Phil Sgrosso Delivers Blistering Riffs from AILD’s ‘The Powerless Rise’

To mark the 10th anniversary of As I Lay Dying’s The Powerless Rise, guitarist Phil Sgrosso posted several fiery Instagram clips of his guitar parts off the album.

“[This is] one of my favorite As I Lay Dying riffs just because it’s sort of odd and not the most straightforward, but it’s still mean and aggressive,” noted Sgrosso of “The Only Constant is Change.”

Armed with his Charvel Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH FR E plugged into an EVH 5150 EL34 head, Sgrosso also broke down the throttling riffs for “Beyond Our Suffering” and “The Plague.”

“I initially loved the riff and I think the only change to help spice it up was the tail end walkdown, pull offs and added harmonies,” said Sgrosso of “The Plague.” “This song is another reason The Powerless Rise is our fastest record!”

Watch Sgrosso in his playthrough below and follow As I Lay Dying here for more music news and announcements.

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TPR RIFFS PART 1: Scroll 👉🏽⁣ ⁣ #1 – “Beyond Our Suffering”⁣ The first riff from the first track off of TPR. I decided to highlight the 2nd verse portion because it’s got a little more variation with the key change climbs to the 2nd and 3rd frets then back to the open root note with added 5th harmonies to make it a little more dark and evil sounding. Lots of hammer ons and pull offs so gotta have equal strength/force in each fretting finger. I think the inspiration stemmed from listening to a lot of The Haunted back in the day, they definitey have some of my favorite riffing EVER.⁣ ⁣ #2 – “The Only Constant is Change”⁣ One of my favorite AILD riffs just because it’s sort of odd and not the most straightforward but is still mean and aggressive. The notes are triplets but it’s still in 4/4 so it gives it a little bit of “swing”. I look at the riff as 6 parts. 2 parts notey, 2 parts loopey (with the root note change to 5th fret), 1 part back to open with guitar harmonies, last part with chunky mean power chords with an extended tag before entering verse B. The demo name for this was “Song 1” so this was apparently the first track I submitted during the TPR writing period. Btw, most demo titles of ours are much funnier and amusing than boring “Song 1” haha⁣ ⁣ #3 – “The Plague”⁣ An original demo of Josh’s and a fast ripper at 230 bpm, melodic and speedy over what I like to call “the ducky beat”. If you don’t know what “ducky beat” means then think of the “du” as the kick drum and “cky” as the snare. Ducky ducky ducky and so on go the drums 😂. I initially loved the riff and I think the only change to help spice it up was the tailend walkdown-pulloffs + added harmonies at the end 🤘🏽. This song is another reason TPR is our fastest record.⁣ ⁣ Gonna start chipping away on some more TPR era riffs and leads so let me know what you’d like to see for PART 2 😎

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