Ken Susi Discusses Unearth’s Decision To Tour With As I Lay Dying

As previously reported, Unearth, Chelsea Grin, and Fit For A King will be opening for As I Lay Dying on their European tour despite Tim Lambesis’ criminal past. The singer was released from prison back in December 2016 after infamously trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013. Now, during an appearance on the BREWtally Speaking Podcast, Unearth guitarist Ken Susi has discussed the band’s decision to take part in the trek.

Susi said the following [transcribed by The PRP]:

“Not to get into a huge As I Lay Dying/Tim Lambesis conversation, because I know that’s what forums or… everyone’s going to be hyper focused on what I have to say about it.

When Tim went to prison it was a shock for all of us. We couldn’t believe it, after knowing him for so many years it was tough to wrap our heads around what actually went down. The fact that he did what he did. But with everything, with life. Nothing ever happened—nothing happened in the sense that no one was hurt, thankfully. But what he did was incredibly wrong.

A lot of my guys were conflicted about doing the run in general. But at the end of the day, me personally, speaking on my behalf—not my band—I can say that we’ve known As I Lay Dying just as long as we’ve known about anybody else. We knew them back when they were on Pluto Records.

Funny enough Tim gave us a demo tape outside a VFW hall when we were touring maybe with Indecision back in 2000 or 2001. And we became friends with them off of him handing us a demo tape, and us staying in touch over time.

Back then we weren’t frequenting the West Coast as much, so it was just good to know somebody back then, and they were always really good genuine guys.

Beyond that, Jordan Mancino played drums for us for a year, year and a half when Nick blew his back out and had to get surgery.

We’ve been super tight with those guys from doing Slipknot tours, and headliners and co-headliners and all the stuff throughout the years, being labelmates with Metal Blade, especially at that time and even now. The bands have a lot of camaraderie, us and Black Dahlia Murder, a lot of the bands that were just signed to that label at that time, it was a family atmosphere…

Also I’m a rep for Fishman Pickups and Fishman brand and I’ve supported Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso the whole way, even when they were in Wovenwar, or if they didn’t have a band I told them flat out that they’re my friends I wanna support them regardless. They didn’t do the horrible thing that has been inflicted onto their band, and their legacy. I don’t think we should hold them accountable.

Tim did something wrong, he spent time in jail. In my opinion, he’s done his time. What he did is unspeakable, and I don’t condone it, and I don’t think at this point he does either.

Like I said to him when he and I had a talk, he’s gotta walk this earth humbled at the fact that MAYBE people will give him a second chance or not. Hopefully he’s a changed man, I wish them the best.

Thing is this: a lot of people may say that’s a bad thing, and no one deserves a second chance after that. But I’m not the one to make that decision, neither is my band.

We’ve known that band for a long time and supported that band, minus Tim, and we’re not gonna change our position on that… because the guys in the band are extraordinary people.”

Other artists, such as Zao‘s Scott Mellinger, have called out Lambesis for his crimes. Susi also touched on that a bit as well:

“It’s good that things worked out for Zao as far as the Tim Lambesis thing goes, but Tim Lambesis is a hot button topic. If I didn’t have the relationship that I have with him for all these years, I may have a different perspective—and I know a lot of people have a different perspective.

It’s just one of those things. What he did was wrong. He knows it. I hate to say it, I treated him, when he came to talk to me, like I would my brother, I was VERY hard on him. I think a lot of people were too.

So it’s a hot button topic, but the thing is, the best part about America is that anyone can have their own opinion and people can do whatever the hell they want and we shouldn’t really typecast people, for instance, for their beliefs.

So for instance, if someone chooses to side with Tim—which I’m not saying I do—and some people that chose to go against him, or support him—which I believe there are plenty of people that are practicing right now. The best part about our world is we have the choice… to follow the bands we want to follow, listen to whatever music we wanna listen to and as long as that’s still happening, I’m a happy person.”

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As I Lay Dying Premiere Music Video For New Song “Redefined” Feat. August Burns Red’s Jake Luhrs

As I Lay Dying have released a new song titled “Redefined.” The track features August Burns Red’s Jake Luhrs and an official video for it can be found below. This is As I Lay Dying’s second new song since Tim Lambesis was released from prison in December 2016 after infamously trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013.

As I Lay Dying To Release New Song “Redefined” On Friday

As I Lay Dying have announced that they will be releasing a new song titled “Redefined” on Friday (April 12). This will be the band’s second new track since Tim Lambesis was released from prison in December 2016 after infamously trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013.

As I Lay Dying Announce European/UK Tour With Chelsea Grin, Unearth, & Fit For A King

As I Lay Dying have announced a headlining European/UK tour. Chelsea Grin, Unearth, and Fit For A King will serve as support. As previously reported, As I Lay Dying also appear to be working on new music. The group previously released a single titled “My Own Grave” in June 2018. That track was the band’s first since Tim Lambesis was released from prison in December 2016 after infamously trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013.

Tour Dates:

09/24 St. Petersburg, RUS – Cosmonav (As I Lay Dying only)
09/25 Moscow, RUS – Glavclub (As I Lay Dying only)
09/27 Leipzig, GER – Haus Auensee
09/28 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
09/30 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller
10/01 Stockholm, SWE – Fryshuset Klubben
10/02 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
10/03 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
10/04 Prague, CZE – Forum Karlin
10/05 Munich, GER – Zenith
10/06 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
10/07 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
10/09 Milan, ITA – Magazzini Generali
10/10 Zurich, SWI – Volkshaus
10/11 Grenoble, FRA – La Belle Electrique
10/12 Barcelona, SPA – Apolo
10/13 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
10/15 Paris, FRA – Bataclan
10/16 Brussels, BEL – AB
10/17 Tilburg, NET – 013
10/18 Saarbrucken, GER – E-Werk
10/19 Cologne, GER – Palladium

As I Lay Dying Appear To Be Recording New Music

As I Lay Dying are currently on tour, but it looks like they started recording some new material before they left. The band shared the below photo from Signature Sound Studio in San Diego, CA, while also confirming that drum tracking has already been completed. The group previously released a single titled “My Own Grave” in June 2018. That track was the band’s first since Tim Lambesis was released from prison in December 2016 after infamously trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013.

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Drum Tracking ✔️

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Phinehas, Currents, & Frost Koffin Added To As I Lay Dying’s Spring North American Tour

Phinehas, Currents, and Frost Koffin have been confirmed as the openers for As I Lay Dying‘s spring North American tour. With this news, an April 5 show at the Apollo Theater AC in Belvidere, IL has also been added. The band were originally scheduled to perform at Growlers in Memphis, TN on that date, but the concert was cancelled due to backlash stemming from Tim Lambesis’ criminal past. The frontman infamously tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013 and was released from prison in December 2016.

Tour Dates:

03/15 St. Louis, MO – Pops
03/16 Peoria, IL. – Monarch
03/17 Joliet, IL – The Forge
03/18 Louisville, KY – Diamond Concert Hall
03/19 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
03/20 Rochester, NY – The Montage Music Hall
03/21 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
03/22 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
03/23 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom
03/24 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
03/25 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore SoundStage
03/26 Greensboro, NC – Blind Tiger
03/27 Columbia, SC – The Senate
03/29 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
03/30 Jacksonville, FL – 1904
03/31 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
04/02 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theater
04/03 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
04/04 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
04/05 Belvidere, IL – Apollo Theater AC
04/06 Springfield, MO – The Complex

As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis And His Current Wife Open Up About Their Relationship

With today being Valentine’s Day, As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis and his current wife Amanda Dubord have decided to open up about their relationship. You can see posts from both of them below. The couple got married while Lambesis was incarcerated for trying to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife Meggan in 2013. He was released from prison in December 2016.

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I’ve posted a couple photos with @amandadubord before, but it’s hard to properly introduce her without sharing a little bit of our story. She was my source of strength through the hardest 6 years of my life. She loved me at the top before I fell, and she somehow loves me even more now. Different people came and went during those 6 years, but Amanda, our family, and a few close friends were the only ones there the whole time. She hated seeing what I became, but she was still able to see that the man she loved wasn’t lost forever. I reached out my drowning hand, and she helped pull me ashore. Amanda drove hours to see me in chains behind thick glass for only 30 minutes. There were weeks when I was on 24 hour lockdown and my eventual 15 minute phone call with her is what got me through depression and isolation. When I finally got transferred to a medium custody facility I was able to finally see her in person again. We had been talking about it for years and finally ended up getting married about 6 months later. Even though it was just the two of us with our parents standing in front of some filing cabinets in the visiting room, it was the most real and beautiful moment of my life so far. Now we’re nearly inseparable, making up for years lost and pushing each other to reach our goals and be better people. There was so much pain to overcome, but there is also so much strength that came from it. That is why I call Amanda a warrior.

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READ ME ** Let’s get real people. Its easy to love someone when life is smooth sailing and there’s nothing but sunshine and smiles together. But to love someone when things go south and life gets hard, that’s something. When flaws are exposed and mistakes are made, that’s when love is truly tested. I feel all we see today are relationship posts that rave about the good days, but wheres the real in that? I think it’s about time Tim and I start sharing a little of our story with you all. Its also so important to be reminded that good relationships take work and what you see on social media is only a portion of what really goes on. Our marriage hasn’t always been dancing in the rain and forehead kisses. It’s been sacrifice and compromise, understanding and growth through communication. Love can be so painful, but love can also be the greatest feeling in the world. Here are 2 pictures both from my wedding day. The first is a photo from our wedding celebration that took place a year after our actual wedding. It’s was truly a fairly tale. The second photo holds my heart. Tim and I were married May 2nd of 2015 at CDCR prison. We said “I do” in front of our parents, a file cabinet and a few inmates. There was no Dj or cake, no honey moon or bridal party. 3 photos in total and I got a 3 second kiss that was watched by a guard. That day was the best day of my life so far and so damn rock and roll. To my husband, we made it, despite all odds against us. To our family, thank you for all of your love and support. Our friends that stuck by us, there are no words to describe the love we have for you. To our new followers and friends, we welcome you

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