As I Lay Dying Biography
Blending hardcore-Metal and Grindcore, As I Lay Dying started when long time friends, vocalist Tim Lambesis and guitarist Evan White met drummer Jordan Mancino in San Diego, California USA, in February 2001.
Within months the three hit the studio to record "Beneath The Encasing Of Ashes"; the album, issued on Pluto Records in June 2001, became the top selling label's release.
Ready to move forward, As I Lay Dying first recorded some new songs for a split CD and in February of 2003 they signed with Metal Blade Records; the band's sophomore full-length disc, "Frail Words Collapse", arrived in July that same year, it climbed into the top 30 of the Billboard's Independent Albums chart and went on to be a label best-seller, surpassing 210,000 units sold.
After Evan White's departure, Lambesis and Mancino drastically revised
the line-up of the band, adding two guitarists, Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso
and a bass player, Clint Norris.
In June 2005 the quintet released "Shadows Are Security" which further spotlighted As I Lay Dying as one of most influential bands to break out of the underground Metal scene. Their high-profile, marathon tour cycle found the band as one of the featured attractions on the Ozzfest 2005 side stage, then as part of the second annual Taste Of Chaos trek in winter 2006 along with Deftones and Thrice; their third album shot to #1 on the U.S. Top Independent chart and also peaked at #35 on The Billboard 200.
In August 2007 As I Lay Dying issued its fourth album, "An Ocean Between Us", it was recorded with new bassist Josh Gilbert, who replaced Norris who left to get married and settle down. The CD achieved a career-best peak of #8 on The Billboard 200.
The metalcore quintet returned in May 2010 with the release of their next record, "The Powerless Rise". The disc, which included the single "Beyond Our Suffering", debuted at #10 on The Billboard 200 and at #11 on the Top Canadian Albums chart.
As I Lay Dying are going to be releasing its sixth album, "Awakened", on September 25, 2012. The band has already shot a music video for the record's first single, "A Greater Foundation".