It’s been a while since As I Lay Dying released an album. 2007, to be exact, since An Ocean Between Us came out. In between then and now, singer Tim Lambesis has put out 2 1/2 albums with his jokey side project Austrian Death Machine, and everyone pretty much wondered when a new AILD album would come out. Three years is a millennium for a metal band, especially with the sped-up, on-demand, instant accessibility everyone needs.
Well today, the band posted 70% of a new song called “Beyond Our Suffering” on their Myspace page, and it turns out that it might have been worth the wait. It’s faster and heavier than anything the band’s put out in a long time. The band’s new album, The Powerless Rise, was – like their last album – produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam D. The album will be out on May 11 on Metal Blade. If the rest of the album rips as much as the 70% of the song we heard, it could be on a lot of year-end best-of lists.