Zao guitarist/vocalist Scott Mellinger is the latest artist to comment on As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis‘ controversial return to music. The singer infamously tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013 and was released from prison in December 2016. When asked about the situation, Mellinger said he doesn’t think Lambesis deserves to be in a band.
Mellinger said the following on the BREWtally Speaking Podcast:
“With what little I know, I never thought those dudes would ever get back with that guy. I really never thought so. But I understand having music in your blood. The hard work that that group of guys took on themselves to do As I Lay Dying and turn it into what it became—I mean that band was one of THE biggest metal bands at one time.
So the allure of that, it’s hard to argue… it sucks man cause like you can’t win. It’s a lose/lose proposition really in my opinion. Do I think those guys deserve to be a band? I think Nick, Phil and Jordan deserve anything and everything that they get, because they’re the best dudes ever.
Do I think Tim Lambesis deserves to be in a band? fuck no. That dude wouldn’t be in a band if he went through with what he tried to go through. If he ended up not talking to a cop and talking to a real dude, like his wife might not be here, and it’s hard for me to even rationalize or any of that kind of stuff.
And I get it, it’s real easy now to look back on it and say I’m sorry and I’m repentant. Like if it would’ve worked out she would’ve been taken care of. That’s it, done. What are you gonna repent for then, ya know?
It’s just such a hard thing to think about cause like I said, I love those three guys so much, they’re some of the best dudes ever and I want to see them succeed in everything they do. It’s just a really big time bummer that they had to get involved with that guy, and Tim to turn into the guy he turned into and now be in the situation they’re in.”
It’s worth noting that Zao and As I Lay Dying were both part of the Christian metal scene and that Lambesis even co-produced Zao‘s 2009 album “Awake?.”
In other news, Mellinger also offered an update on Zao‘s new album:
“Well all the guitars have been recorded for it. Drums are done. I mean essentially all we really have to do now is bass and get Dan in there and have him do his vocals. We were hoping to get it out by the end of the year, but that may or may not still happen. If it does come out, it’ll be later in the year, but we might even end up, depending on what we see… cause there’s so many records supposedly coming out like this year, probably be a ton next year. But we’re trying not to get bogged down in all of the sea of releases, but hopefully once we get it all done and all that kinda stuff it’ll be sooner than later.”
[via The PRP]