As I Lay Dying: The Concert

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They’re the most aggressive-sounding band in the genre, in my humble opinion. Their front man is a lumberjack-sized fellow with a booming, guttural growl that can shake the walls. But here’s the thing: They do it in the name of Jesus Christ.

I’m talking about the Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying, one of the most popular and influential bands on the scene. My wife Rachel and I took in their show in Denver and what’s more, we got an opportunity to chat with founder/vocalist Tim Lambesis. Our full talk can be read here, but for this blog, I thought I’d give you a little first-person look into my concert experience.

SOLD OUT was plastered all over the small ticket booth. The line to get into the venue wrapped around the block a few times. (Or, at least it seemed that way.) The dreary gray sky and constant drizzle did not deter anyone, though. Almost all the fans were dressed in black, and they proudly displayed their favorite group on their shirts. Passersby stared at us all from their car windows, and I couldn’t help but notice that the look on some of their faces was one of, “Wow, that’s a rather rough-looking bunch.”

The doors opened and we all started to flood in, a sea of black. The younger set headed straight for the stage. The floor level quickly fills with hundreds of eager young mosh pit kids. Meanwhile, Rachel and I took our favorite spot—close to the balcony right behind the super-sized mixing board and light control panel.

The first of the four Christian bands took the stage and off we went. The throttle was nailed to the floor and the heavy sound blasted us like a 100-foot wall of solid metal. Fists went into the air and mouths gaped wide. Of course, you couldn’t hear the fans’ howls of approval. Instead, pounding drums and crunching guitars, coupled with low growls from the man with the microphone, are all that’s heard.

In the midst of all of the excitement and sound I found myself quite literally praying a small, quick request to the Heavenly Father: May these that know You here give You praise. May those that don’t, come to You now. Do they know You? I pray they do. Have you ever found yourself in a setting other than your place of worship that made you want to ask God to fill the place you were in?

Who wrote this?

Graphic Designer for PLUGGEDIN.COM. Cutting his design teeth at Scripture Press/Cook Communications, Kevin brings years of ministry and freelance experience to Plugged In's visual presentation. He also analyzes video games for our reviews and contributes an occasional blog.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  David:

how about evanescence?

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  skillet87:

According to christianhardrock.net, they are a christian band.  The website lists a bunch of other christian rock and metal bands

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  David:

Does anyone know if As Cities Burn is a Christian band?

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  skillet87:

I was at that concert it was awesome! A lot of Christian metal core bands have positive and uplifting lyrics even if they don't directly praise God.  Some however do have praise songs that would probably be sung in church if the lyrics weren't screamed ex: August Burns Red's "Redemption".  Some other Christian metal bands are Demon Hunter, Underoath, The Devil Wears Prada, Project 86, A bullet for a pretty boy

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  ClothedInRoses:

No problems?  Funny, I just got a lecture at youth group about them, and the only one of the three my parents don't object to is Skillet.And while I would agree about the heaviness, I'm not sure if metal is all-around any more "passionate" than hard rock.  Both, from what I've seen, are about the same emotionally, just with different styles.  I suppose it's different for different people though.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  jofftheheezay:

No disrespect, but Skillet, Disciple and TFK are a far cry from these other bands, those are classified as safer, CCM hard rock bands that most parents don't have a problem to. This stuff is more aggressive, heavier, and frankly, more passionate.

More bands in the Christian hardcore/metalcore scene? Mychildren Mybride, Impending Doom, A Plea For Purging, Hundredth, Sovereign Strength, The Great Commission, etc.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  ClothedInRoses:

@Joff, I agree.  I haven't listened to AILD or the others you mentioned, but they're on my list of bands to check out when I have time and money.

I listen to a lot of Christian hard rock artists such as Skillet, Disciple, Thousand Foot Krutch, and others.  I can think of at least half a dozen people that I would consider close friends who have been saved (became Christians or recommitted their lives to Christ) because of the ministry of these bands.  In my personal life, God frequently speaks to me through their lyrics and testimonies.

The number one comment I get when I mention my musical tastes is: "Why do you even like them--aren't they kinda...hard?"

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  lupinskitten:

I have actually never heard of them, but now I'll have to check them out. I like a moderate amount of heavy metal.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  jofftheheezay:

As I Lay Dying is doing it big right now, but despite that, the Christian church is always quick to judge because they don't say Jesus in their lyrics, or because of numerous tats, etc.

Bands like AILD, Sleeping Giant, For Today, etc. are the ones that are effective, doing more than any CCM artist on the radio could, going places that they won't.