As I Lay Dying – Awakened (2012)

Album Review

Honing their sound with razor-sharp precision, As I Lay Dying return with more driving, melodic thrash on their sixth album, Awakened. While the band’s level of technical acumen and intensity isn’t much of a surprise at this point, their decision to work with punk icon Bill Stevenson (of the Descendents and All) might seem a bit odd at first glance. Though Stevenson isn’t exactly known for heavy music, he’s very well-versed in the language of fast, and that common ground helps to make for a successful pairing of the two as the band deliver 11 relentless tracks that bring plenty of intensity without ever giving up control. For a band like As I Lay Dying, keeping a firm grasp on the reins is crucial; otherwise there’s the risk of the songs careening toward disaster, as all of the songs’ carefully interlocking parts fail one by one in a kind of Rube Goldberg-ian catastrophe. Fortunately… Read more on allmusic.com

About the Band

As I Lay Dying are a metal-hardcore crossover band from San Diego, California. The group formed as a trio in 2001 with vocalist Tim Lambesis, drummer Jordan Mancino, and guitarist Evan White, and shortly thereafter released Beneath the Encasing of Ashes. A split CD with the American Tragedy followed the next year. In 2003 the band signed with Metal Blade and released Frail Words Collapse. After the album’s release, White left the band and the remaining core of the group, Lambesis and Mancino, drafted two guitarists to replace him, Phil Sgrosso and Nick Hipa, and also landed a bass player in Clint Norris. The new lineup recorded Shadows Are Security, released in 2005. As I Lay Dying next issued A Long March: The First Recordings in May 2006, which included their 2001 out of print debut, along with two… Read more on allmusic.com

Tracks

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Cauterize
As I Lay Dying / Tim Lambesis
As I Lay Dying
                        3:37
2
A Greater Foundation
As I Lay Dying / Tim Lambesis
As I Lay Dying
                        3:46
3
Resilience
As I Lay Dying / Tim Lambesis
As I Lay Dying
                        4:07
4
Wasted Words
As I Lay Dying / Tim Lambesis
As I Lay Dying
                        4:20
5
Whispering Silence
As I Lay Dying / Tim Lambesis
As I Lay Dying
                        4:30
6
Overcome
As I Lay Dying / Tim Lambesis
As I Lay Dying
                        4:36
7
No Lungs to Breathe
As I Lay Dying / Tim Lambesis
As I Lay Dying
                        4:04
8
Defender
As I Lay Dying / Tim Lambesis
As I Lay Dying
                        4:04
9
Washed Away
As I Lay Dying / Tim Lambesis
As I Lay Dying
                        1:00
10
My Only Home
As I Lay Dying / Tim Lambesis
As I Lay Dying
                        4:05
11
Tear Out My Eyes
As I Lay Dying / Tim Lambesis
As I Lay Dying
                        4:37