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The Concept of "Dynasty"
Posted by As They Sleep on 10/20/10

The Concept of "Dynasty" Doing a concept album is something we have always talked about. I've always found it awesome to be able to tie everything together on a record and have it all revolve around the same subject. We wanted to make this album as brutal as possible as well as staying true to our roots; to raise the bar in all aspects of the music, but keep it colorful and fresh.

Brutality aside, "Dynasty" focuses mainly on the rise and fall of various kingdoms, empires and dynasties throughout history, both factual and mythological. It ties in the reasons for collapse with power and battle-lust, and intertwines it all with modern problems and politics that we are dealing with today. It pretty much outlines popular stories in history regarding false gods, struggle, famine, dictatorship, and why these things didn't work.

The album starts off with "Oracle of the Dead" - a balls to the wall look at Hades, the so-called "God of the underworld." It then ventures through history, examining ancient Egypt, the Mayan civilization, and even Attila the Hun (look him up kids) only to wrap it all up with "The Unseen:" a kingdom we can only dream of, and exists only through faith.

We chose "Dynasty" as a title because it perfectly sums up the album, and even though it's a succession of rulers all from the same family or line, it symbolizes our inheritance of this earth as brothers and sisters. Whether we believe it or not, we're all worthy of inhabiting great things in the future, as long as we cleanse ourselves of the past.

There isn't an actual track called "Dynasty" on the record, but, you'll see that no other word could better describe this album. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we did writing it. Metal.


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Quick Bio

As They Sleep delivers brutally heavy and savagely technical death metal of the highest order, crafting songs that put all pretenders to shame with energizing riffs and blasting disharmony. Dynasty, the band's second album and Solid State debut, proves exactly why they were chosen as "The Next Great Metal Band" in a 2009 contest presented by Metal Blade & Metal Hammer.

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Aaron Bridgewater - Vocals
Nick Morris - Guitar
Barry Gomez - Guitar
Derek Kosiba - Bass
Tony Lukitsh - Drums