Recorded in three months, As Daylight Dies was released on November 21, 2006 and peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with 60,000 sales in its first week. “As Daylight Dies” proved to be one of their biggest albums yet.It also entered the Australia album chart at number 29.Mixed by Dutkiewicz, the album received mostly positive reviews—Thom Jurek of Allmusic called it “a Top Five metal candidate for 2006 for sure”.Decibel Magazine contributor Nick Terry said “To call As Daylight Dies addictive would be an understatement. That it outdoes its already impressive enough predecessor could almost go without saying”. Cosmo Lee of Stylus Magazine commented “the album is astonishingly badly sequenced”, even though it praised the album as being “less emotionally heavy-handed, and a lot more fun”. As of November 27, 2007, As Daylight Dies has sold more than 500,000 units in the United States.
The album’s first single, “My Curse”, peaked at number 21 on the Hot Mainstream Rock chart, and is featured in the video games Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and Burnout Paradise and is available as downloadable content for Rock Band and Rock Band 2. “The Arms of Sorrow” peaked at number 31 on the same chart. The band’s cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver”, originally recorded for a Kerrang! compilation album titled High Voltage, peaked at number 12 on the Mainstream Rock charts. Early in 2007, the band had to cancel three of its European tour dates with The Haunted due to Dutkiewicz’s back problems. He required emergency back surgery and was replaced on the tour by Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers.
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