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.
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."
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"