Grammy®-nominated metal group AS I LAY DYING–whose last four albums have sold more than 1.3 million copies–will release their fifth full-length album THE POWERLESS RISE May 11 via Metal Blade Records.  The band is currently putting the final touches on THE POWERLESS RISE in their hometown of San Diego.

“We wanted to make sure our songwriting progressed and I feel we’ve achieved our goal in creating an album with greater intensity than any we’ve crafted before it,” explains AILD frontman TIM LAMBESIS. “We added layers and complexity to the melodies and yet we were able to do so without softening our sound like so many of our peers. Lyrically, The Powerless Rise includes some of the most straight-forward songs I’ve ever written. I can honestly say that I am more excited about The Powerless Rise than any release before it–I can’t wait to unleash it on our fans.”

THE POWERLESS RISE marks the follow-up to their critically acclaimed fourth album An Ocean Between Us (Metal Blade) which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Rock Chart and earned the group a Grammy® nomination for “Best Metal Performance” alongside metal heavyweights Slayer and King Diamond.

For the new album, the group re-teamed with producer Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage and mixer Colin Richardson who they’d previously worked with on An Ocean Between Us. The majority of THE POWERLESS RISE was recorded and mixed at Lambesis Studios–studio of AILD lead singer TIM LAMBESIS–in San Diego.

AS I LAY DYING–NICK HIPA (guitar), TIM LAMBESIS (vocals), JORDAN MANCINO (drums), PHIL SGROSSO (guitar) and JOSH GILBERT (bass)–also joined forces with artist/musician Jacob Bannon (Converge) to create the cover artwork for THE POWERLESS RISE. Jacob designed the covers of the group’s three previous Metal Blade releases: An Ocean Between Us (Metal Blade, LP 2007), Shadows Are Security (Metal Blade, LP 2005) and Frail Words Collapse (Metal Blade, 2003). Check out the artwork for THE POWERLESS RISE here:

Following is the complete track listing for THE POWERLESS RISE:

  1. Beyond Our Suffering
  2. Anodyne Sea
  3. Without Conclusion
  4. Parallels
  5. The Plague
  6. Anger and Apathy
  7. Condemned
  8. Upside Down Kingdom
  9. Vacancy
  10. The Only Constant Is Change
  11. The Blinding Of False Light

Fans will get a taste of the new album when the San Diego-based group performs live on the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which tapes April 8 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and airs May 22 on Vh1 Classic.  They’ll appear alongside Rob Zombie, Fear Factory, The Devil Wears Prada, and Brian Posehn’s all-star band featuring Scott Ian, Brendon Small, John Tempesta and Joey Vera plus Zakk Wylde (in a special performance). Next, AS I LAY DYING will launch a headlining U.S. tour with Demon Hunter, blessthefall and War of Ages on April 29. AS I LAY DYING have solidly built their fan base by playing thousands of shows with: Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold, Mastodon, Atreyu, Killswitch Engage, Every Time I Die, Deftones and In Flames, to name a few. The group has performed on the main stage of most of the major rock festivals around the world including the Vans Warped Tour, Sounds of the Underground, Bamboozle, Ozzfest, Taste of Chaos, Cornerstone, Wacken and the Download Festival.

For the latest news on AS I LAY DYING, check out the group’s redesigned website: www.asilaydying.com.

Following is the AS I LAY DYING discography:

*This Is Who We Are (Metal Blade, DVD 2009) *RIAA platinum
An Ocean Between Us (Metal Blade, LP 2007)
Shadows Are Security (Metal Blade, LP 2005)
Frail Words Collapse (Metal Blade, 2003)
A Long March: The First Recordings (Metal Blade, LP recorded in 2001, 2002, reissued in 2006)

AS I LAY DYING U.S. headlining tour with Demon Hunter, blessthefall and War of Ages (see dates below or click here: http://www.msopr.com/?q=node/5333/3).

DATE CITY VENUE
Fri 3/26 Auckland, NZ Transmission Room
Sun 3/28 Perth, AU Amplifier
Mon 3/29 Adelaide, AU Enigma Bar
Tue 3/30 Melbourne, AU Corner Hotel
Wed 3/31 Sydney, AU Annandale Hotel
Thu 4/1 Newcastle, AU Cambridge Hotel
Sat 4/3 Toowoomba, AU Easterfest
Thu 4/29 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
Fri 4/30 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
Sat 5/1 Lubbock, TX Cactus Courtyard
Sun 5/2 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
Mon 5/3 Des Moines, IA Peoples Court
Tue 5/4 Springfield, MO Remington’s Downtown
Wed 5/5 Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall *Demon Hunter and War of Ages with special guest TBA
Thu 5/6 Richmond, VA The National
Fri 5/7 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
Sat 5/8 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre
Sun 5/9 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s Theatre
Mon 5/10 Nashville, TN Rocketown
Tue 5/11 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
Wed 5/12 Minneapolis, MN The Cabooze
Thu 5/13 Kansas City, MO Beaumont Club
Fri 5/14 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
Sat 5/15 Magna, UT The Great Salt Air
Sun 5/16 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
Mon 5/17 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
Tue 5/18 Eugene, OR McDonald Theater
Thu 5/20 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
Fri 5/21 San Diego, CA SOMA
Sat 5/22 Las Vegas, NV

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