As I Lay Dying are an American Metal Core
band that formed in 2000. They are named after the book of the same name
. They have released 6 albums, Awakened being their latest release. On their first there albums, they had a more standard sound, though they would add elements of Thrash Metal
in their music starting with "An Ocean Between Us", which has been so far been regarded by fans as their best work to date.
Frontman Tim Lambesis also runs the Comedy/Arnold Schwarzenegger
tribute band Austrian Death Machine, which plays Thrash Metal
/Crossover with the same metalcore influences as well as the Death Metal
On May 7, 2013, frontman Tim Lambesis was arrested for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife. He initially plead not guilty, but switched his plea to guilty on February 25, 2014. How this will affect the band remains to be seen.
- Tim Lambesis (lead vocals)
- Nick Hipa (guitars)
- Josh Gilbert (bass + vocals)
- Jordan Mancino (drums)
- Phil Sgrosso (guitars)
- Beneath the Encasing of Ashes (2001)
- Frail Words Collapse (2003)
- Shadows are Security (2005)
- An Ocean Between us (2007)
- The Powerless Rise (2010)
- Awakened (2012)
Tropes associated with this Band:
- Christian Metal: Subverted; the members themselves are Christian, but their lyrics aren't. Instead, the lyrics are based on relations, and inner struggles (though they do have spiritual undertones and the occasional biblical reference)
- Despite the lack of overt Christian references, they had embraced that label for most of their career, as all five members were Christian. However, many fans noticed that the lyrics to some tracks from Awakened expressed heavy skepticism and criticism of Christianity and religion and general. During his house arrest in 2013, Lambesis confirmed on his blog that he had lost his faith.
- Cover Version: "War Ensemble" by Slayer, "Electric Eye" by Judas Priest, and Coffee Mug by Descendants
- Darker and Edgier: Compared to other bands of the same genre.
- Drugs Are Bad: It turns out Lambesis was using steroids as an aid for his body building...needless to say, it didn't turn out well
- Five-Man Band
- La Résistance: The music video for The Sound of Truth.
- Lead Bassist: Josh is a type B and arguable type C as he is the most well known bassist in AILD's history.
- Lyrical Dissonance: The music itself is quite hard, even for Metalcore standards, but the lyrics are more on the depressing, sad side rather than on the aggressive one.
- Metal Scream: This is Lambesis's specialty.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: About a 9 most of the time,though they can hit a solid 10.
- New Sound Album: Arguable. The band stills play the same genre, but the thrash influences were heard in An Ocean Between Us.
- Took a Level in Badass: Lambesis◊ in 2010 compared to him in 2012◊. Yes, that's him.
- The Power of Rock: The music video for the cover of Electric Eye
- Soprano and Gravel: Tim Lambesis does the harsh vocals while Josh Gilbert does the clean singing.
- Thrash Metal: They have elements of in in their recent work.
- Averted slightly with their latest record.