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As I Lay Dying
A Long March: The First Recordings

Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 20 tracks: 60 minutes, 21 Seconds
Street Date: May 16, 2006

As I Lay Dying has been a staple of the metal industry since the release of Frail Words Collapse and Shadows are Security. They were soon vaulted to the top of the metal fans' lists of favorite acts in the genre. But sometimes, bands need to go back to their roots, and thats what As I Lay Dying did here with this release.

To sum A Long March: The First Recordings up is to basically call it Beneath The Encasing of Ashes 2, for this is a re-release of their debut album and follow-up EP on Metal Blade. The disc has the whole Beneath The Encasing of Ashes record along with their split EP and re-recorded versions of the songs "Forever" and "Illusions," among others. Listening to this record was like taking a trip down memory lane, because As I Lay Dying sounds so different these days. It's actually quite refreshing really to listen to some older stuff. Spiritually, some of the themes include salvation and hope.

For the As I Lay Dying fans looking to go back a few years, A Long March: The First Recordings is your ticket. Enjoy!

JFH Reader Review: Review date: 12/4/07, written by Travis Foreman for


. Record Label: Metal Blade
. Album length: 20 tracks: 60 minutes, 21 Seconds
. Street Date: May 16, 2006
. Buy It:

  1. Illusions
  2. The Beginning
  3. Reinvention
  4. The Pain Of Separation
  5. Forever
  6. Beneath The Encasing Of Ashes
  7. Torn Within
  8. Forced To Die
  9. A Breath In The Eyes Of Eternity
  10. Blood Turned To Tears
  11. The Voices That Betray Me
  12. When This World Fades
  13. A Long March
  14. Surrounded
  15. Refine By Your Embrace
  16. The Innocence Spilled
  17. Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier
  18. Illusions
  19. The Beginning
  20. Reinvention



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