As I Lay Dying may not have invented metalcore but they were certainly one of the flagbearers who were instrumental in popularising the genre.
The fivesome’s hallmark qualities include a tight rhythm section, hard and fast riffs with accessible melodies, and a combination of grunts and clean vocals. Many of the lyrics address life’s adversities and struggles. Their critically acclaimed 2010 release ‘The Powerless Rise’ became an instant classic and took metalcore as a genre to the next level .Follow-up ‘Awakened’ was their final release before they went on an indefinite hiatus due to vocalist Tim Lambesis’ conviction for soliciting his wife’s murder. Still, after a great deal of soul-searching they eventually reformed. Their 2018 headlining tour sparked some controversy with several venues deciding to cancel the band’s scheduled performance due to Lambesis’ past but in most places tickets for the reunion tour sold out in a hurry. ‘Shaped by Fire’ (2019) is their first studio project in seven years. Lambesis’ cathartic lyrics and Nick Hipa’s amazing guitar work are the focal points of an album that gives their long-time fans what they deserve: hard-hitting, uncompromising metalcore - and that’s exactly what the mosh-happy fans at Alcatraz want to hear!