As I Lay Dying Albums Get Vinyl Re-Issue Treatment

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As I Lay Dying is back…sort of.

Almost a year after the band’s former front man Tim Lambesis was released from prison for a conviction in a murder-for-hire plot in which he allegedly tried to have his wife killed, two of the band’s albums are getting the vinyl re-issue treatment.

Metal Blade Records announced Thursday that the band’s 2003 record Frail Words Collapse and its followup, 2005’s Shadows Are Security will be re-issued on vinyl Jan. 26.  Pre-orders for both albums are open now, and both will be available in limited quantities.

The specs for each album’s re-issue are noted below.

Frail Words Collapse LP re-issue
–180g black vinyl
–yellow/brown opaque split vinyl (limited to 1000 copies – USA exclusive)
–butter cream marble vinyl (limited to 500 copies – USA exclusive)
–orange/brown with black swirls vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–golden vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–cream/white splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)

Shadows Are Security LP re-issue
–180g black vinyl
–yellow/blue opaque split vinyl (limited to 1000 copies – USA exclusive)
–opaque teal marble vinyl (limited to 500 copies – USA exclusive)
–yellow with orange spots vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–blue/black transparent marble vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–clear ice-blue/orange and yellow splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)

Lambesis allegedly started working recently on new music for a new As I Lay Dying record with a new group of musicians according to various media reports. AILD ex-guitarist Nick Hipa did not entirely write-off a reunion in a recent interview on Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta’s radio program The Jasta Show, but did not say a reunion of the original lineup definitely would happen, either.

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Wovenwar’s Debut Record Puts AILD To Rest At Last

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The self-titled debut record from Wovenwar is a triumphant return for the now former members of As I Lay Dying. The former band recently disbanded after the arrest of its front man Tim Lambesis for a murder-for-hire plot against his now ex-wife. The fallout from the band’s breakout and Lambesis’ arrest was far reaching for fans of AILD. Now thanks to the upcoming release of Wovenwar audiences will find that AILD is gone and from its ashes is a whole new band with a whole new sound. It is a band and sound that while unlike that of AILD is even better than that of that band. The sound on this record is one that promises a hopeful future ahead for Wovenwar. The melodic hard rock sound churned out right off the top in ‘All Rise’ is a clear indicator of this. The straight forward, driving energy of ‘The Mason’ makes for another wonderful addition to this record with its straight forward, driving energy. And or those hoping that the band that was AILD hadn’t lost its full on metal edge, ‘Matter of Time’ will assure them that they most definitely have not. These songs are but a few examples of what makes Wovenwar a welcome new birth for the members of AILD. And it is even more welcome for audiences that have waited with baited breath for this record.

When it was announced that the members of AILD had formed a new band and were hard at work on said band’s debut release, anticipation immediately built for that release. Both the band’s members and audiences alike needed a fresh start what with the black eye brought on by Tim Lambesis’ arrest. Right off the top of the album, the band lives up to all of that anticipation thanks to ‘All Rise.’ This melodic hard rock was the perfect way to open the album. Its pounding drums and shredding guitars are a bridge to what was once AILD while the more melodic vocal style of front man Shane Blay displays the band’s different direction. He sings in this song what may well be a reference to Lambesis’ arrest as he sings, “Who stands the storm and faces/The horrors that darkness breeds/Who will take the life they’re given/And cast light for all to see/Who stands the storm if not the brave/What’s built from cowards that we praise/Who stands the storm if not the brave.” It’s very possible that this could be in reference to comments made by Lambesis regarding his eventually changing views on faith that apparently led to his fate. That argument is made even stronger in the song’s opening verse as Blay sings in the song’s opening verse, “Oh You feel the hunter’s gaze/A shadow even in the dark of night/scheming your early grave/He’s going to leave you dead or dying/Draining all the blood he craves/You never thought you’d be meat for the market/What’d you expect when you sold your name?” One can’t help but wonder if this was directed at Lambesis’ ex-wife considering what is known about their relationship now. It would definitely be interesting to hear the story behind this one. Regardless it makes for a fitting introduction for Wovenwar on its debut album.

‘All Rise’ is a fitting opener for Wovenwar on its debut album. Just as impressive as an example of what audiences can expect from this album is the song ‘The Mason.’ The full on almost speed metal style sound combined with the song’s melodic metal sound makes it stylistically one of the album’s most intriguing moments. Blay shows in this song that he can do more than just sing, too as he screams and sings, “And I/I have caved in/Again but/I’m building from the wreckage.” It’s honestly nice to hear an album that is essentially a metalcore album without so much screaming and growling. Blay is a vocal powerhouse throughout the record. Audiences will agree as they listen to him make his way through the song’s chorus, singing, “We bend, we break, we’re forced to heal/The toll it takes in time revealed/The trial awakes and then creates or tears us down/We bend, we break, we learn to heal/Failings I claim for mason hands to shape/So strike away the grip of past mistakes.” He seems to be saying that things happen, but we have to learn to put the past behind us. As always, that is merely the interpretation of this one critic. It could very well be incorrect. Regardless of wrong or right, one must agree to the depth of these lyrics. That depth and the song’s straight forward, full throttle musical side together make it one more example of just how much Wovenwar has to offer audiences.

‘All Rise’ and ‘The Mason’ are both excellent examples of what audiences have to look forward to on Wovenwar’s upcoming self-titled debut record. They both exhibit both the band’s sound from its previous life as AILD while also exhibiting an obvious musical and lyrical growth at the same time. There is still at least one more example of that growth on the album’s penultimate piece, ‘A Matter of Time.’ This full-throttle piece presents almost a death metal style sound as Blay sings, “We fight to conceal this truth/But it’s all a matter of time/Time/The years wasted/Persuaded to smile/When it feels so wrong inside/How could we let ourselves/Continue this routine/The artificial beat/Of a heart that’s long since ceased.” One can’t help but wonder from what perspective this was written. It comes across as someone suffering from depression and what such person must feel. If that is indeed the case, then it could serve as a starting point for a discussion on such a topic that is all too often swept under the rug. As with the previously noted songs, it would be interesting to learn the story behind its creation. Regardless, it makes for one more great addition to an album that audiences will agree deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new hard rock and metal albums.

Wovenwar will be available Tuesday, August 5th in stores and online. While fans wait for the album to drop, they can hear these songs and more at all of the band’s current live dates including its show tonight at the Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee. Its current U.S. tour wraps up August 9th at the famed Roxy in Los Angeles, CA. After that, the band will take some time to rest up before kkicking off the European leg of its tour August 15th at the Pukkelpop Festival in Hasselt, Belgium. Audiences can see the band’s current tour itinerary and keep up with the latest news from the band online now at http://www.facebook.com/wovenwar, http://www.wovenwar.com and http://twitter.com/wovenwar. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

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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