As I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by vocalist Tim Lambesis, the band’s first full lineup (including Lambesis’ Point of Recognition bandmate Jordan Mancino) was completed in 2001. The band has released seven albums, one split album, and two compilation albums. In 2018, Lambesis reunited with Hipa, Sgrosso, Mancino, and Gilbert. On June 8, 2018, the band released the song “My Own Grave”, their first recording in six years. They released their seventh studio album, Shaped by Fire, on September 20, 2019. Here are all of As I Lay Dying albums ranked.
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6. Shadows Are Security (2005)
This album is excellent and every song is memorable and it’s one of the albums that define the band, heavy & relentless. I do not care if they’re a Christian band I like good metal. However I don’t like overly preachy bands but these guys are good (altho Tim Lambesis was charged with attempting to kill his wife, allegedly) But who cares that is metal!”
5. Awakened (2012)
“The screaming is of a thousand trumpets summoning for the worlds end. The guitars shriek with such power it could shape a mouton into a loin ripping out its preys heart. The drums could crush said mouton with such force forging a diamond so dense a black hole could be put to shame. No one hears the bass but I’m sure it kicks as much rear as the rest of the band.”
4. The Powerless Rise (2010)
“I liked “The Powerless Rise” from the first listen, and find that 10 months later, I love it more and more each time. You know how when you listen to a great album by a great band, and you feel satisfaction when the opening chords of one of their classics comes over the speakers? I felt that way when I’d put my playlist on shuffle and something from “Shadows” or “Ocean” came on. I now get that satisfying feeling when something from “The Powerless Rise” is played. It is moving into that “classic” stage. Not many bands can put out great album, after great album like AILD has done.”
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3. Shaped By Fire (2019)
“This album is incredible. Every song is good and catchy and the production is top notch. I can’t say enough good things about this album. What a triumphant return from the best in the genre and I wish these guys all the best and continued success. Only small critique would be a little more bass presence because Josh’s tone is amazing and he is such a big member of the band.”
2. Frail Words Collapse (2003)
“Tim Lambesis’ vocals on this album are mainly screamed as he just goes right for the throat with his harsh and throat-shredding yells and brutal growls that flow relentlessly over a constant onslaught of heavy, blisteringly fast, yet technical and melodic riffs and leads, and bone-crushing breakdowns, pummeling bass, and blasting double bass drumming.”
1. An Ocean Between Us (2007)
“”An Ocean Between Us” is just as good as the previous album. It doesn’t have the rawness that pervaded “Frail Words Collapse,” yet the relentless onslaught remains. The lyrics, as always, are thought-provoking, full of symbolism, and the music has some new things while not deviating too far from their established sound. I still haven’t decided if this is better than SAS, but it hasn’t worn out yet. I’m still listening, still discovering new things, still loving AILD.”