As I Lay Dying Reminisce About 10 Years of Touring; New Album “Decas”; Decade of Destruction Tour

AS I LAY DYING, are gearing up for the release of Decas and their upcoming headline trek dubbed the “A Decade of Destruction Tour”, both coinciding with the band’s 10-year anniversary. Decascelebrates the band’s accomplishments by offering three brand new songs, cover songs that pay homage to just a few of the bands that have influenced AS I LAY DYING, and remixes by INNERPARTYSYSTEM (Katy Perry, Ladyhawke, Thursday, Good Charlotte and many others), Benjamin Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Kelly “Carnage” Cairns (Austrian Death Machine, War of Ages), and Big Chocolate (Asking Alexandria, iwrestledabearonce, Suicide Silence).

AS I LAY DYING’s A Decade of Destruction Tour featuring special guests Of Mice and Men, The Ghost Inside, iwrestledabearonce, and Sylosis will kick off on November 30 in Long Island , NY and wrap up in the band’s hometown, San Diego , on December 16 (see dates below.)

Decas tracklisting:
1. Paralyzed
2. From Shapeless to Breakable
3. Moving Forward
4. War Ensemble (Slayer cover)
5. Hellion (Judas Priest Cover)
6. Electric Eye (Judas Priest Cover)
7. Coffee Mug (Descendents cover)
8. Beneath the Encasing of Ashes (Re-Recorded Medley)
9. The Blinding of False Light (Innerpartysystem Remix)
10. Wrath Upon Ourselves (Benjamin Weinman Remix)
11. Confined (Kelly “Carnage” Cairns Remix)
12. Elegy (Big Chocolate Remix)

A Decade of Destruction Tour Dates:
Nov 30 The Paramount Theater New York , NY
Dec 01 Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia , PA
Dec 02 Starland Ballroom Sayreville , NJ
Dec 03 Palladium Worcester , MA
Dec 04 9:30 Club Washington , DC
Dec 05 Rocketown Nashville , TN
Dec 06 House of Blues Chicago , IL
Dec 07 First Avenue Minneapolis , MN
Dec 08 Beaumont Kansas City, MO
Dec 09 The Door Dallas , TX
Dec 10 Backstage Live San Antonio , TX
Dec 11 Lonestar Center Lubbock , TX
Dec 13 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque , NM
Dec 14 Venue of Scotsdale Phoenix , AZ
Dec 16 Soma San Diego , CA
Dec 17 House of Blues Las Vegas , NV


Review: Iwrestledabearonce – “Ruining It For Everybody” (Century Media Records)

In what is sure to be alternately the most loved and/or hated release by any band this year, we have the new album by genre benders IWABO.  In the outright PR and marketing coup d’état of 2011, the band shocked the world with the declaration that they were “turning black metal” on May 17th. This what we call in advertising the perfect confluence of a savvy band and their handlers knowing exactly how to push buttons and manipulate the public. The metal media and public outcry from both fans and detractors was an amazing spectacle to behold for a few days. The band, with some help from essentially punked the world. Since there is in fact no such thing as bad press, they indeed had the last laugh. The fact that so many people didn’t get the joke and the level at which IWABO operates just tickled my funnybone silly. Hype is all fine and good, but the real punchline is that the new IWABO album delivers musically beyond all expectations.

Although there is an occasional flirtation with black metal, the sound of the new album is the same IWABO you always loved or hated. Spasmodic shifts of tempo blended perfectly with their aggressive mash-ups and wry sarcasm. Opening track “Next Visible Deliscious” straddles the line between tech deth, proggy deathcore and a PRIMUS like jam section in the middle. The sleeves of the band are all rolled up, revealing their entire bag of tricks to all comers. The first thing you notice about the song of the band is how much more defined and prominent the rhythm section is than ever before. “You Know That Ain’t Them Dogs’ Real Voices” has a sick heavy verse and an amazing chorus. The second verse finds the enchanting and limitless Krysta Cameron wailing on her brutal vocals. There is other assorted good weirdness in the track like surf guitar and grindcore. I have literally listened to this one song alone dozens of times since getting the album. “Deoderant Can’t Fix Ugly” is discordant, avant-garde and most of all wonderful. And yes, it does end with a gospel style chorus like a 1990’s RnB song. Although the entire band has improved individually and collectivley, I’d have to single out drummer Mike Montgomery for being excellent and particularly crushing. The actual song on the album with a black metal influence is “It is “bro” isn’t it?” which sounds like it could be an outtake from the current BLACK DAHLIA MURDER album. That is until the gorgeous chorus and angular guitar riffs come in. More surprises like well developed keyboard parts come to the forefront like never before. John Ganey and Steven Bradely are not just fine guitarists, they are sick songwriters and programmers to boot. “Gold Jacket, Green Jacket” flirts with techno and other oddities in and around a deathcore song structure.“Break it Down Camacho” is another song I can’t say enough good things about with it’s cool bass parts courtesy of Ricky Martin. Songs like “Stay to the Right” and “I’m Gonna Shoot” just rock and again show there is no boundary the band cannot shatter. The single “Karate Nipples” is great on repeated listens as well. Rounding out the proceedings with possibly the best track of them all in “Button It Up” with its subject matter as dark as its tone. Sorry to break it you haters, the joke is still on you!

RATING: 9.5 / 10
By: Keith “Keefy” Chachkes
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