San Diego, California metallers AS I LAY DYING have set "The Powerless Rise" as the title of their fifth full-length album for a spring release via Metal Blade Records. The band is currently finishing up the recording process in San Diego with producer Adam D. (KILLSWITCH ENGAGE). A headline tour is slated to coincide with the CD release.
In other news, THQ Inc. has announced it will partner with AS I LAY DYING to offer consumers an exclusive opportunity to connect with the band using MX vs. ATV Reflex, the latest addition to the popular off-road racing franchise. On Thursday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT, AS I LAY DYING band members will log in to the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft to compete against fans using the Gamertag AILDband. The consumer gameplay challenge is expected to last for approximately two hours.
"MX vs. ATV Reflex offers players a high-energy, explosive gameplay experience that lends itself well to the inclusion of heavier music," said Victor Rodriguez, Music Director, THQ. "The music quality and prominence of AS I LAY DYING in this genre made the band a great match for the game."
"If any gamers out there are looking to get their butts kicked in MX vs. ATV Reflex, we ll be ready and waiting for you on February 4," said AS I LAY DYING guitarist Phil Sgrosso. "We shall conquer all those who challenge us, so prepare to meet your doom!"
"The Sound of Truth", featured on AS I LAY DYING's critically and commercially acclaimed release, "An Ocean Between Us", appears on the in-game soundtrack to MX vs. ATV Reflex and is featured in the game s promotional TV campaign.
"An Ocean Between Us" landed the No. 8 position on the Billboard Top 200 chart its first week out, making it the highest rock debut on the chart that week. The band's first-ever DVD, "This is Who We Are", entered the Billboard Top Music Videos chart at the No. 2 position in the U.S. and the No. 3 position in Canada. The DVD is also certified platinum in the United States and Canada by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In addition, 2008 saw AS I LAY DYING earn a Grammy nomination for "Best Metal Performance" for the single "Nothing Left".