As I Lay Dying Release MASSIVE Comeback Single “My Own Grave”

This is possibly the most controversial new single in a long time. As I Lay Dying have released a new single My Own Grave, their first new music since 2012, with the same lineup that they had when they disbanded six years ago. And it’s one of the best metalcore songs I’ve ever heard.

From start to finish, the song is a masterpiece. It is very much As I Lay Dying’s recognisable style and structurally quite similar to A Greater Foundation, one of my favourite AILD songs. The main riff is seriously headbang inducing, the slick solo over the bridge is fantastic, the drums are phenomenal, Tim Lambesis’ screams are as solid as if they’d never stopped being a band, the lyrics are brutally honest and self deprecating, the chorus is arguably Josh Gilbert’s best vocal performance, and it closes with a brutal breakdown.

I never expected to see As I Lay Dying back with this lineup. I certainly was expecting new music from Tim under the AILD name, but with different band members considering the animosity that seemed to be there in the aftermath of his arrest. It’s good to have them back.

When I first seriously got into metal, and in particular Christian metal, As I Lay Dying and Underoath were like the grandfathers of the genre. They pioneered it, they defined it, they owned it. While I never got massively got into them at that time, I was devastated when they both broke up a very short period of time apart not long after I discovered them. It wasn’t because I was massively invested in them, though I did enjoy their music that I did know, but because of what they represented. There are so many amazing bands that would not have formed without the influence of As I Lay Dying and Underoath. The recent reunions of both these bands means so much more than the band members riding off the reputation of the band names. It means more fans will be inspired to form amazing bands. It means that fans like me get to see these masters play live when the opportunity looked like it had passed. I was lucky enough to see Underoath live last year, with my very sheltered upbringing seeing them when they were still a band was not a question considering it was borderline criminal to even be listening to them.

It also represents reconciliation for the band members themselves. When Underoath broke up, the band members practically hated each other. When Tim was arrested, the rest of As I Lay Dying were very adamant in their support for Meggan Lambesis and condemnation of Tim’s actions, and rightfully so. But for this band to get back together, and especially with Nick Hipa involved, it speaks volumes about how Tim clearly wants to make amends for what he did. The lyrics for this song back that up. That, above all, is why I will support this band reuniting.

And for those undoubtedly wondering, Don Vedda (who released his debut album yesterday) has confirmed there is an album coming and that he contributed to the writing of some of the songs (while his music is best described as pop-rock, he was a guitarist for Jamie’s Elsewhere for a few years so this is definitely plausible).

So that is why, to me at least, this reunion and single is something I will wholeheartedly support. If you can’t forgive what Tim did and refuse to listen to their music, I will 100% respect your position which is still an entirely fair response to the situation. Just don’t go down the hypocritical self righteous avenue of a certain well known publication who like to cherrypick their moral stance.

You can watch the music video for the phenomenal song below:

Failed Assimilation Release Free Single “Guns”

Brisbane industrial metal band Failed Assimilation have released their debut single Guns. The single is available for free download from their Bandcamp page. The single also includes 6 remixes. There is also a music video in production.

Since playing their first show in late 2016, Failed Assimilation have gone from strength to strength and plan to release a full length album in 2018.

The Surge Release Debut Single “If I Wanted To”

Brisbane grunge band The Surge have released their first single If I Wanted To. My first reaction was that it sounded a little flat but it’s actually quite catchy after the first couple of plays. They’re featured on triple j Unearthed so I expect we’ll be seeing a bit more of them in the future.

Ashes Remain Release Third Single “On Fire”

Ashes Remain have released the third single from their highly anticipated new album Let The Light In. Judging by their first few singles, the new album holds pretty true to their sound from their previous album, so if you were a fan of What I’ve Become this should be something to look forward to. The album comes out in just under 2 weeks on October 27.

The album is available for pre-order through BEC Recordings’ MerchNow.

Red Release Title Track From “Gone”

Red have released Gone, their third single from their upcoming album of the same name. It was quite a surprise to hear, as it is much more electronic than what is traditionally expected from the band. Some people have compared it to some of their songs from Release The Panic. I quite liked the song it’s very catchy and well executed. It does, however, leave me a little concerned as to the style of the rest of the album as I don’t want to see them head in the direction of Fireflight and Nine Lashes in turning their backs on their hard rock sound in favour of electronic.

Pledgers can download the song for free, and there’s still time to pre-order the album before it’s release in just under a fortnight. You can pre-order over at their PledgeMusic.

Listen to Gone below:

Phinehas Release Another Single “Know Death; Know Forever”

Phinehas have dropped the second single from their upcoming album Dark Flag, title Know Death; Know Forever. It’s not a surprise to see this track released as a single, considering they have been playing it live for the last few months.

They’ve also just dropped the price of some of their pre-order packages. Those who have already pre-ordered will have the difference refunded. Head over to their MerchNow to pre-order the new album.

Listen to Know Death; Know Forever below

Ashes Remain Release Rise And All Of Me Lyric Videos

Ashes Remain have finally announced they are releasing a new album. Let The Light In comes 6 years after the release of the highly successful What I’ve Become. They have also released two singles from the new album, Rise and All Of Me.

The album is available for pre-order through BEC Recordings’ MerchNow.

Phinehas Sign To Solid State, Release First Single “Dark Flag”

Phinehas have announced that they will be releasing a new album Dark Flag, having just signed to Solid State Records. They have also released the title track as first single from the new album.

Pre-orders are available on MerchNow, I have already ordered my Super Deluxe bundle.

All this new music is overwhelming but I love it.

Listen to Dark Flag below

Asking Alexandria Release First Single With Danny Back “Into The Fire”

Asking Alexandria have released their first music since Danny Worsnop rejoined the band with their new single Into The Fire.

They will also be releasing an as yet unnamed album on December 15.

Watch the music video for Into The Fire below.

Red Release 2 New Singles From Upcoming Album “Gone”

Red have released two new songs with the announcement of their new album Gone. Gone will be released next month on October 27.

The two songs are Losing Control and Still Alive. Losing Control was written with Dustin Bates from Starset.

Gone is available for pre-order over on PledgeMusic.