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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.

Latest As I Lay Dying News

Below is our complete As I Lay Dying news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge Details

MTV2 and Roadrunner Records have announced the release of the third installment in the successful series – MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL: THE REVENGE. The low priced, double-disc is due in stores on April 11, 2006.

On the heels of the Gold certification of the first installment, MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 1 and the success with MTV2 HEADBANGERS BALL, VOLUME 2, MTV2 and Roadrunner Records once again set out to gather the very best in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. The result is more than 2 1/2 hours of music on 2 CDs: disc one represents the strongest tracks from today's biggest rock bands, and disc two brings together the strongest up-and-comers from the underground rock scene.

In addition to the genre-defining anthems that represent the best of the show, there are enough rare and unreleased tracks to satisfy tastemaker metal fans as well. Packed with a total of 38 hard-charging tracks, this collection has 7 exclusive offerings. They include the Terry Date mix of Slipknot's "Before I Forget", and the live recording of Killswitch Engage's "A Bid Farewell", which both see their first CD release on this compilation. Other exclusives are brand new tracks from Hatebreed and Walls Of Jericho, both of which were written especially for this release (Hatebreed's lead vocalist, Jamey Jasta, is the host of the Headbangers Ball program on MTV2). A video for the Hatebreed track, entitled "To The Threshold", will air on video channels in March. A side project of Jasta's, Kingdom of Sorrow (which also includes members of Down, Crowbar and Seemless), also throws a brand new track into the ring. The compilation beat Dragonforce and 36 Crazyfists' record releases to the punch with fresh new tracks from these up-and-comers.


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As I Lay Dying To Re-release First Recordings

As I Lay Dying are re-releasing their first two recordings, previously out on Pluto Records. "Beneath the Encasing of Ashes," which was recorded two months after the band started, and the split EP songs, which were recorded a year later, will both be re-released on one CD. Additionally, the album will likely include a new version of the song "Reinvention," which the band intends to record in February. Look for the effort to hit stores in May via Metal Blade Records.

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As I Lay Dying Changes Salt Lake City Venue

Due to structural problems to the original venue, As I Lay Dying's December 14th gig at the Salt Lake City, UT show has been moved to Lo-Fi Cafe at 165 S West Temple.,

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Hard Rock/Metal Musicians Remember Dimebag Darrell

MTV News spoke with members of some 30 hard rock and metal bands about the Dimebag they remember. They told MTV how much he'd meant to them, they shared fond memories and spoke of the impact he made on their lives and their music. Here are several excerpts from the article:

David Draiman - frontman, Disturbed: "During our second Ozzfest, we were holed up in Dallas for about two or three days ... hanging out at Dime's place — it was an eclectic house. There's all kinds of Pantera memorabilia and Dimebag memorabilia all over the place. But you could never make the mistake of falling asleep at Dime's. He'd wake you up the way he always did: with firecrackers. He'd always set off an entire chain of firecrackers not two inches from my head. One time ... Dime took us to a strip club where we all judged a bikini contest. There was never a wrong time in the day for Dime to hit a strip club. ... Dime was just this character who was very easy to love. He didn't have a bad bone in his body, and was ready to give you the shirt off his back at all times. It was his mission in life to make sure every single moment you spent with him was the best moment of your life. He was selfless."

Zakk Wylde - frontman, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society: "Whenever you were around Dime, there was never a boring moment. He was the coolest guy on the planet. He was an even better person than he was a guitar player, if that's even possible. Whenever me and him would hook up, forget about it, bro. We'd always have to have a spare kidney, liver and pancreas on ice."

Brian Fair - frontman, Shadows Fall: "Dime seemed to have a real problem with the clock on our tour bus. It all started with his tour manager trying to tell him it was time to leave. ... We were having a good old time and Dime didn't want to go to bed. So, as soon as he was told it was time to leave, he grabbed the clock off of the wall and screams at the top of his lungs, 'There is no time!' and he smashed his hand right through it. The clock was made of glass and metal, and shrapnel flew everywhere. He went through three clocks on our bus like that. Anytime anyone tried to tell him it was time to go, he'd destroy the clock. He didn't want to end the party — he wanted it to keep going. We kept replacing the clock because we wanted to see what happened next."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Taste of Chaos 2006 Tour Dates Announced

The initial tour dates for the 2006 Taste of Chaos tour, a near two-month jaunt featuring Adair, As I Lay Dying, Atreyu, Deftones, Dredg, Greeley Estates, Millionaire, Pelican, Silverstein, Story of the Year, Street Drum Corps, The Confession, The Receiving End of Sirens, and Thrice, have been announced.

The tour — nicknamed "Winter Warped" during its inaugural run last year — kicks off in San Diego on February 16 and snakes its way throughout the U.S. and Canada before coming to an end April 15 in Montreal.

A special ticket pre-sale begins Friday; fans can visit TasteOfChaos.com for more information.

Last year's version of Taste featured headliners the Used and My Chemical Romance and was so popular that it spawned a European sequel of sorts, also headlined by the Used, plus a tour-spanning DVD and a charity holiday comp, Taste of Christmas.

Here are the Taste of Chaos 2006 tour dates, according to event organizers: More...

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Taste Of Chaos 2006 More Bands Announced

More bands have been confirmed for 2006's Taste of Chaos Tour. The trek, which will be headlined the DEFTONES, will include performances by the following acts on select dates (in alphabetical order):


Taste of Chaos Tour is scheduled to kick off February 15. A launch party will be held on December 10 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, featuring performances by the STREET DRUM CORPS, GYM CLASS HEROES and BLEED THE DREAM, among others.

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As I Lay Dying Adds Minneapolis Date

As I Lay Dying have added a Minneapolis date to their upcoming headling tour. Also, special guest Inked in Blood has been added to two of AILD's shows. The tour dates with new information are:

Dec. 11 Minneapolis, MN - The Quest Club (w/ Norma Jean, Madball, & A Life Once Lost)
Dec. 16 Seattle, WA - El Corazon (w/ Norma Jean, A Life Once Lost, & Inked in Blood)
Dec. 17 Portland, OR - Loveland (w/ Norma Jean, A Life Once Lost, & Inked in Blood)

In other AILD news, the video for "Through Struggle" is online at www.Zambooie.com. Click the link and scroll down to the video section.

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As I Lay Dying Launch Song Poll

As I Lay Dying have launched a poll where you can vote for the songs you'd like to hear on their headlining tour. The songs you can bote for are:

Controll is Dead
The Truth of My Perception
Losing Sight


Click here to vote.

Upcoming AILD upcoming tour dates with Norma Jean, Madball and A Life Once Lost: More...

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As I Lay Dying Announce More Headlining Dates

As I Lay Dying have announced some more dates for their upcoming headlining tour with Norma Jean, Madball and A Life Once Lost. Tour dates so far:

Nov. 26 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Nov. 27 Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
Nov. 28 Norfolk, VA - The Norva
Nov. 29 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Dec. 01 Latham, NY - Saratoga Winners
Dec. 02 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero (with Sworn Enemy)
Dec. 03 Buffalo, NY - Sphere
Dec. 05 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
Dec. 06 Cleveland, OH - Odeon
Dec. 07 Detroit, MI - Clutch Cargo's
Dec. 08 Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
Dec. 09 Sauget, IL - Pops
Dec. 10 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Dec. 11 TBA
Dec. 13 Denver, CO - Odgen Theatre
Dec. 14 Magna, UT - The Great Salt Air
Dec. 16 Seattle, WA - El Corazon (guest band TBA)
Dec. 17 Portland, OR - Loveland (guest band TBA)
Dec. 18 San Francisco, CA 2 Slims
Dec. 19 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
Dec. 21 Hollywood, CA - The Avalon

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Watch As I Lay Dying's 'Through Struggle' Video

As I Lay Dying are out with the video to their new single 'Through Struggle', from the album 'Shadows Are Security'. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.

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As I Lay Dying Added To Taste of Chaos Tour

More details regarding Deftones' upcoming Taste Of Chaos tour have been disclosed. According to MTV, the trek will feature headliners Deftones, in addition to support from As I Lay Dying, Atreyu, Thrice, and Story Of The Year, with opening stints from Funeral For A Friend and Circa Survive. The tour will kick off in mid-February, with a full schedule to be revealed in the near future.

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As I Lay Dying Plan Radio Appearances

As I Lay Dying’s Tim, Nick and Phil will be making in studio appearances in the tri-state area next week. On Tuesday November 1st listen in for an interview with the guys on WSOU 89.5 FM in South Orange, NJ. You can also listen at www.nj.com/wsou.

And, on Friday November 4th catch another interview with the guys on Sirius Satellite’s Hard Attack at 7pm EST or catch the re-airing on November 6th at 1pm EST. Enter to win tickets to see As I Lay Dying, Unearth and Slipknot at Sirius.com.

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More Slipknot Cancellations, Philly Rescheduled

Due to Shawn "Clown" Crahan's father passing away, SLIPKNOT has been forced to postpone its Philadelphia~~, PA (10/27 and 10/28) and cancel its New York, NY (10/30, 10/31 and 11/1) and Lewiston, ME (11/3) shows on its FINAL VOLUME tour.

The Philadelphia show will now take place on Tues Nov 8th. This date was previously slated to be that of the second show in Worcester, MA. The second Worcester date has been cancelled so that the Philly fans will have their fair chance to see the band. Any Philly fans who can't make the rescheduled show should try to attend the Atlantic City show on 11/9.

The tour will resume, with dates happening as scheduled, on 11/4 in Montreal, Canada.

All tickets will be refunded at point of purchase. The band deeply apologizes for all cancellations and changes.

There are no plans as yet for Unearth or As I Lay Dying to play during any of the cancelled show dates.

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Slipknot Cancel Philadelphia Tour Dates

SLIPKNOT have cancelled the Philedelphia dates (Oct. 27-28) on their current "Subliminal Verses Tour: The Final Volume" following the death of percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan's father. It is not presently clear if the group's scheduled performances at the Nokia Theatre in New York this weekend (Oct. 30-Nov. 1) will also be affected. At present time, Unearth and As I Lay Dying have no shows scheduled for those dates. More information will be made available soon.

SLIPKNOT have been touring the U.S. without guitarist Jim Root, who broke his wrist the day before the tour's Oct. 14 kickoff in Cincinnati. Root did the damage when he crashed while mountain biking. He'll be in a cast for at least six weeks and it's unknown if he'll be able to join the band on any of the remaining dates.

SLIPKNOT's live album, "9.0: Live" album, is scheduled for release on November 1 via Roadrunner Records (one day earlier internationally).

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New As I Lay Dying Video To Debut On MTV2

As I Lay Dying's new video for "Through Struggle" will debut this Saturday, October 29th at 10pm on MTV2 Headbangers Ball.

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Slipknot Guitarist Breaks Wrist, Tour Continues

SLIPKNOT guitarist Jim Root has reportedly been forced to sit out the early part of the band's current "Subliminal Verses Tour: The Final Volume" after breaking his wrist a couple of days prior to the tour's kick-off on Friday, October 14 in Cincinnati, Ohio. At last night's (Oct. 15) show in Grand Rapids, MI, SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor explained the reason for Root's absence before adding, "We had two options, so we have decided to go on playing without Jim... because there is no fucking way we are going to cancel the show!"

According to one attendee, SLIPKNOT, minus one, again proved they are one of the greatest live acts ever, ripping through classics like "Spit It Out", "Disasterpieces", "People=Shit", and "The Blister Exists". No details were given on when Root would return.

On another note, LAMB OF GOD vocalist Randy Blythe joined openers UNEARTH during their set in Grand Rapids, singing along with UNEARTH frontman Trevor Phipps.

SLIPKNOT's live album, "9.0: Live" album, is scheduled for release on November 1 via Roadrunner Records (one day earlier internationally). The band will be signing copies of the CD on Tuesday, November 1 at the Best Buy store in New York City's Times Square (519 5th Ave at 44th Street). This unique first-come-first-served event begins promptly at 5 p.m. so make sure to be there early.

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As I Lay Dying To Tour w/ Norma Jean and Others

As I Lay Dying have booked a tour with Norma Jean, Madball and A Life Once Lost, here's the stops:
November 26th Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
November 27th Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
November 28th Norfolk, VA - The Norva
November 29th Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
December 3rd Buffalo, NY - Sphere
December 06th Cleveland, OH - Odeon
December 08th Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
December 09th Sauget, IL - Pops
December 13th Denver, CO - Odgen Theatre
December 14th Magna, UT - The Great Salt Air
December 16th Seattle, WA - El Corazon
December 17th Portland, OR - Loveland
December 18th San Francisco, CA 2 Slims
December 19th Anaheim, CA - House of Blues

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As I Lay Dying Shoot New Video

On September 18th As I Lay Dying teamed up with director Lex Halaby (Killswitch Engage, Mudvayne) to add "Through Struggle" to the AILD'S video arsenal.

Shot at the Morell Meats Lot, an abandoned meat locker near downtown Los Angeles , these eerie cement structures played as a backdrop to “Through Struggle” the emotionally charged second single off As I Lay Dying’s record breaking album ‘Shadows Are Security’. The video and song are tightly connected; bringing life to a concept that captures the strength of an intense and powerful song.

Band members and Lex collaborated on the unique and vividly dark concept drawing inspiration from a very specific stanza in the lyrics:

Only through struggle have I found rest
With a piece of me taken away
I begin to understand
Hollow out this machine like chest
With its gears that turn to make me feel
And assembled thoughts that fade away
Remove from me this deception that I called love

The strong imagery created during this shoot brings a new life to "Through Struggle." Tim Lambesis elaborates "Spending a whole day in an old abandoned meat locker may not sound like a good time, but we really could not be happier with how well the video shoot went with Lex Halaby and his crew. The content came out way better than we could have expected, the imagery really captured the song, and we can't wait for you all to see it."

Watch Out for “Through Struggle video programs across the air waves.

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AILD Get Ready For Euro Tour, Shoot New Video

As I Lay Dying have posted this message on their website:

"Well tonight we pack our bags and try to get some sleep before our long flight to Germany tomorrow to start our European tour. The last time we played club shows in Germany was back in November 2004 and the shows were awesome, so we can't wait to get back there. In the meantime we spent most of this past Sunday in an old abandoned meat locker in LA shooting our new video for the song Through Struggle with director Lex Halaby. The shoot went extremely well and we can't wait for you to see the video. In the meantime click here to check out some photos of the shoot. Take care...AILD"

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As I Lay Dying Comments On band Of The Year Award

AS I LAY DYING just won the Artist of the Year award at this year's San Diego Music Awards. We can't lie....this comes as a total surprise to us, especially when you consider the tough competition we were up against. But then again, considering the award was voted on by you the fans, and considering that AS I LAY DYING has the best fans in the world, maybe it's not a surprise after all. Thanks to all of you for the love and support you have given us. As always, we couldn't do it without you.....Love AILD

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