Metal Blade Records has set a May 11 North American release date for "The Powerless Rise", the fifth full-length album from San Diego metallers AS I LAY DYING. The band recently finished up the recording process in San Diego with producer Adam Dutkiewicz (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE) and mixed the effort with Colin Richardson and his assistant Martyn "Ginge" Ford.
"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 AS I LAY DYING 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."
He adds, "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" track listing:
01. Beyond Our Suffering
02. Anodyne Sea
03. Without Conclusion
05. The Plague
06. Anger and Apathy
08. Upside Down Kingdom
10. The Only Constant Is Change
11. The Blinding Of False Light
AS I LAY DYING will launch a headlining U.S. tour April 29 in Tucson, Arizona. The trek, wrapping May 22 in Las Vegas, will feature support acts DEMON HUNTER, BLESSTHEFALL and WAR OF AGES.
"Now that we're almost done with the new album, we can't wait to get on the road and start playing the new songs for our fans in the U.S.," says Lambesis.
"Along with a new album comes a fresh excitement, and I can honestly say that I'm as passionate about music now as I was when this band first started.
"The tour lineup is solid and marks our first time getting to tour with our friends in DEMON HUNTER. Get there early to see the whole thing!"
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".