As I Lay Dying are an American Metalcore 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 two albums, they had a more standard sound, though they would add elements of Melodic Death Metal beginning with the widely acclaimed Shadows are Security and 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 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. During this time, 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. Lambesis was released near the end of 2016 and in 2017, Lambesis announced he would make new music under the As I Lay Dying name, with none of the other members involved. In 2018, to the shock of the metalcore community, the original lineup reunited and released the song "My Own Grave". They then resume touring together and released a new album in 2019 called Shaped by Fire.
- Tim Lambesis (lead vocals) (2000-)
- Nick Hipa (guitars) (2004-2014, 2018-)
- Josh Gilbert (bass + vocals) (2007-2014, 2018-)
- Phil Sgrosso (guitars) 2003-2014, 2018-)
- Jordan Mancino (drums) (2000-2014, 2018-)
- 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)
- Shaped By Fire (2019)
Tropes associated with this Band:
- Anti-Love Song: "Comfort Betrays"
- The Atoner: The rest of the band says Tim is a lot nicer person since getting out of jail than he was for the few years before that. This is even the main lyrical theme of Shaped by Fire.
- Breast Expansion: 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.
- Not Christian Rock: 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.
- 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; they were slightly heavier than most.
- 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
- Early Installment Weirdness: Beneath the Encasing of Ashes is far less melodic than their later works, with some Grindcore influences and Lambesis using the occasional Death Metal growl in addition to his usual screams. Overall, it sounded a lot like Zao, who were one of their biggest influences.
- Indecipherable Lyrics: Good luck trying to follow the lyrics on their first three albums without a lyric sheet.
- 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. He began with a type 3, but eventually moved toward type 1.
- 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 thrash influences began showing up in An Ocean Between Us.
- Took a Level in Badass: Compare Lambesis's look in 2010◊(he's the one in the center) to 2012◊. Yes, that's the same guy. Sadly, it also came with a huge Took a Level in Jerkass. He's since then been atoning since being released.
- The Power of Rock: The music video for the cover of Electric Eye has the band using their music to fight a giant scorpion.
- The Sociopath: 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. Ultimately subverted as Lambesis did learn from his misadventure and has done his best to mend bridges after being paroled.
- Soprano and Gravel: Tim Lambesis does the harsh vocals while Josh Gilbert does the clean singing.
- Start My Own: 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.
- Thrash Metal: Not a full-fledged example, nor even a partial example, but they had elements of in in their later work, but ditched it on their last album prior to Lambesis' arrest.
- Vocal Evolution: Starting with An Ocean Between Us, Tim Lambesis's voice became deeper, less phleghmy, and easier to understand.
- Vocal Tag Team: Of the Soprano and Gravel variety, with Lambesis providing the screams and Gilbert providing the singing.