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As I Lay Dying Awakened

As I Lay Dying return with their sixth studio album, 'Awakened'. With every release you are going to get pure injected power, blast beats, intricate guitar riffs, and dynamic tempos. This album is everything you would expect from a seasoned band continuing to perfect its sound.

'Cauterize' opens the eleven track release with an urgency to start the jackhammer pace and assault of sound that rips through this album. It's a perfect blend of unforgiving power colliding into a driving chorus. It's As I Lay Dying at the top of their game.

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'A Greater Foundation' is an immediate standout as it strikes with a bombastic gang vocal chorus and chugging guitars to match the guttural vocals. 'Resilience', 'Wasted Words', and 'No Lungs To Breathe' stick close to the formula and cater to the classic foundations of Metalcore.

After a bruising first four tracks, the velocity is momentarily slowed for the hook laden 'Whispering Silence'. It's melodic from the opening riff and stands apart from the openers. It flows into the moody intro of 'Overcome' before the aggression resurfaces as it pounds into a chorus nothing short of an anthem.

The opening bass line and killer sound has 'Defender' sounding like a vintage thrash song as the rhythm guitar comes in with a blistering solo riding its wave. It also features clean vocals in the verses as opposed to just the chorus. The album closes with 'My Only Home' and 'Tear Out My Eyes'. Following the formula, both feature vocal shifts and combative verses interlining with strong melody lines.

'Awakened' is a leap forward from past records with emphasis on memorable hooks giving songs instant appeal. By design, there is nothing unexpected or revolutionary throughout the eleven tracks. This release was created by a band content with their style. They have kept their feet firmly cemented in the metalcore genre with crushing aggression that have carried them to over a decade of success.

Tim Lambesis - Vocals
Nick Hipa - Guitars
Phil Sgrosso - Guitars
Josh Gilbert - Bass
Jordan Mancino - Drums





Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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