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As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying was the first hardcore band signed to Metal Blade Records. And with Shadows Are Security, its sophomore effort, the quintet has amped up the metal, utilizing a more classic thrash sound. As I Lay Dying also maintains its metalcore foundation, but unlike others in the genre, this L.A. band understands the right and wrong times for breakdowns and melodies. (A breakdown isn't required after every chorus, and it's about time a younger band got that.) Part of the growing Christian hardcore movement, As I Lay Dying's blast beats and screeching guitars will appeal to listeners regardless of whether they're looking for a dose of Jesus. The scene is changing, and if Shadows Are Security is any sign, As I Lay Dying is gearing up to be the new leader of metalcore.