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WOVENWAR, featuring the talents of Jordan Mancino (drums), Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar) and Josh Gilbert (bass/vocals) of San Diego, California based metal act As I Lay Dying, and Shane Blay (vocals) of Oh, Sleeper, has just released their first single titled “All Rise” off the band’s upcoming self-titled debut. Fans can head just below to hear the full track, which is the final mastered version that will appear on the album dropping in late Summer 2014.

In 2012, ten years into their career, California’s As I Lay Dying released their sixth studio album titled Awakened. With the help of legendary Black Flag drummer and producer Bill Stevenson, the group successfully refined their blend of Metalcore adding sudden slabs of neo-Thrash and occasional melodic catchiness. “We really needed to make sure that we are still progressing and showing that we’re only getting stronger with our sound. We’re always trying to throw in new elements and always expand our sound somewhat,” says long time guitarist Phil Sgrosso about the band’s mindset while recording the album. Indeed, tracks like the opener “Cauterize”, the frantic “A Greater Foundation” or the sonically dense “Overcome” only come to confirm that this is probably one of the quintet’s finest recorded efforts to date.

On November 8th As I Lay Dying will be releasing their new album, Decas, in celebration of their 10th anniversary as a band. The disc contains three new tracks, four cover tunes, four remixes and a medley. The three new tracks are typical AILD and contain all of the elements that have garnered them so many accolades over the years; pummeling guitar riffs, powerful vocal deliveries and insane blast beats.

This past weekend Canada was graced with the presences of not 1, but 2 heavy metal festivals; one in Montreal and one in Toronto at Downsview Park. If you had tickets to either of these shows you know that it was a weekend that you wouldn’t forget. The Saturday show at Downsview started off with a bang thanks to Quebec band, Endast. With this hard-hitting, heavy hardcore mash-up the day was off to a great start! The whole show had great mixes of both the old school and the new school.