Californian metallers AS I LAY DYING have issued a previously unreleased song called “Destruction Or Strength”. The track, which was recorded during the sessions for 2019’s “Shaped By Fire” album, is available on all streaming platforms and digital retailers, including Bandcamp as a “pay-what-you-want” download. AS I LAY DYING will also be selling a t-shirt featuring the single artwork.
All proceeds from the single and the “Destruction Or Strength” cover artwork t-shirt will be aggregated and donated to the AS I LAY DYING road crew and Feeding San Diego.
“Travel restrictions and responsible social-distancing measures have crippled the entire live event industry. While touring is a substantial part of a bands’ income, it is the entire source of financial sustenance for the hard working and talented crew it depends upon. A portion of everything raised will be distributed to our techs and production staff to help alleviate the financial strain of lost income and work opportunity. We love these people as family and want to help them though this the best we can.”<
“With the closures of all schools in our state, Feeding San Diego is being extremely pro-active in distributing food to support students who previously relied on free and reduced priced school meals as their primary source of nutrition. Feeding San Diego is also continuing their efforts in providing hunger relief to senior citizens, low-income families, and all of the workers in our local hospitality, service, and tourist industries who are facing financial hardships from unemployment. The remainder of everything raised will be sent as a monetary contribution to this organization, to assist them in serving the hunger needs of our community.”
AS I LAY DYING, whose April European tour was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe, said: “We recognize this is an uneasy climate for everyone right now so there is no pressure to contribute. At the very least, we hope sharing unreleased music will have a positive impact for those of you excited to hear it. Please be safe and kind to one another. We will get through this together.”
“Shaped By Fire” was produced by AS I LAY DYING and was mixed by Joseph McQueen at Sparrow Sound in Los Angeles, California, while mastering was completed by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in Nashville, Tennessee. The only exception was the track “My Own Grave”, which was produced by AS I LAY DYING, co-produced by Drew Fulk and mixed by Adam “Nolly” Getgood.