As I Lay Dying Article

05.08.2011 As I Lay Dying

Wacken Open Air XXII

Wacken (Germany)

(Pentax k-x with Tamron SP AF 17-50mm 2.8 XR Di II LD Asp IF and Sigma AF 50-150mm 2.8 EX DC APO HSM II)

Up to now I only knew As I Lay Dying of CD. Therefore it was high time to take a closer look at them live. They seemed to have planned to keep the stage covered by a smoke screen as the smoke machines were running on high level during the whole gig. But the wind was ruling out their plans.
But never mind as As I Lay Dying were really keen on playing. Especially for this concert the guys flew across the pond just to fire one broadside after the other into the audience. The band is playing really terrific metal core mainly influenced by the grunts of Tim Labesis and the clear refrain parts of bassist Josh Gilbert. During songs like "Upside Down Kingdom" of the current album "The Powerless Rise" (the cover formed the great background artwork of the stage) or "The Sound Of Truth" of the predecessor "An Ocean Between Us" quickly the first circle pits opened and also the audience quickly went with the band. They did not need to encourage them much to do so. Also you did not get cold that quickly as the songs pushed up the atmosphere song by song and towards the end of the concert the pyros heated everything up even more.
As many other bands As I Lay Dying only had one hour available but that was really great. I was surprised about their good live performance. Singer Tim Lambesis really gave everything he could and so the time passed by like nothing. A gig that was really worth it!


  • Within Destruction
  • The Sound Of Truth
  • Upside Down Kingdom
  • Through Struggle
  • An Ocean Between Us
  • Anodyne Sea
  • Condemned
  • Parallels
  • Separation / Nothing Left
  • Forever
  • Confined
  • 94 Hours