Awakened (album)

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Awakened
Studio album by As I Lay Dying
Released September 25, 2012
Recorded May–June 2012
Genre Metalcore
Length 42:46
Label Metal Blade
Producer Bill Stevenson
As I Lay Dying chronology
Decas
(2011)
Awakened
(2012)
Singles from Awakened
  1. "Cauterize"
    Released: June 25, 2012
  2. "A Greater Foundation"
    Released: September 11, 2012
  3. "No Lungs to Breathe"
    Released: February 28, 2013
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
ARTISTdirect 5/5 stars[1]
The NewReview 4/5 stars[2]
Thrash Hits 3/6 stars[3]
Loudwire 3.5/5 stars[4]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
MetalInjection.net 9/10 stars[6]
About.com 3.5/5 stars[7]
AbsolutePunk 85%[8]
UnderTheGunReview.net 8.5/10 stars[9]
Imperiumi 8.75/10 stars[10]
Metal Forces Magazine 10/10 stars[11]
Metal Blast 3.5/5 stars[12]
Under The Gun Review 8.5/10 [13]

Awakened is the sixth studio album by the American metalcore band As I Lay Dying. It is the final album released by the band before going on hiatus in 2014. The album was released on September 25, 2012 through Metal Blade Records. The album was produced by Bill Stevenson (the drummer of the Descendents) and recorded at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado and Lambesis Studios in San Diego, California. On June 22, 2012, the album title, release date, and first single were announced. On June 25, the first single "Cauterize" was released for free download and became available online for purchase the following day. On June 27, a lyric video for "Cauterize" was released along with album artwork, also the band created an event on Facebook inviting fans to participate in a music video shoot for "A Greater Foundation". Fans were able to pre-order a copy on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2012.

The band has begun releasing clips of the new album via SoundCloud, prior to the release date.

On September 11, the music video for "A Greater Foundation" was released.

Reception[edit]

Overall the reception of Awakened has been positive. Jordan Munson of underthegunreview rated the album 8.5/10 commenting "Each of the songs has a logical and sensible flow to them. Every guitar solo is absolutely perfect in its context."[9]

Chad Bowar of loudwire gave the album '3 and a half stars' out of 5 and comments "‘Awakened’ is not breaking new ground when it comes to metalcore music, but if you want an expertly executed, well-written album, As I Lay Dying deliver the goods"[4]

Mark Fisher of Metal Forces gave the album an impressive 10/10.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by As I Lay Dying. 

No. Title Length
1. "Cauterize"   3:37
2. "A Greater Foundation"   3:46
3. "Resilience"   4:07
4. "Wasted Words"   4:20
5. "Whispering Silence"   4:30
6. "Overcome"   4:36
7. "No Lungs to Breathe"   4:04
8. "Defender"   4:04
9. "Washed Away" (Instrumental) 1:00
10. "My Only Home"   4:05
11. "Tear Out My Eyes"   4:37
Total length:
42:46
iTunes/Limited Edition [14]
No. Title Length
12. "Unwound" (B-Side demo) 3:58
13. "A Greater Foundation" (Extended demo version) 3:58
Total length:
50:42

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