A dozen years since forming, San Diego metalcore outfit As I Lay Dying prepares to release its sixth full length studio album, Awakened. On Independence Day the quintet landed on Boise along with the rest of the 2012 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival line-up. Prior to the band’s face-melting performance, Metalholic had an opportunity to sit down with drummer Jordan Mancino and bassist Josh Gilbert. The duo talked about the tour, Randy Blythe, and the band’s forthcoming new record.
Mancino is a founding member of the band which formed in 2000 with vocalist Tim Lambesis. The line is rounded out by guitarists Phil Sgrosso and Nick Hipa. In 2011, As I Lay Dying released the album Decas, a celebration of a decade. The album featured cover songs, remixes and a new track or two.
“Before the tour started we finished the record. It’s like in the final phases of mixing. We released ‘Cauterized’, one of the songs on the record. That’s a single on iTunes.”
Awakened is slated for a September 25 release on Metal Blade Records, shortly before the band heads overseas for a tour with Trivium.
The news of Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe was a hot topic of conversation that day, and I asked the guys for their take on the situation and where fan responsibility comes into play.
“I think the whole thing, all around is an unfortunate situation,” offered Mancino, “for Randy, the kid. It’s one of those things where focus she be on the venues and security. With more and more metal tours coming around it’s very typical to get rowdy crowds. They’re all having a good time. They’re trying to be involved. I think people need to consciously focus on new ways to deal with these things, so people can have fun, enjoy a show and also be safe. The crowd and bands included.”
“I think it just comes down to common sense,” added Gilbert. “We had a show just the other day in Portland at about a 500 capacity venue. Sold out show. Rowdy crowd. There was a few people getting on stage, but luckily they were a very conscientious of the band. I’ve had people in the past get on stage that were about to go stage dive, and they’ll go slam my bass neck out of the way to clear a free path to stage dive. It’s like ‘check me out I’m on stage during this band’s set.’ I think the point is, especially in Randy’s situation, it seems like there’s an inherent risk that you’re taking getting onstage when you’ve seen other people pushed offstage by security. You know it’s like a no man’s land up there. So you should just kind of have that in mind like get your exit strategy down before you’re up there, instead of just camping out.”
“Plus,” Jordan chimed in, “it’s going on during a show so a security guard’s not going to tap you on the shoulder and be like ‘hey, can you get off stage please?’ There’s loud music. You can’t hear anything. So it’s super idiotic.”
The band also revealed their thoughts on this year’s Mayhem tour, some personal hobbies and more. Check out the full interview below, listen to “Cauterize”, and pre-order your copy of Awakened today.
Check out our previous interview with Phil Sgrosso.
All photos by and courtesy of: Pierre Bourgault