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As I Lay Dying

Kickstand Productions Proudly Presents

As I Lay Dying

Clocks, Degrade The Signal, Black Apathy, The Third Temple

Mon, July 23, 2012

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Castle Theatre

Bloomington, IL

$15.00

This event is all ages

As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying
It's hard to believe that a veteran metal band like San Diego's As I Lay Dying could be just hitting their stride now, some 10 years and five full-lengths into an already stellar career. Still, even after just one listen to the quintet's latest, The Powerless Rise, you can't ignore the obvious: One of modern metal's best just got better.

Similar to their approach on 2007′s Grammy-nominated An Ocean Between Us, the band chose to employ the production prowess of Adam D. and record a majority of the album at singer Tim Lambesis' own private studio. The end result is The Powerless Rise; the first true collaborative effort between the current AILD lineup.

Although they didn't know it at first, the band's creative potential kicked into overdrive with the introduction of bassist/singer Josh Gilbert in 2007, who played on Ocean but was not involved with the writing. For the previous two albums, the brunt of the instrumental development was spearheaded by guitarist Phil Sgrosso, whose penchant for melody and riff-conjuring suited the notoriously powerful drum stylings of drummer Jordan Mancino, complimented the lead guitar work of Nick Hipa, and exacted Lambesis's vision for the bands' overall intensity. The aforementioned format remained the same on Powerless but with the addition of Gilbert's musical contribution, added yet another facet to an already established creative dynamic. The result is an album built upon the strength of its parts and the remarkable ways in which those parts become a cohesive whole.

For this current round of lyrics, Lambesis gravitated toward a concept centrally represented in the song "Upside Down Kingdom," which posits that the suffering of the world stems from the broken, upside-down nature of society. In addition to providing the line that became the album's title, the song lays out the guiding premise behind many of The Powerless Rise's ideological excursions—the notion that if we do the opposite of what the modern world tells us, many of the problems this current world causes will no longer exist. Lambesis stresses that rather than fill an album with bitter ranting, he's attempting to offer a solution with Powerless.

So yes, it may come as a surprise to some that AILD would attain an entirely new level of artistry and urgency with their fifth release Powerless when many others might consider phoning it in, but once you appreciate all the various ingredients essential to the album, it's no shock at all. By taking the trademark AILD sound then adding a band-wide effort and Lambesis' novel approach to writing lyrics, the group has truly outdone themselves on The Powerless Rise, at least for now.
Degrade The Signal
Degrade The Signal
Degrade The Signal is a hard rock/metal band hailing from Danville, Illinois. They've quickly grown a solid fan base with their explosive live shows sharing the stage with heavyweights such as Nonpoint, Otherwise, Shadows Fall, Adelitas Way, Diecast, Soil, Jackyl, Eye Empire, Dirge Within, Saving Abel, Papa Roach, Straight Line Stitch, As I Lay Dying, 40 Below Summer, Sevendust, and many others. Their debut album was recorded by producer Erik Nelson (Mudvayne/ Mindset Evolution) at Eclipse Studios and released on December 13th, 2013. The bands first single titled "Deceit" is currently in rotation at several rock stations throughout the Midwest. They've received several show sponsorships from major brands such as Monster Energy and Budweiser. They were the featured new artist in Project Fresh Magazine and the official house band of 94.9 K-Rock. Degrade The Signal is endorsed by Deathgrip Clothing and managed by Centrill 74 Entertainment. Visit their Reverbation page and be sure to check out upcoming tour dates!
The Third Temple
Venue Information:
The Castle Theatre
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
http://www.thecastletheatre.com/