San Diego, California metallers AS I LAY DYING recently entered the studio to begin recording their fifth full-length album, "The Powerless Rise", for a spring release via Metal Blade Records. Guitarist Phil Sgrosso states, "We're about several last-minute pickscrapes/thunderchugs away from finishing ALL tracking for 'The Powerless Rise'.
"We've had [producer] Colin Richardson and his assistant Martyn 'Ginge' Ford out in San Diego working on mixes every day for about a month so far. It took a bit of time for us to get the guitar tone in the right place, but we've finally settled on something we all love and complements the drums and bass quite nicely. Josh [Gilbert] and Tim's [Lambesis] vocals are sounding great as well.
"Colin and Ginge are doing a killer job!
He adds, "Besides stopping by the studio a couple days a week, we've all been preparing to start up the next tour cycle. We've got an Australian/New Zealand run in late March, the Revolver [Gods] Awards April 8th in L.A., followed by a U.S. headliner that'll be going on right around the time our new record comes out.
"It's been nice being home most of the past year but it's time to get back out there with some new songs and an entirely new stage setup to intensify the live show. I've been missing that adrenaline rush from playing to our fans and I assure you the new songs will bring our live energy to a new level."
AS I LAY DYING's critically and commercially acclaimed release "An Ocean Between Us" landed the No. 8 position on the Billboard Top 200 chart its first week out, making it the highest rock debut on the chart that week. The band's first-ever DVD, "This is Who We Are", entered the Billboard Top Music Videos chart at the No. 2 position in the U.S. and the No. 3 position in Canada. The DVD is also certified platinum in the United States and Canada by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In addition, 2008 saw AS I LAY DYING earn a Grammy nomination for "Best Metal Performance" for the single "Nothing Left".