Metal Blade Records have announced that they will be reissuing As I Lay Dying’s “Frail Words Collapse” and “Shadows Are Security” on limited edition colored vinyl on January 26. You can pre-order those HERE.
Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying) has officially broken his silence since being released from prison back in December 2016, after trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013. The singer posted a lengthy apology on the band’s Facebook, which you can read below.
“Words cannot begin to express how deeply sorry I am for the hurt that I have caused. There is no defense for what I did, and I look back on the person I became with as much disdain as many of you likely do.
First, I apologize to my former wife and remarkable children for my appalling actions. There’s not a single day that goes by where I don’t wish I could undo the damage I caused, and out of respect for their wishes I will not discuss anything else about them (now or in the future). I also ask anyone reading this to promote healing for them by respecting their privacy and defending them from any negativity or anger which should be directed towards me. I was the sole offender and the only one to blame for everything that happened.
To my family, I apologize for the trauma you faced and may still feel. This is an ongoing sentence many of you serve because of me. I am so sorry to my friends who were betrayed by everything I hid from them and all the hardships I caused people who used to work with me. Band mates, road crew, managers, attorneys, agents, label people, and more all had to suffer through many unexpected changes because of my actions. While they were dealing with the aftermath of my arrest, I responded toward many of them with bitterness that I should have directed toward myself. I know that I can’t undo the animosity I brought their way, but I hope to mend what I can now as time goes on.
To the people who looked up to me as an artist, I let you down in so many ways. I tried to show my best side to the public, while feeding an ugly growing monster behind closed doors. I wrote lyrics about the person I wanted to be rather than the person that I was. I was living a life that lacked empathy and viewed everything through a self-motivated lens.
I cannot say for certain what life looks like going forward as so much is different now and I’m still learning. Music always has and always will be a part of me, and has helped me get through the darkest parts of my journey. However, this apology is not a part of promoting anything. Rumors circulate, and that’s something I’ve learned to accept, but this apology is just that, an apology to everyone around me.
I’ve remained silent to the public since expressing remorse at my sentencing because time seemed like the best way to promote healing. Today marks the first opportunity to freely apologize without any motivation to gain favor from the courts, as I have now completed the entirety of my legal sentence (including the completion of all parole/probation requirements). Let it be clear that no amount of time served can right my wrongs. I do not feel deserving of a second chance and am not asking for anyone’s trust. The way many people feel about me makes sense, and only time will tell if my future actions line up with my remorse, something I pray for every day. In the last five years, the ripple effect of all my actions has extended further than a written statement can address. Thus, I will continue to apologize in both words and actions moving forward.
Thank you for reading,
With Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying) having been released from prison after trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife, he is apparently planning to resurrect As I Lay Dying with a new lineup. The news was reported by Rock Feed, who have a source that they say is “familiar with the situation.” Considering Lambesis previously posted a teaser on his and the band’s social media that said “Activity,” this news isn’t too surprising. As far as his former As I Lay Dying bandmates go, they have condemned his behavior and have since moved on in Wovenwar.
With Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying) having been released from prison after trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife, he is apparently teasing some sort of announcement on his and As I Lay Dying’s social media. It is just a simple message that says “Activity.” It is unknown what he is referring to, especially since his As I Lay Dying bandmates have condemned his behavior and have since moved on in Wovenwar, but it is possible that he could have either a new project in the works or maybe even a new incarnation of the band. Only time will tell though, so stay tuned for updates.
It looks like Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying), who went to prison after trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife, has been released early. George Lynch (Dokken, etc.), whose daughter was engaged to As I Lay Dying’s Nick Hipa, recently revealed the news to Eddie Trunk. Alternative Press then confirmed Lynch’s comments by reaching out to a representative from the California Department Of Corrections And Rehabilitation who said Lambesis was discharged to the Division of Adult Parole Operations on December 17, 2016.
Here’s Lynch’s statement:
“[Tim] is a Biola-trained theologian. The guy’s really super bright. He had an IQ of 160; the guy had a brain like a freaking vice.
I had every freaking argument out there, and he just was able to really kind of battle every argument, ’cause he had every counter-argument prepared in his mind; he had studied so hard. And as silly as his argument was, and as much as it didn’t really hold water when you thought about it — it was all fallacious arguments — but…”
“Anyways, he just got out of jail for attempting to kill his wife. Now I’m not saying this as an indictment against anything. All I’m saying is, there is a guy who could argue Christianity beyond anybody I’ve ever spoken to in my life; I had these very heated debates with this guy… He had a beautiful wife; they had adopted three Cambodian children. And then he discovered cocaine, strippers, heroin and steroids. He went completely off the rails, abandoned his family, his wife threatened to divorce him, he hired an off-duty cop to kill her.
He recently got out of jail. He destroyed his band. They don’t have a pot to piss in now; they’re all struggling. [They are] a great band. I know them very well because, actually, the guitar player was my daughter’s fiancé. And, actually, the drummer [Jordan Mancino] played in another project I had ways back, Souls Of We. So, anyways, he’s out, he’s got a mega record deal, he’s got a book deal, everything’s lined up for him. I mean, he’s gonna skate through life. Everybody else is suffering. His wife is living in fear, his children are living in fear. His band doesn’t have a pot to piss in.”
Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying), who is still in prison after trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife, has filed a lawsuit against a California medical team, saying that Vista Detention Facility nurse Mary Abiaro and others, due to them not giving him the drug Anastrozole. A doctor supposedly prescribed him the drug for his withdrawals from anabolic steroids.
Lambesis was originally asking for $35,500,000 in general and punitive damages, due to him developing Gynecomastia, after an hormonal imbalance which was a result of him not receiving the prescription. Abiaro was able to get the punitive damages claim dismissed by Judge Anello, but a medical negligence claim is still set to go to trial August 8, 2017. More info on the suit can be found at Loudwire, and in court documents located at Justia and Case Text.
According to Loudwire, a verdict has been reached in the Tim Lambesis case today (May 16). The As I Lay Dying vocalist was sentenced to six years in prison, for attempting to hire someone to kill his estranged wife, Meggan, which he pleaded guilty to in February.
Meggan said that she “felt as fragile as a piece of paper that could float away at any moment,” due to how “dangerous” Lambesis had become. Her parents also spoke at the trial, in her support.
Tim Lambesis, himself, was also allowed to speak and said the following:
“I do feel deep remorse. I want to thank you. For her prayers, which proves you still have the heart that you do.”
Along with the six years of prison the judge also gave Meggan and her children 10 years of protection. Meggan has also filed a civil suit, against the vocalist, in which she is asking for $2 million.
Meanwhile, Lambesis’ bandmates have moved on to make the band Wovenwar, who released their first single on April 21.
You can also read an in depth interview with Lambesis, that was conducted in the weeks leading to his sentence on Alternative Press.