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|As I Lay Dying|
San Diego, California, United States
Metalcore, Melodic metalcore, Hardcore punk, Thrash metal
Souls of We, Point of Recognition, Edge of Mortality, Wovenwar, Please Mr. Gravedigger, Killswitch Engage, Sworn Enemy, Austrian Death Machine, Pyrithion, Society's Finest, Year One, Evelynn, Ivebeenshot, Mercury Switch, A Veil, Chapter 14, Count Your Curses, Destroy the Runner, Skratchline, Die Trying, Blood Has Been Shed, Red Tide, Unearth
As I Lay Dying is a metalcore band that formed out of San Diego, California in the United States. The band formed in 1998 as Against the Mark and later changed their name to Life Once Lost, and finally, As I Lay Dying. The band went through several lineup changes with Tim Lambesis (Vocals) and Jordan Mancino (Drums) remaining the constants. Controversy was sparked from Lambesis in 2014 when he attempted to have his then-wife killed, and the band was put on hiatus. However, in 2018, the band reunited and Lambesis expressed genuine remorse for his actions.
As I Lay Dying began in 1998 as Against the Mark, with the lineup of Tim Lambesis on Bass and Matt Carlson on Drums. The band later gained a full lineup. Around 2000, the band changed their name to Life Once Lost. However, the same year, Lambesis went to join Society's Finest, a band in Texas, while Life Once Lost was on a hiatus. He came back and the members went their own ways, which led to Lambesis hiring Jordan Mancino (ex-Edge of Mortality) as the band's new Drummer. The two got together and reformed the band under the new name of As I Lay Dying.
The two hired on Evan White on Lead Guitars, Jeremy Rojas on Rhythm Guitars and Noah Chase on Bass. The band performed their first show at a church by a show put on by Jesse Stock, a friend of the band's, alongside other Christian hardcore bands. Rojas was asked to depart after a few more shows.
Rojas was replaced by Chris Lindstrum and Ruben Gutierrez on Guitars. Chase was had not departed from the band, but was unable to go on tour. Tommy Garcia, a friend of the band's took over on Bass and Guitars throughout the tour, as Lindstrum departed from the band at this time as well. During one of the shows, the band performed as a three-piece, with Lambesis on Vocals and Bass, Mancino on Drums and Garcia on Guitars. Around this time, the band's official lineup, consisting of Lambesis, White and Mancino, recorded their debut album, Beneath the Encasing of Ashes and signed to Pluto Records for an album and an EP.
Chase officially departed following the tour, with Garcia taking over. Throughout the period of time, members were unable to join on tour, which resulted in many members filling in. Brandon Hays joined the band as their Bassist, along with Guitars from time to time. Chad Ackerman and Caylen Dennucio performed on a few tours with the band, until it was over, when both officially departed.
The band recorded a split EP at this time, with American Tragedy and the lineup of Lambesis, White, Mancino, Hays and Garcia. Following the split's release, Hays and Garcia departed from the band, being replaced by Aaron Kennedy and Jasun Krebs respectively and a returning Lindstrum. Kennedy departed and was replaced by Clint Norris, who was a friend from another band in Texas. Krebs was asked to depart from the band around this time as well. Mark Macdonald took over Guitars on tour, as White was unable to embark this time. During this era, the band sent out several contracts to major labels. At this time, Metal Blade Records sent a contract and signed the band. That year, the band recorded Frail Words Collapse, which included Lambesis, Mancino, Norris and signified Krebs' one and only performance and White's final performance with the band.
The lineup still shifted excessively. Macdonald had agreed to fill in as long as needed, but ultimately he would not commit to the band, as he had his own band, Mercury Switch. The band found Phil Sgrosso of Tomra, a local San Diego band, to take over Lead Guitars. Following Lindstrom' final show, Sgrosso joined as Lead Guitarist. The lineup at this time was Lambesis, Mancino, White, Norris and Sgrosso. However, three weeks after Sgrosso induction, White announced his departure from the band. Macdonald continued to fill-in, and referred the band to a friend of his. The friend was Nick Hipa, who at the time was in a band called Evelynn, which was a mathcore band. Hipa joined the band, after some convincing.
Shadows Are Security and An Ocean Between Us (2005-2008)
As I Lay Dying, with the lineup of Lambesis, Sgrosso, Hipa, Norris and Mancino, began to work on one of their most famous releases, the one where their notoriety began to launch. The band recorded the album, with Norris have minimal involvement with the release to where Sgrosso recorded Bass and Dave Arthur of Kings to You recorded Clean Vocals on the release. The album also featured Daniel Weydant (Zao, ex-Seasons in the Field, ex-Sower) as a Guest Vocalist on "Control is Dead". Norris was more known for his live performance energy and therefore had little to do with the songwriting. In 2006, the band released a compilation titled A Long March: The First Recordings, which featured many re-recorded songs for the compilation as well as the original versions.
Around this time, the band and Norris began to have a disconnect, which lead to him departing. He left the band before the band asked him to leave. The members stated that they were still great friends and perhaps better friends than when they were apart of the band. Following Norris' departure, the band began trying out new Bassists. They tried one out during the first half of a Bullet For My Valentine tour, however, the vocalist for Bullet For My Valentine fell ill and the remainder of the tour was postponed. During the postponed period, Lambesis received an email for his record label from This Endearing, a band that was considering signing, however broke up before too long. Lambesis, who had hoped to sign the group, extended the invitation for Josh Gilbert, the Bassist and Vocalist of that band, to join As I Lay Dying. After trying out on the remainder of the Bullet For My Valentine tour, he joined the band as their official Bassist.
With Gilbert on board, the band officially recorded their next album, An Ocean Between Us. The writing process, however, was finished before Gilbert joined the band. The album was recorded and produced by Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage and Times of Grace. The album was what got the band their highest point, reaching #8 on the Billboard Charts, with "Nothing Left" even receiving a Grammy Nomination. The band performed on the first half of Warped Tour in 2008, as Mancino's father was diagnosed with Terminal Cancer. In August 2008, the band performed at Wacken Festival in Germany, which was the band's biggest show.
This Is Who We Are, The Powerless Rise and Awakened (2009-2013)
The band released a DVD titled This Is Who We Are, which was a 2 hour long documentary of the band from 1998 to 2008, featuring commentary from the current lineup, former members, crew and friends of the band from over the years. The DVD also featured a live show for the band and several extras and bloopers. Following the release of the DVD, the new lineup began writing for their fifth studio album, titled The Powerless Rise. The album was again recorded with Dutkiewicz. The process was recorded and filmed to provide fans an inside view to the band's writing and recording process.
The release, recorded over the course of five months, was reviewed heavily. Many sites gave 4 out of 5 or 8 out of 10 rating reviews. While not as popular as An Ocean Between Us, the album still did somewhat well. In 2010, the band performed in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The band played a tour, the "Cool Tour", with Underoath, Between the Buried and Me, War of Ages, Architects, Cancer Bats, The Acacia Strain and Blessthefall.
In 2011, As I Lay Dying released an EP, titled Decas, which featured covers and remixes, three new tracks, and a re-recorded version of "Beneath the Encasing of Ashes" medley. Over the course of November to December 2011, the band embarked on the "Decade of Destruction" tour alongside Of Mice & Men, The Ghost Inside, iwrestledabearonce and Sylosis. On January 25, 2012, the band announced that they would be performing on the Mayhem Festival, alongside Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, Whitechapel, Upon A Burning Body, I, the Breather, Betraying the Martyrs and Dirtfedd. The next year, 2012, saw the release of the band's sixth studio album, Awakened, which was also filmed to provide fans with an inside view. The band received many reviews ranging from mixed to positive reviews. The band received "Metal Band of the Year" from Loudwire, beating out Anthrax and Lamb of God.
Lambesis' Arrest and Hiatus (2013-2016)
On May 7, 2013, Lambesis was arrested in Oceanside, California, in the United States after hiring an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife, Megghan Lambesis. The report was made by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and left the status of the band in a state of limbo. Because of this, the band were forced to cancel their tour with Killswitch Engage, as they decided they needed to stay and see it through and be there to support their friends. On February 25, 2014, Lambesis changed his plea from "not guilty" to "guilty" and consequently faced a potential of nine years in prison. Rather than continued As I Lay Dying without Lambesis, the remaining lineup decided to focus on a new project, Wovenwar, alongside Oh, Sleeper Guitarist/Vocalist Shane Blay.
During the period of Lambesis' trial, Lambesis made rude comments about how the band were never a Christian band and that they were atheists trying to make money off the Christian industry. The comments resorted in the "departure" of Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso and Josh Gilbert, with only Jordan Mancino remaining in the band alongside Lambesis. Hipa was the most vocally against Lambesis, stating several things against him. On May 16, 2014, Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison, with 48 days credit for time served. In October 2016, Mancino did an interview and stated that there was no bad blood between Lambesis and himself. In December 2016, it was announced that Lambesis was released from prison on probation.
Following his release, Lambesis began to reach out with his former band mates to make amends, starting with Mancino and Gilbert. After a long period of time, the two met with him and began speaking with him, noting that he had improved since their last interaction. Following his interaction with the two, he attempted to reach out to Sgrosso and Hipa, whose relationships were strained following Lambesis' actions and responses to events that happened and false claims he had made. Sgrosso responded to Lambesis' communications with the explicit instructions to not contact him. Sgrosso revealed that his disdain for Lambesis had started well before his arrest and took relief in not having to be in a band together any longer. Hipa's relationship with Lambesis had deteriorated due to dealing with the aftermath of the situation improperly. Hipa had initially remained friends with Lambesis, expressing empathy towards him in his courtroom apology. However, once reading Lambesis' interview with Alternative Press' Ryan Downey, Hipa read it as "one long excuse". After making his public apology, Sgrosso agreed to meet with Lambesis and claimed that Lambesis had developed into a different man than the declining one during the time of his arrest. Sgrosso and Hipa's relationship had been out of contact for a brief time, as Sgrosso had departed Wovenwar's lineup in 2016. Sgrosso reached out to Hipa and encouraged him to talk with Lambesis. Hipa agreed to do so, as a means to "let go of his hatred" and claimed that Lambesis took responsibility for every one of his actions he was called on.
As I Lay Dying was announced to continue, with Lambesis being the only confirmed member at the time. Lambesis performed Vocals, Cleans and Keyboards in that time period, with rumors of other members joining. However, it was stated that the lineup would not consist of any former members of the band. A year went by and a teaser of a new song was released. In the teaser, fans of the band spotted old members tattoos and theorized that the old lineup was returning. The theory was confirmed a few days later when the video for the single, "My Own Grave" was released on June 8, 2018. On June 11, 2018, the band announced their first show in five years at the SOMA Sidestage in San Diego, which sold out in four minutes. After their official reunion in February 2018 and writing the single, the band has no concrete plans, aside from releasing the single and performing at the SOMA show. On June 16, 2018, the band performed their first show in five years.
Following the release of the single, the band received much feedback with the release; much praise was received for the song, but the song also received open skepticism, relating to supporting Lambesis. MetalSucks.net released an article stating that they would no longer continue to write about As I Lay Dying. Many sites backed up MetalSucks decision. In July 2018, the band announced their first European headlining tour for December 2018. A day later, they announced their North American tour for November 2018. The band would later release two more singles, sign with Nuclear Blast Records, and announce their new album, Shaped by Fire.
- Tim Lambesis - Vocals (2000-2014, 2017-present), Bass (1998, 2002), Keyboards (2000-2003, 2017-2018)
- Nick Hipa - Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals (2004-2014, 2018-present)
- Phil Sgrosso - Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals, Keyboards (2003-2014, 2018-present)
- Josh Gilbert - Bass, Clean Vocals (2007-2014, 2018-present)
- Jordan Mancino - Drums (2000-2014, 2018-present)
- Evan White - Lead Guitars (2001-2003), Bass (2002-2003)
- Brandon Hays - Lead Guitars, Rhythm Guitars, Bass (2002-2003)
- Jeremy Rojas - Rhythm Guitars (2001)
- Tommy Garcia - Rhythm Guitars, Bass, Backing Vocals (2002-2003, 2003-2010; Session)
- Jasun Krebs - Rhythm Guitars (2002-2003)
- Jon Jameson - Bass (1998-2001)
- Noah Chase - Bass (2001, 2002-2003)
- Aaron Kennedy - Bass (2003)
- Clint Norris - Bass, Clean Vocals (2003-2006)
- David Arthur - Clean Vocals (2005)
- Chris Lindstrom - Lead Guitars (2001, 2003)
- Mark Macdonald - Lead Guitars (2003-2004)
- Ruben Gutierrez - Rhythm Guitars (2001)
- Chad Ackerman - Rhythm Guitars (2001-2002), Backing Vocals (2007)
- Justin Foley - Drums (2009)
- Duane Reed - Backing Vocals (2007)
- Joey Bradford - Backing Vocals (2012)
- Vaughn Lewis - Manager (2004-2014)
- Kenny Gabor - Manager (2004-2014)
- Kevin Puig - Tour Manager, Live Mixer (2005-2009)
- Kyle Rosa - Road Crew (2004-2009)
- Brandon Peterson - Road Crew (2004)
- "Baby" Joe Aguilar - Road Crew (2004-2009)
- Brandon Ward - Road Crew
- Joey Bradford - Road Crew
- Andrew "DayDay" Perez - Road Crew
- Matt J.R. - Road Crew
- Ricky Hunter - Road Crew (2005-2009)
- 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)
- As I Lay Dying / American Tragedy (2002; w/ American Tragedy)
- Decas (2011)
- This Is Who We Are (2009)
- A Long March: The First Recordings (2006)
- "94 Hours" (2003)
- "Forever" (2003)
- "Confined" (2005)
- "Through Struggle" (2005)
- "The Darkest Night" (2006)
- "Nothing Left" (2006)
- "The Sound of Truth" (2008)
- "Cauterize" (2012)
- "My Own Grave" (2018)
- "Redefined" (2019)
- "Shaped by Fire" (2019)
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