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Formed: 2001
From: San Diego, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active


In early 2001, vocalist Tim Lambesis began writing music and lyrics for what would become As I Lay Dying. After meeting up with guitar player Evan White and drummer Jordan Mancino the group decided to move forward as a three piece. A month later they hit the studio to record “Beneath the Encasing of Ashes” released on Pluto Records in June 2001. Following its release, the band completed a number of tours. Through persistence and hard work “Beneath the Encasing of Ashes” became the top selling Pluto release.

Ready to move forward, As I Lay Dying recorded five songs for a split release with American Tragedy. The evolved follow up caught the attention of a number of people including various record labels. After a 70-day summer tour, the band came home to prepare for the things ahead. In March of 2003 As I Lay Dying signed with Metal Blade Records while recording a full length entitled “Frail Words Collapse.”

This 12-song release features dynamic improvements in both songwriting and musicianship. “Frail Words Collapse” (July 1, 2003) is full of brutal and emotionally driven songs that transition seamlessly from precise melodies to neck snapping rhythms.

With the rigorous tour schedule a new record demands, Tim Lambesis and Jordan Mancino decided to solidify the lineup. After touring with a number of fill ins, As I Lay Dying became complete with the addition of musicians Clinton Norris, Phil Sgrosso, and Nicholas Hipa.

As I Lay Dying Interviews and Features

Below are our features and interviews with As I Lay Dying.


As I Lay Dying Celebrates A Decade Of Destruction

San Diego's As I Lay Dying hardly need an introduction by now. On the heels of their new compilation release "Decas," these titans of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal have now launched their milestone "Decade Of Destruction" tour. The ten prolific years under their belt have seen As I Lay Dying grow from humble underground metalcore origins into a major modern extreme metal force and a Grammy-nominated, bestselling music group.

I crossed paths with the band on the fourth date of "Decade Of Destruction" at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. Prior to showtime, I rendezvoused with drummer Jordan Mancino, who - together with frontman and bandleader Tim Lambesis - founded As I Lay Dying at the turn of the century. He reflected on his group's progress and accomplishments to date, the current tour, and plenty more, including hints of some exciting news for fans in 2012. More...

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Interview With Tim Lambesis

As I Lay Dying is one of those bands that simply gets better with age, instead of being crippled by it with each album becoming better than the last. Metalunderground finally got the opportunity to talk to Tim Lambesis about juggling two bands, his opinions of Arnold as governor, and which band he dreams of touring with. More...

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Chad Ackerman Talks Destroy The Runner Breakup

Vocalist Chad Ackerman has been around the metalcore block, providing vocals for iconic act As I Lay Dying as well as Arnold impersonations for the governator themed band Austrian Death Machine. For the last three years Chad has been working full time with Destroy the Runner, which was in the process of recording a third full-length album and follow up to 2008's "I, Lucifer." The band then unexpectedly broke up after a period of relative quiet, leaving the fans wondering what happened and what the fate of the new album would be.

Chad took some time to discuss the breakup and the recording that had been done so far on the third album. An audibly emotional Ackerman commented, "It was just sad how everything went down. I really wish we could release that third album or even just a song or two to say goodbye to fans, like a farewell to let them know how it sounded. Everyone went through a lot of work and it would be awesome to give those fans who were there from day one something to part with." He also discussed his reactivated band Chapter 14 and the circumstances behind the band's decision not to release the new Destroy the Runner album. More...

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Interview With Tim Lambesis From As I Lay Dying

Shortly after interviewing Phil from All That Remains on March 29, I interviewed As I Lay Dying singer, Tim Lambesis, about the the band, their touring life, their upcoming album and music in general. This is how it went down: More...

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