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Strange, but what isn't in the world of indie metal? As I Lay Dying releases, A Long March: The First Recordings via Metal Blade, which includes their debut album, Beneath the Encasing of Ashes, and their follow-up EP As I Lay Dying (recorded as a split with American Tragedy), only to precede that material with re-recorded versions of the EP material. Certainly the band had progressed considerably during that time, but by putting the best stuff first, it leaves plenty of room for an aesthetic let-down — which certainly happens — but what's done is done. Beneath the Encasing of Ashes and its follow-up were recorded for the tiny Pluto Records label in California.. The lineup at that time was vocalist/guitarist Tim Lambesis, drummer Jordan Mancino, and then-guitarist Evan White. Given the tiny budget the original recordings were made on, A Long March: The First Recordings sounds surprisingly clean, although the drum sounds are a bit muddy and sheeny in the cymbal end. But the guitars come off suitably crunchy. The brevity of the tunes on the debut is itself refreshing, with nearly everything falling below three minutes and offering a sledgehammer quotient to the entire album. Highlights are "Forced to Die," "Breath in the Eyes," and "Refined by Your Embrace." By the time they issued EP the songs had already begun stretching to over four minutes, though the material itself is solid: "The Beginning" and the closer "Forever" being highlights. Yet again, the newer versions are indeed superior. For fans who came to the band after these fine slabs went out of print, this is your chance.

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As i lay dying is the sweetes flippin band there is!!! They have sweet metal and they have good christian values and songs!!! Tim Lambesis says,"we named this album for God's Faithfulness and our lack of." There could not be a better message!! They are hardcore headbangers with a christian passion!!! the cd though is sweet!! There is not a bad song!! they are all hard and lots of the cd sounds like there cd shadows are security!!! the song Forever on hear it he best song on the album but there are blenty of other awesome songs!!


Not what I expected from one of my favorite bands. As I Lay Dying have blown me away with Frail Words Collapse and Shadows Are Security but this album just didn't cut it. For those who don't know, this album contains the tracks that As I Lay Dying recorded before they released Frail Words. To me, the reason As I Lay Dying is so great is because of the guitar melodys and the breaks.Of course, the vocals are good too but the music is what I love about this band. This album shys away from that idea a little bit. There is less melody, shorter songs, and the vocals, in my opinon, are not that great at all. There are a few good tracks on this album however I wouldn't reccommend this to many people other than perhaps hardcore AILD fans.

One of the best bands ever.

I started listening to AILD my Sophmore year of High School when I was getting into heavier music. When I first listened to them I wasn't really sure what to think. I had to listen to it a few times but after that, I was hooked. If you like hard music that can get you're adriniline going AILD will do it for you. I sugest listening to the tracks Forever and Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier.


Formed: 2001 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

As I Lay Dying are a metal-hardcore crossover band from San Diego, California. The group formed as a trio in 2001 with vocalist Tim Lambesis, drummer Jordan Mancino, and guitarist Evan White, and shortly thereafter released Beneath the Encasing of Ashes. A split CD with the American Tragedy followed the next year. In 2003 the band signed with Metal Blade and released Frail Words Collapse. After the album's release, White left the band and the remaining core of the group, Lambesis and Mancino, drafted...
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A Long March: The First Recordings, As I Lay Dying
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: May 16, 2006

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