As I Lay Dying Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    In this lesson I will recreate and analyze the style of an American Metalcore band from San Diego, California which is called As I Lay Dying. Founded by Tim Lambesis (Vocals) in 2000, they released 6 studio albums and two compilation ones.

    Music Style:
    Their style is usually described as Metalcore and Melodic Metalcore. However they also include elements from Melodic Death Metal, Hardcore Punk, Heavy Metal and Grindcore. In this lesson I recreated their most extreme and also their most melodic sides in the same tune. You will find Metalcore, Thrash, Classis Metal and melodic influences that make this lesson a great way to understand AIDL style and composing concepts.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    Their music is dark and powerful, and their most often used tonalities are the minor ones. This tune is in D minor and both chord progressions and riffs have been composed using this scale. You will find the chords sounding behind the different riffs in the main video and over the tabs.

    This is a very tricky Rhythm lesson so it’s great for practicing palm muting, only down strokes, alternate picking, fast chord changes and timing. The most difficult thing is connecting each part smoothly so be patient and focus on playing everything tight.

    Tuning: I used drop D tuning for this one.

    Tempo: 125 BPM

    I used LePou plugins to create the guitar tone. The cabinet used for this guitar tone is Poulin Lecto which is a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Emulation. Here you can check the setting that I used:

    Click HERE to download the patch used.

    I also added a Tube Screamer emulated pedal before the amp from Waves Guitar Plug ins:

    I used Cubase to record audio and midi, SSD 3.5 for drums and Trillian for bass.

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