As I Lay Dying is back and they’re ready to do some cave exploring! The band is now streaming their new clean vocal-heavy single “The Cave We Fear To Enter” inspired by an idea brought forth by bassist and vocalist Ryan Neff. “The Cave We Fear To Enter” was co-produced by guitarist Phil Sgrosso and Hiram Hernandez, mixed by Aaron Chaparian, and mastered by Ted Jensen.

“This is the first time I’ve written lyrics based on an idea started by someone else in the band,” said As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis. “Sometimes, when we try out different melodies, we’ll temporarily use words that just happen to fit as a placeholder. But on this song, Ryan chose words that he felt represented what he had been processing leading up to the demo.

“It felt right for me to leave that therapeutic expression in place. So, when I took over, the imagery of a cave where you face your fears came to mind. While I only know a little of Joseph Campbell‘s work, the imagery brought to mind a quote of his that I remembered and used for inspiration as well.”

Guitarist Phil Sgrosso added: “‘The Cave We Fear To Enter’ may be one of our most adventurous songs to date. We broke out of a lot of old habits and formulaic moves to create something that touches on a lot of emotional elements we haven’t explored so deeply before. From its inception, it was instantly a favorite for all of us.

We really enjoyed collaborating with Tom Flynn on the video to combine the storylines between ‘Burden’ and ‘The Cave We Fear to Enter’, continuing the journey of the character through new environments and circumstances. It was a lot of fun to take new creative risks to tell this story visually alongside the somber and uplifting nature of the song.”

As I Lay Dying will hit the road starting today with Entheos and Chelsea Grin. Get your tickets here.

7/9 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
7/10 Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA
7/12 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
7/13 Temple Theatre Tacoma, WA
7/14 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
7/15 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
7/16 Summit Denver, CO
7/17 The Truman Kansas City, MO
7/19 Upheaval Festival Grand Rapids, MI
7/21 House Of Blues Chicago, IL
7/23 Empire Live Albany, NY
7/24 Irving Plaza New York, NY
7/25 Theater of The Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
7/26 The Fillmore Silver Spring, MD
7/27 The NorVa Norfolk, VA
7/29 The Fillmore Charlotte, NC
7/30 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
7/31 Jannus Landing St. Petersburg, FL
8/2 House Of Blues Houston, TX
8/3 The Factory in Deep Ellum Dallas, TX
8/4 Vibes Event Center San Antonio, TX
8/6 El Rey Theater Albuquerque, NM
8/7 The Van Buren Phoenix, AZ
8/8 The Belasco Los Angeles, CA
8/10 The Observatory Northpark San Diego, CA

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