Wovenwar (As I Lay Dying, Oh Sleeper) have premiered a new song titled “Lines In The Sand,” via Billboard. This song is from the band’s new album, “Honor Is Dead,” which will be released on October 21.
In other news, Nick Hipa also opened up about his ex-As I Lay Dying bandmate Tim Lambesis, who is in prison for hiring a hitman to kill his wife Meggan. During the chat, he discussed how the band members and Lambesis’ family faced fallout from the media, especially an Alternative Press interview with Lambesis, which was released right after his sentencing. You can read an excerpt from Billboard‘s interview with Hipa below:
“The day he had to account for what he had done, all this comes out. And then the response to that was a lot of people supported him. A lot of people said negative things about Meggan and her family, and it was very hurtful to them,” recalls Hipa. “They felt like [as] the victims of the situation [they] never had a voice, never stood a chance.”
Hipa notes that the AP article “set the tone for so much of what we would encounter for the next year-and-a-half. You get things like that that would come out, and people would chime in on it. It would shape the way that people viewed us and what we were doing. People would go out of their way to personally tell me how terrible a dude I was, how much they hoped awful things would happen to me and my family.” He atrributes such behavior to people being “overly opinionated and underinformed,” but it hasn’t made it easier for him to hear brutal opinions from fans who “bought that lie [that Meggan] probably deserved it.”
“None of them know those kids or that woman like we do. They don’t understand what he put them through to get her to a place to be like, ‘You know what? I have to protect these children from you,'” explains Hipa. “If anyone can look at the situation objectively, they can even see this guy tried to have someone murdered, and his reasoning was that he was on steroids so he was unable to think rationally, and he lost his religion, so he wasn’t able to make any moral decisions. This is who he says he was at the time, and that’s why he tried to kill her. If that’s the type of person you’re admitting to being, what sort of good mother do you think would let their kids hang around with that [kind of] personality?”
Further proving that the saga won’t die: Metal blogs were once again set atwitter when the news broke in September that Lambesis had filed a $35.5 million lawsuit against two California detention facilities, claiming that he was denied medication to counteract the side effects of his steroid use and, as a result, his breasts became abnormally enlarged.
“It’s sad to see somebody that we spent so much of our lives with end up in such a place,” says Hipa of the recent development. “He could have made such a great impact on this world, but he just gave in to the worst parts of himself. Even more discouraging for me is the fact that he’s trying to file a lawsuit for that amount. It says to me he’s still the same sort of personality at his core; nothing has changed. He thinks of himself a certain way, and he thinks of himself in a situation he created as a victim.”