METAL BLADE UK has issued as follows:
“…their best album yet. It’s a high water mark for modern metal, and it’s going to wake up the entire genre.” (Five out of Five stars) —Rick Florino, ARTIST DIRECT, 09.24.12
Agoura Hills, CA – October 4th, 2012 – The brand new album, AWAKENED, from San Diego, CA’s devastating metal actAS I LAY DYING has debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #11, selling over 28,000 copies in it’s first week in the US alone. This is quite an accomplishment for the metal group who was up against five superstar new releases that all landed in the top ten. Other Billboard debuts include a #1 entry on the Hard Music chart (The Powerless Rise debuted at #3), #6 on the Rock Album chart where the band was up against releases from Mumford and Sons, Green Day, and No Doubt, and #3 on the Independent chart. In Canada, AWAKENED debuted at #12 on the Top 200 Current Album chart,#2 on the Hard Music chart, #11 on the Top Digital Albums chart, and entered iTunes charts for release date coming in at #1 on BOTH the Rock charts and Metal charts and #10 on the Top 200 Current Albums chart.
Chart entries for AWAKENED didn’t stop in North America though. In it’s first week of release in Germany, AWAKENEDcame in at #21 in German Media Markt / Saturn Charts and #47 in its second week. AWAKENED also landed the at #21 in the German Media Control Top 100 Album charts, which marks the best chart entry in Germany for AS I LAY DYING to date. Other notable European chart entries include landing at #26 on Austria Media Control Top 75 and #52 on Swiss Hitpararde.ch Top 100 with the album debuting in three UK charts including #134 on the Indie chart, #19 on the Rock Albums chart, and #10 on the Metal Albums chart marking the band’s highest sales in the territory to date.
“AWAKENED is the best As I Lay Dying album you can point to, as metal both modernized and maximized.” (Four out of Five stars) – Alternative Press
“There’s a reason As I Lay Dying are one of the most revered acts in modern metalcore. This is it.” – (Four out of Five Ks) – Kerrang!
“better crafted, more intoxicating songs than ever.” Metal Hammer
“they eschew the expected to make their best record in years.” Noisecreep.com
“It deserves to be heralded as one of the best, if not the best, releases of As I Lay Dying’s already highly-acclaimed career.” TheNewReview.com
“While delving into personal reflections with a confidence in creating bigger, stronger songs, the quintet have seemingly hit a stride in finding that realized balance in everything they’ve been crafting musically since Frail Words Collapse.” Absolute Punk
“On their sixth full-length album AWAKENED, As I Lay Dying channel the early years of the new millennium expertly. With full vigor and capability, the San Diego quintet race and plod their way through all of the guitar acrobatics, layered vocals, and concentrated drum accents anyone could ever ask for.” Metal Sucks
“Fast or slow, the guitar work is excellent throughout, with even more complex solos than Powerless, and some breathtaking leads on cuts like ‘Overcome.'” FearNet
“As I Lay Dying has managed to develop a sound that is consistent and recognizable. All the ingredients from past As I Lay Dying albums are on AWAKENED – a mix of harsh and melodic vocals, catchy hooks, palm-muted guitars and monster breakdowns. But, the band has refined and enhanced those ingredients, resulting in a highly polished product…if you want an expertly executed, well-written album, As I Lay Dying deliver the goods.” Loudwire
“As I Lay Dying never cease to amaze me with every release; they are one of the few bands that I’ve heard who can always maintain the sound that made them so popular, while still giving themselves room to grow… It’s potentially As I Lay Dying’s best album so far” 9/10 Metal Injection
“In the past decade, the metalcore band As I Lay Dying has risen to the upper echelon of the genre.” About.com
“AWAKENED may very well be one of their most impressive statements thus far.” Metal Observer
“They have somehow managed to write songs that are intense, brutal and at the same time, catchy.”BareBonesMusic.com
“In addition to the songs being more cohesive, AWAKENED features some of As I Lay Dying’s best guitar licks and vocal lines to date.” UnderTheGunReview.com
“I will say that this album is utter perfection in every sense of the word. AWAKENED is one of the greatest metal releases not just of 2012, but of all-time” MindEqualsBlown.com
“Overall, AWAKENED is a release that bridges the gap for what the future could represent for As I Lay Dying. Seeing a band not stick to a pre-determined formula is what is one of the most respectable outcomes of AWAKENED. It’s a job well done.” SMNnews.com
“it really is all killer – no filler.” DailyDischord.com
“If you want to mosh, cause some mayhem, and enjoy a great Metalcore album, AWAKENED is the album for you. You’re not going to be disappointed at all, I guarantee it.” Metal-Temple.com
“AWAKENED is a ridiculously catchy record.” HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com
“equal parts mixture of powerful and graceful.” BringOnMixedReviews.com
“From groovy and bouncier riffs, to machine-gun blast riffs, straight down to your break-down beats, this album is complete!” PeekFromThePit.com
For their new album AWAKENED, San Diego-based AS I LAY DYING–NICK HIPA (guitar), TIM LAMBESIS (vocals), JORDAN MANCINO (drums), PHIL SGROSSO (guitar) and JOSH GILBERT (bass)–holed up in the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO with renowned rock producer Bill Stevenson (Descendents) and mixer Colin Richardson. The group’s last LP, 2010’s The Powerless Rise, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #10, at #2 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #3 on Billboard’s Hard Music Albums Chart.
Next up for The Grammy®-nominated group, AS I LAY DYING will launch a European tour October 15 with Trivium, Caliban and Upon A Burning Body before returning to the U.S. to hit the road as a part of the 2012 Monster Energy Outbreak Tour.AS I LAY DYING will be joining headliners Asking Alexandria on the North American tour that kicks off in Edmonton, Alberta on November 16, and wraps on December 16 in Tampa, Florida with support coming from Suicide Silence, Memphis May Fire and Attila.
AS I LAY DYING
Tour w/ Trivium, Caliban, Upon A Burning Body
10/15 Manchester, UK Ritz
10/16 Glasgow, UK ABC
10/17 Birmingham, UK Institute
10/19 Bristol, UK Academy
10/20 Norwich, UK UEA
10/21 London, UK Shephards Bush Empire
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