As I Lay Dying are an American MetalCore band that formed in 2000. They are named after [[Literature/AsILayDying the book of the same name]]. They have released 6 albums, Awakened being their latest release. On their first two albums, they had a more standard sound, though they would add elements of MelodicDeathMetal beginning with the widely acclaimed ''Shadows are Security'' and ThrashMetal 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[=/=]Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger tribute band Austrian Death Machine, which plays ThrashMetal[=/=]Crossover with the same metalcore influences as well as the DeathMetal band Pyrithion

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 eventually switched his plea to guilty and was sentenced to six years in prison on May 16, 2014. The band is currently on hiatus, with Lambesis and Mancino being the only members who are technically still a part of it (Mancino didn't quit like the rest of the members because him and Lambesis share the name rights as original members). The remaining members went on to form Wovenwar with Shane Blay of Oh, Sleeper (in addition to Sgrosso's side project Poison Headache, which eventually became his main band after he split with Wovenwar) and have been met with a decent amount of success. In 2017, Lambesis announced he would make new music under the As I Lay Dying name, with none of the other members involved.

!!!Current Members
* Tim Lambesis (lead vocals) (2000-)

!!!Notable Past Members

* Nick Hipa (guitars) (2004-2014)
* Josh Gilbert (bass + vocals) (2007-2014)
* Phil Sgrosso (guitars) 2003-2014)
* Jordan Mancino (drums) (2000-2014)

* ''Beneath the Encasing of Ashes'' (2001)
* ''Frail Words Collapse'' (2003)
* ''Shadows are Security'' (2005)
* ''[[NewSoundAlbum An Ocean Between us]]'' (2007)
* ''The Powerless Rise'' (2010)
* ''Awakened'' (2012)
!!Tropes associated with this Band:
* AntiLoveSong: "Comfort Betrays"
* BreastExpansion: In 2016, Lambesis sued a medical team for not allowing him to take his prescription, which would combat the side effects of steroid withdrawal. As a result, he developed gynecomastia.
* ChristianMetal / NotChristianRock: Despite the lack of overtly religious lyrics, they had embraced the "Christian band" 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. After the events that led to his arrest and guilty plea, Tim elaborated that a severe crisis of faith had caused him to briefly identify as an atheist, and that he had since returned to the faith.
* CoverVersion: "War Ensemble" by Music/{{Slayer}}, "Electric Eye" by Music/JudasPriest, and Coffee Mug by Descendants
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to other bands of the same genre.
* DrugsAreBad: It turns out Lambesis was using steroids as an aid for his body building...needless to say, [[http://www.ryansrockshow.com/php2/news/13773-tim-lambesis-bail-lowered-admits-to-steroid-use.html it didn't turn out well]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Beneath the Encasing of Ashes'' is far less melodic than their later works, with some {{Grindcore}} influences and Lambesis using the occasional DeathMetal growl in addition to his usual screams.
* IndecipherableLyrics: Good luck trying to follow the lyrics on their first three albums without a lyric sheet.
* LaResistance: The music video for The Sound of Truth.
* LeadBassist: Josh is a type B and arguable type C as he is the most well known bassist in AILD's history.
* LyricalDissonance: 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.
* MetalScream: This is Lambesis's specialty. He began with a type 3, but eventually moved toward type 1.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: About a 9 most of the time,though they can hit a solid 10.
* NewSoundAlbum: Arguable. The band stills play the same genre, but thrash influences began showing up in An Ocean Between Us.
* TookALevelInBadass: [[http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/25069897/Tim+Lambesis+TimLambesis1.jpg Lambesis]] in 2010 compared to him in [[http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/579555_204455583009292_152128986_n.jpghttp://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/579555_204455583009292_152128986_n.jpg 2012]]. Yes, that's him. Sadly, it also came with a ''huge'' TookALevelInJerkass.
* ThePowerOfRock: The music video for the cover of Electric Eye has the band using their music to fight a giant scorpion.
* TheSociopath: After his arrest, Hipa publicly called Lambesis a psychopath and said that the behavior on display was not new, and that while they never expected him to go ''quite'' that far, it wasn't inconceivable.
* SopranoAndGravel: Tim Lambesis does the harsh vocals while Josh Gilbert does the clean singing.
* StartMyOwn: Hipa, Sgrosso, Gilbert, and Mancino all started Wovenwar with Shane Blay of Oh, Sleeper after Lambesis' arrest, while Sgrosso additionally helped found Poison Headache and later split with Wovenwar to focus on it.
* ThrashMetal: They have elements of in in their recent work.
** Averted slightly with their latest record.
* VocalEvolution: Starting with ''An Ocean Between Us'', Tim Lambesis's voice became deeper, less phleghmy, and easier to understand.