As I Lay Dying Part Ways With Bassist/Vocalist Josh Gilbert

As I Lay Dying have parted ways with bassist/vocalist Josh Gilbert. He is the latest member to exit the band following guitarist Nick Hipa, who announced his departure last year. The group’s upcoming shows will feature an adjusted lineup with Miss May I‘s Ryan Neff on bass/vocals and Unearth’s Ken Susi on guitar.

The band commented:

“As we have been nearing our first tour back since the beginning of 2020, there have been several developments within AILD that we’d like to share with our fans. The past couple years off from the road with the uncertainty of how or when touring would pick up again has provided time to consider new endeavors in life apart from AILD.

Josh Gilbert has decided to exit AILD to pursue other musical opportunities. Josh has been a strong contributor musically for AILD since joining in 2007 so we are grateful for all his contributions and his friendship over the years. We wish him all the best and are excited to see where this new path takes him in life.

As I Lay Dying will honor our touring commitments for the remainder of 2022 with the Two Decades of Destruction US Tour (June 10 – July 17) then European festival season in August.

We are thankful to have Ryan Neff, of Miss May I taking on bass and vocal duties for our upcoming tours. We first met Ryan down in Mexico City, playing together back in 2012, so we’re stoked to be sharing the stage with a familiar face and talented musician.

Joining us on second guitar for these two tours will be our good friend Ken Susi of Unearth. We have known Ken for almost 20 years, coming up in the scene and playing many tours together. Ken‘s style of guitar playing is closely related to AILD so we are excited to have a close friend and ripper of a guitar player joining us.

We are grateful for our fans’ continued support as we enter a new chapter of the band with newfound energy and enthusiasm. There’s been a lot of moving parts but what has and will always be the main priority of AILD is creating new music. We plan to have a new song out to you shortly before completing our full length by the end of the year.

We look forward to seeing many familiar faces on our upcoming tours and thank you for believing in us at every step of this band’s journey.”

Gilbert added:

“Hello, friends. After 15 years (almost half my life), I’ve decided to part ways with As I Lay Dying. Despite the ups and downs inherent, I’ll always be grateful for the profound privilege of being to able to grow up traveling the world playing music with the band. None of that would be possible without the fans of the band, so for that I sincerely thank you all so much for allowing me the opportunity. I wish the best for AILD moving forward, and I hope to see all of you sooner rather than later.”

Frontman Tim Lambesis also commented:

“There’s been a lot of challenges and life changing decisions that many of us in the music industry have been facing since the pandemic struck in early 2020. It’s been difficult for a lot of musicians to feel a sense of stability and purpose being limited by the opportunities of traveling the world, playing music for their fans. It’s created time and space for many to rethink potential new paths in life. AILD has certainly been affected by this. With this issue being close to my heart, I feel the need to share a recent development within AILD, reflecting on the past to find hope for the future.

In 2001 I wrote a bunch of songs and then began forming a band with like minded musicians, eventually establishing As I Lay Dying. Along the way, dozens of musicians have been members or filled in on tours to help bring the As I Lay Dying vision to life on stage. Behind the scenes when making albums, it often felt pretty similar regardless of who came and went during the harsh conditions of touring as a band that was barely scraping by until 2003 when Phil Sgrosso joined the band.

Phil almost immediately became a primary songwriter with me, oftentimes working on riffs on the long drives between shows back in the van days. In subsequent years, I started handling a lot less of the guitar parts when writing to focus more on vocals, with Phil taking on more of the musical responsibilities and becoming a riffing machine. We used to pass the guitar back and forth in the tiny loft of an apartment I had at the time to create Shadows are Security, and we continued refining that process on An Ocean Between Us.

Fast forward to 2010 and the third significant songwriter in our band’s history, Josh Gilbert, became a part of helping us write The Powerless Rise. While I still consider many of our records somewhat of a group effort, I think it’s fair to give credit where credit is due to those two incredible songwriters who created most of those songs out of nothing. Josh has incredible talent both as a songwriter and additional vocalist, and on a personal level he was the one I felt most comfortable talking to while going through some of my biggest struggles to get back on my feet.

For that reason, Josh’s decision to move on and pursue other opportunities leaves me really missing him in a band where I’ve never felt this affected by the dozens of member changes in the past. It also leaves some very big shoes to fill but we are confident to be moving forward with our upcoming tours this year with Ryan Neff of Miss May I, who we first met playing Mexico City together back in 2012.

My reaction when Josh first told me that he was considering other opportunities, and that he’d potentially regret not taking them, was that I wanted my friend to be happy and fulfilled. There wasn’t any animosity at all in his reasoning or my reaction. I selfishly wish the timing was better of course, but we both agreed that there’s enough time for a new bassist/singer to step in and perform to the standards our fans can expect from AILD.

I don’t ever want to hold back people I love from doing what makes them happy. I sincerely wish Josh the best as he moves on to his next chapter in life, appreciating the time shared and memories created over the years.

You’ll see some news soon as to what Josh is up to next. Please be supportive and encouraging of him, just as we are. Apart from Ryan Neff joining us on these next two tours, our friend Ken Susi from Unearth who we’ve known for almost 20 years, will be filling in for us on second guitar. I’m honored to be sharing the stage with them both!

Thanks for letting me share my personal feelings about the impact my friend and ex-band mate has had on both my life and AILD. It was hard to reflect back on all these years without sharing a little bit of a story to give context to Josh’s importance in my life. Lastly, I’m thankful for his ongoing friendship moving forward.”

As I Lay Dying Announce U S. Tour With Whitechapel, Shadow Of Intent, Brand Of Sacrifice, & Ov Sulfur

As I Lay Dying have announced a U.S. tour with Whitechapel and Shadow Of Intent. Brand Of Sacrifice and Ov Sulfur will open on select dates.

Tour Dates:

With Ov Sulfur:

06/10 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
06/11 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
06/12 El Paso, TX – 11:11
06/14 Austin, TX – Empire Garage
06/15 Fort Smith, AR – Temple Live
06/16 Knoxville, TN – The Concourse
06/18 Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues
06/19 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
06/20 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
06/22 Richmond, VA – Brown’s Island
06/23 Stroudsburg, PA – The Sherman Theater

With Brand Of Sacrifice:

06/24 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
06/25 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
06/26 Elmira, NY – The L
06/27 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian
06/29 Louisville, KY – Paristown Hall
06/30 Columbus, OH – Kemba Live
07/01 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
07/02 Ft. Wayne, IN – Pierre’s
07/05 Moline, IL – The Rust Belt
07/06 Green Bay, WI – Epic Event Center
07/07 Omaha, NE – Admiral
07/08 Des Moines, IA – Val Air
07/10 Billings, MT – Zoo Montana
07/11 Great Falls, MT – The Newberry
07/12 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
07/14 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
07/15 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
07/16 Wichita, KS – The Wave
07/17 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom

As I Lay Dying Cancel European Tour With Dying Fetus & Emmure

As I Lay Dying have cancelled their upcoming European tour with Dying Fetus and Emmure. The trek was unable to move forward due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As I Lay Dying commented:

“Due to the ongoing covid situation, which is still affecting many events and international touring in Europe, we’re saddened to say that we see no option at this point but to completely cancel our 20th anniversary tour in March-April with Dying Fetus and Emmure.

We had been very much looking forward to the tour and had hoped we could make it happen, but we must wait for touring conditions to improve before traveling internationally. We are very sorry for any inconvenience, please contact your point of purchase for a full refund on tickets.

On a brighter note, we are looking to reschedule shows in a lot of the same cities in November/December, including new dates in some additional cities. We are currently confirming support bands for those shows and will be announcing our new tour dates very soon, so make sure to keep an eye out!”

As I Lay Dying Demoing New Material

As I Lay Dying have been demoing new music as of late. Frontman Tim Lambesis recently confirmed the news on social media, while also revealing that Born Through Fire are currently mixing their new songs. On top of that, he also mentioned that he has some other material in the works that might be used for Pyrithion.

[via The PRP]

As I Lay Dying Premiere “My Own Grave” Live Video

As I Lay Dying have premiered a new live video for their song “My Own Grave.” The clip, which was was recorded in Munich, Germany, was released to promote the new deluxe edition of the band’s latest album “Shaped By Fire.”

As I Lay Dying Premiere New Song “Roots Below”

As I Lay Dying have premiered a new song titled “Roots Below.” This track will appear on the upcoming deluxe edition of the band’s latest album “Shaped By Fire.”

Tim Lambesis commented:

“It’s exciting to be working on music again after some downtime. ‘Roots Below‘ was originally a B-side leftover from when we recorded ‘Shaped By Fire‘, but Phil and Josh really brought new life to it when they recently finished it and added new layers. It’s been refreshing to get back to the creative process with the same team of songwriters being intact that have been writing with me since they joined the band.

The lyrics were influenced by someone I recently met who shared a story of trauma with me that would have destroyed most people, yet from that struggle came strength, openness, and growth that inspired me.”

Phil Sgrosso added:

“‘Roots Below’ was a track I initially wrote for the Shaped By Fire album, but at the time we collectively felt it needed more time and attention to develop to its fullest potential. We were finally able to piece it all together along with some other material taken from the Shaped By Fire touring cycle, bundling it all into a deluxe version of the album. Apart from the studio versions of ‘Roots Below’ and ‘Destruction or Strength,’ there will be an assortment of live songs captured on tour from 2019 in Europe, several ballad/electronic re-interpretations, a studio version of an instrumental track we wrote exclusively for the live show, an instrumental version of the entire album, as well as some other transitional pieces from our set that we wanted to share as part of this release. This has been a very productive first step towards getting back into the creative zone and beginning to focus on new material for next year.”

Here’s the tracks that will appear on the deluxe edition of “Shaped By Fire”:

01. “Re-Separation” (instrumental)
02. “Roots Below”
03. “Destruction Or Strength”
04. “My Own Grave” (re-interpretation)
05. “Redefined” (re-interpretation)
06. “Pre-Shaped By Fire” (live intro)
07. “Euphony From Ashes” (live outro)
08. “Blinded” (Live from Munich)
09. “My Own Grave” (Live From Munich)
10. “Burn To Emerge” (instrumental)
11. “Blinded” (instrumental)
12. “Shaped By Fire” (instrumental)
13. “Undertow” (instrumental)
14. “Torn Between” (instrumental)
15. “Gatekeeper” (instrumental)
16. “The Wreckage” (instrumental)
17. “My Own Grave” (instrumental)
18. “Take What’s Left” (instrumental)
19. “Redefined” (instrumental)
20. “Only After We’ve Fallen” (instrumental)
21. “The Toll It Takes” (instrumental)

As I Lay Dying Issue New Statement On Nick Hipa’s Departure From The Band

As I Lay Dying have officially commented on guitarist Nick Hipa’s departure from the band. The group said that they “respect Nick’s decision to move on from the band and forging a new path in life.”

Here’s As I Lay Dying’s full statement:

“We’ve been laying low for the past 18+ months adapting back into normal home life routines as the world tries to navigate itself through the Covid pandemic. It brings us a lot of excitement seeing live events coming back with many of our peers and friends returning to their life’s passion, playing shows.

Through this downtime from touring and being creatively active with AILD, we’ve found ourselves reflecting on which direction each of us must take individually and collectively as a band. We appreciate all the patience from our fans and close community in regards to an official band statement on the departure of Nick Hipa from AILD over a year ago.

The remaining members of AILD respect Nick‘s decision to move on from the band and forging a new path in life. We will certainly look back fondly at the many great memories, experiences, and accomplishments we shared together over the years. We will be nothing but supportive and encouraging to all of Nick‘s endeavors post-AILD and we wish him the absolute best moving forward.

Thanks to our fans for understanding and we will update everyone shortly on more future plans for AILD.”

This news comes after frontman Tim Lambesis previously issued his own statement:

As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis Comments On Nick Hipa’s Departure From The Band

As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has officially commented on guitarist Nick Hipa’s departure from the band. He said the following:

“Being able to have different opinions or priorities but to still deeply care for another person’s wellbeing is something that’s often lost in our current climate. I just want to say that I truly wish Nick Hipa the best in his next chapter of life, and I’m thankful he wishes me/AILD the same. I’ve wanted to focus on music for past few years because it takes me back to why I started AILD in the first place 20 years ago. I look forward to writing new music and seeing many of you on tour again soon!”

As I Lay Dying Announce 20th Anniversary European Tour With Dying Fetus & Emmure

As I Lay Dying will be celebrating their 20th anniversary on a European tour next year. Dying Fetus and Emmure will open.

Tour Dates:

03/19 Saarbrucken, GER – E-Werk
03/20 Paris, FRA – Elysee
03/22 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
03/23 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 1
03/24 Madrid, SPA – La Rivera
03/25 Lisbon, POR – Sala Tejo
03/26 Bilbao, SPA – Santana27
03/28 Lyon, FRA – Transbordeur
03/29 Wurzburg, GER – Posthalle
03/30 Tilburg, NET – 013
04/01 Copenhagen, DEN – Vega
04/02 Gothenburg, SWE – Tradgarn
04/03 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller
04/04 Stockholm, SWE – Fallan
04/06 Tampere, FIN – Pakkahuone
04/08 Helsinki, FIN – House Of Couture
04/09 Tallinn, EST – Helitehas
04/10 Riga, LAT – Palladium
04/12 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
04/13 Prague, CZE – Roum Karlin
04/14 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
04/15 Bratislava, SLO – Refinery Gallery
04/16 Vienna, AUT – Impericon Festival **
04/17 Zürich, SWI – Impericon Festival **
04/19 Milan, ITA – Alcatraz **
04/20 Rome, ITA – Orion **
04/22 Munich, GER – Impericon Festival **
04/23 Leipzig, GER – Impericon Festival **
04/24 Oberhausen, GER – Impericon Festival **

** With Fit For A King (No Dying Fetus)

As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis commented:

“I’m incredibly grateful to have a chance to go back out on tour and for the tremendous support we‘ve had on the ‘Shaped By Fire‘ touring cycle so far. When I started As I Lay Dying I never imagined we’d have a chance to travel the world as we have, and now we’ll be going back to places that feel like a second home at times. The band has been such an important part of my life personally, so it is very meaningful to see our music connect with so many other people as well.”

Phil Sgrosso added:

“It’s a huge milestone for the band to reach the 20-year mark, something which couldn’t have been done without the support and encouragement from our fans. We feel that it is our responsibility to them to keep pushing ourselves in providing better music and a better live show.

That is why we are looking to go bigger than we ever have before with our stage production as well as curating a live setlist that will span and highlight pinnacle moments from the band’s career. We are excited to return to the stage to celebrate this monumental occasion and hope to see many familiar faces in the crowd.

Big thanks to Impericon for having us as this year’s festival headliner as well as Dying Fetus and Emmure for joining us on the trek.”

Nick Hipa Officially Announces His Departure From As I Lay Dying: “The Story And Meaning We Built Our Reunion Upon Decayed Considerably Over Time”

Nick Hipa has officially announced his departure from As I Lay Dying. The guitarist says he “left because the story and meaning [they] built [their] reunion upon decayed considerably over time.”

Here’s Hipa’s full statement:

“I am deeply appreciative for the love, care, and concern I have been messaged with over the past year while being largely absent from social activity. My days have been occupied with a motion design career, deep focus on my family, taking care of my health, and working on other creative projects. Real life has a way of crowding out time for things like social media, so I apologize to those of you who reached out to me for answers regarding my disassociation from As I Lay Dying and never heard back. I’ve been trying to move on peacefully in life.

At this point though, it has been well over a year since I have distanced myself from them on a personal and professional level. In that time they have only given fans merchandising posts and show announcements. This sort of activity highlights and reinforces our differences.

Respectfully, I left because the story and meaning we built our reunion upon decayed considerably over time. What primarily endures is a superficial pursuit I cannot justify supporting or being part of. This is not an indictment on any who choose to remain or be involved. There is tremendous good that can be accomplished through singular focus on the power of music. However to my memory and recent experience, it comes at the cost of tolerating behavior which at times mistreats, disrespects, and hurts other people. I do not have it in me to walk that road again.

The talent and unshakeable ambition of the band is undeniable. They will continue to release successful music and do great business. On a human level, I hope everything else fares well for them.

I am grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and the incredible people I’ve been able to meet and connect with the past 17 years.

I’ll still be around.

Love to all,

Nick Hipa“