Before As I Lay Dying played Las Vegas venue The Joint December 28, an area periodical wrote, "Tim Lambesis, vocalist for rising metalcore act As I Lay Dying...has watched bands that were once underground darlings soften their edge to take advantage of the hardcore/metal scene's increased exposure. As I Lay Dying, a quintet from San Diego, has done a fair amount of exploitation itself, but not at the expense of its aesthetic principles. Over the past three years, it has sought a balance between its assaulting rhythms and larynx-shredding yowling, and a tunefulness aimed to prevent the band from becoming a thrash caricature.... Songs like 'Forever' reveal an emotional dynamic that explain the surge in interest for the band, though it never expected it to reach the numbers it did."
Las Vegas Mercury, 12-22-04