams.  The only time the band lets up throughout all of this is in the softer instrumental that is ‘Washed Away.’  This song is just enough of a break for listeners to collect themselves before one more full out aural assault.  By the time it’s all said and done, audiences will be left breathless by the band’s chops.

“Awakened” hits stores tomorrow.  The band is currently promoting the record.  It will be at a signing engagement tonight at the Looney Tunes CD store in West Babylon, New York.  And tomorrow, the band will be at Vintage Vinyl Records in Fords, New Jersey for another in-store signing.  Fans can get the information on these events online at http://www.facebook.com/asilaydying and http://www.asilaydying.com

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As I Lay Dying releases video for first single from “Awakened”

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As I Lay Dying won’t release its new album until September 25th.  But to get fans excited for its impending release, the band has officially released the lyric video for the first single off of the album, ‘Cauterize.’

The video shows a moth like insect flying against AILD’s band logo, while the lyrics to the song play overtop.  The song comes across as a very personal piece.  The band sings on the song’s chorus, “I’m caught between the feeling of being pulled apart, or stuffed into a cell.”  There’s obviously some inner conflict in the song.  fans can check out the video on the band’s official Youtube channel now at http://www.youtube.comasilaydying

As I Lay Dying will be touring throughout the Summer with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in support of “Awakened.”  Fans can check out all of the band’s tour dates online at http://www.asilaydying.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/asilaydying, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/asilaydying.

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As I Lay Dying debut new single, prep new album, tour

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As I Lay Dying is a busy band this year.  The band has officially debuted the lead single off of its upcoming new album, “Awakened” as it prepares to take aprt in this Summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.  Fans can check out the new single, ‘Cauterize’ now on liquidmetal.com.  The band’s brand new album, “Awakened” is currently schedule to be released September 25th via Metal Blade Records.

Audiences who come and check out the band this Summer will get the opportunity to pre-order “Awakened.”  The band will make available special limited edition laminated that will allow fans to pre-order the new album right at the band’s merchandise booth at each of its stops on the tour.  The laminates will each have a special code that can be entered online at http://www.metalblade.com/awakened.  Fans simply need enter the code to pre-order the album and have it hand delivered to their door.  The code must be redemmed by no later than November 1st , 2012.  The laminates are available only at the band’s stops on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and this offer is only available in the United States. 

Fans can get a full listing of the band’s tour dates and news online at http://www.asilaydying.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/asilaydying, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/asilaydying, and on its official Youtube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/asilaydying.

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