Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying) Working On New Project

Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying) has been in the studio working on a new project. The frontman shared several posts regarding that:

Comedian Andy Dick Attends As I Lay Dying’s Los Angeles Show

Comedian Andy Dick was among those that attended As I Lay Dying‘s December 13 show with After The Burial and Emmure at The Regent in Los Angeles, CA. This news comes after Dick recently made headlines after only serving one day in jail after being charge with sexual battery and simple battery. However, the comedian wasn’t the only controversial figure at the show. As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis is continuing to face controversy himself considering the fact that he was released from prison in December 2016 after infamously trying to hire a hitman to kill his former wife in 2013.

As I Lay Dying’s Phil Sgrosso: “I Think Over Time People Will See The Positive Change In Tim”

During a recent interview with Houston Press, As I Lay Dying’s Phil Sgrosso talked a bit about his bandmate 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. Sgrosso had the following to say about Lambesis:

“It’s different for everybody on how they want to react to it but I think over time people will see the positive change in Tim. They’ll see the new person that he’s become as well as the new person he’s still trying to become, and the positive impact he’s trying to have on others.”

Cult Of Luna’s Johannes Persson On As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis: “How Is That Not A Person You Now Don’t Want Anything To Do With In Your Entire Life”

Cult Of Luna’s Johannes Persson 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 former wife in 2013 and was released from prison in December 2016. Though he didn’t mention him by name, Persson said that when someone does something horrible like that it is hard to understand why anyone would want anything to do with them.

Persson said the following during an interview with The Quietus:

“The background that I’m from – the musical background – was very much integrated with a lot of ethics and it was a very political scene too, which when you come from that kind of scene you think that everybody else thinks the same way in a sense.

So, for example, when a person that just tried to [have his wife killed] – something that happened just a couple of years ago – is out touring and people are happy to have a forgive and forget attitude about it? I cannot get my head around it. I cannot. How is that not a person you now don’t want anything to do with in your entire life?

How can [journalists] write about that band? There are a thousand other bands you can write about. How can you go to their show? How can they not be constantly questioned every single day about it? I don’t understand because with my background we call bullshit on people.

However, it might not sound like it, but I’m all for second chances, as long as that person has shown deep regret and I think that some time must-have passed before you can actually see if a person is sincere enough, and most of all you see it through their actions, not through their words.

For example, OK, let’s talk about this case right now – I’m not even going to say his name – but if you’re sincerely sorry, like I said: fine. Take all your proceedings, everything from every tour and donate it to a battered women’s shelter. Of course, you can take enough to make ends meet but just saying, ‘I’m sorry’, doesn’t cut it, especially when your band called you a sociopath before.

That’s how they work. They adapt to what fits them at this moment. I’m not buying it. You donate your money – at least that’s an action, that’s something that shows you’re going to do something that’s not for yourself. This is also about those coward fucking band members who threw shit on him one second and then when their other band didn’t work well [they welcomed him back] – money talks. That’s how it works.”

[via The PRP]

August Burns Red’s Jake Luhrs: “I Think That As I Lay Dying’s Story Is A Really Beautiful One Of Redemption And Forgiveness”

As I Lay Dying’s return is still a topic of controversy considering Tim Lambesis was released from prison in December 2016 after infamously trying to hire a hitman to kill his former wife in 2013, but some have chosen to forgive the frontman. One of those people is August Burns Red’s Jake Luhrs, who recently told Full Metal Jackie that he thinks “As I Lay Dying’s story is a really beautiful one of redemption and forgiveness.”

Luhrs said the following [transcribed by Loudwire]:

“First of all [my] HeartSupport [organization] is all about acceptance, and encouraging and forgiving. Our slogan is: ‘It doesn’t matter the color of your skin, what you believe in, who you are in love with, what’s been done to you, or what you have done, we accept you and want to help you where you are.’

I think that AILD’s story is a really beautiful one of redemption and forgiveness. It’s one that I don’t think a lot of people may think that forgiveness goes that far, or redemption is able at that point or forgiveness that we can really do that.

I really want to showcase and support them and give them a place to share that story and the truth about that and their process of forgiving each other and all of that, and kind of remind or see that we need to love each other.

We need to practice forgiveness and lean to second chances because it doesn’t matter really. You can take that story, their story, apply that to your own life and in some degree, you will need acceptance for forgiveness; you’re going to have to do that with other people. We’re human. And if we choose love we can conquer a lot of evil and a lot of hurt and pain.”

It’s worth noting that Luhrs previously guested on a new As I Lay Dying song titled “Redefined” and that HeartSupport has released a documentary on the band called “Misery Evolving – The Story Of Tim Lambesis & As I Lay Dying.”

House Of Blues Defend Decision To Book As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying’s return is still a topic of controversy considering Tim Lambesis was released from prison in December 2016 after infamously trying to hire a hitman to kill his former wife in 2013. With this being the case, a reporter for the Boston Herald recently took issue with the House Of Blues in Boston, MA for booking the band. A representative has since issued a statement defending their decision: “Though staff and management may not agree with particular performers appearing at our venues, ticket buyers have the right to purchase tickets or not purchase tickets.” It’s worth noting that seven of the shows on the group’s upcoming tour with After The Burial and Emmure will be held at House Of Blues venues.

[via Blabbermouth]

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.”

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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Zao’s Scott Mellinger: “Do I Think Tim Lambesis Deserves To Be In A Band? Fuck No.”

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]

As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis Addresses Memphis, TN Show Cancellation

As previously reported, As I Lay Dying’s April 5 show at Growlers in Memphis, TN 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. The singer has now addressed the cancellation, while also discussing the changes he has made since getting released.

Lambesis said the following:

“While I’m disappointed by the cancellation of our show in Memphis, I understand and accept the resentment some people have towards who I used to be. I stand against that person I became during the darkest period of my past, and it is part of my life’s work to prevent others from going down destructive paths. It’s now been almost six (6) years since I made the biggest mistake of my life, and I consider each day an opportunity to do something positive to turn my life around and to use my experience to help others.

As I move forward with this purpose I know there will be obstacles. However, I wish we could have come up with a more meaningful solution for the fans in Memphis rather than just cancel. Perhaps I could visit a recovery center in Memphis, a free event to our fans + those being served at the center, where I can open up for Q&A and all questions are welcome.

I look forward to continuing this conversation around recovery, how to prevent others from ending up in a bad place, and how to facilitate healing in the lives of people who have been hurt by others. I welcome the opportunity to address the topic of domestic violence and how I am not on the opposing side of this critical issue.

Since serving my time I’ve been involved in the following:
• Completed all of the courses necessary to become an addiction treatment counselor in the state of California with hopes of helping others who are struggling with addiction and mental health.
• Worked for a year as a case manager at an addiction treatment facility.
• Spent two years tutoring inmates who never finished high school. Education is the greatest tool we currently have for breaking the criminal cycle of repeat offenders.
• I currently visit prisons quarterly to help inmates without job skills train for their release so that they can become productive neighbors and not a burden on society. Most end up back in prison due to lack of hope or a support system.

Through AILD, our recent tours have allowed us the opportunity to donate proceeds of sales to organizations that help others—notably Heart Support and families affected by the California fires…

Thanks to our fans connecting with this message, we were able to become one of Heart Support’s main contributors (https://heartsupport.com/). We strongly believe in their objective to offer emotional support and counseling to young adults caught in cycles of depression, abuse, and addiction, and will continually support charities that further the process of healing for others.

By listing all of the above, it’s not my intention to gain praise or recognition. I simply want to make sure it’s clear how seriously I take all of these issues.

Throughout my four year incarceration and release, I’ve sought meaningful personal change and surrounded myself with family, friends, and counsel. I’m grateful to have earned the support of my bandmates, my wife, family, and fans who’ve also given me this chance. I will continue to move forward in my personal mission to help others and make a positive impact in the world around me, knowing there will be challenges, and believing that the next half of my life will be more meaningful than the first.

I look forward to continuing a discussion around recovery, mental health, domestic violence and prisoner reform for many years to come.”

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While I’m disappointed by the cancellation of our show in Memphis, I understand and accept the resentment some people have towards who I used to be. I stand against that person I became during the darkest period of my past, and it is part of my life's work to prevent others from going down destructive paths. It's now been almost six (6) years since I made the biggest mistake of my life, and I consider each day an opportunity to do something positive to turn my life around and to use my experience to help others. As I move forward with this purpose I know there will be obstacles. However, I wish we could have come up with a more meaningful solution for the fans in Memphis rather than just cancel. Perhaps I could visit a recovery center in Memphis, a free event to our fans + those being served at the center, where I can open up for Q&A and all questions are welcome. I look forward to continuing this conversation around recovery, how to prevent others from ending up in a bad place, and how to facilitate healing in the lives of people who have been hurt by others. I welcome the opportunity to address the topic of domestic violence and how I am not on the opposing side of this critical issue. Since serving my time I’ve been involved in the following: • Completed all of the courses necessary to become an addiction treatment counselor in the state of California with hopes of helping others who are struggling with addiction and mental health. • Worked for a year as a case manager at an addiction treatment facility. • Spent two years tutoring inmates who never finished high school. Education is the greatest tool we currently have for breaking the criminal cycle of repeat offenders. • I currently visit prisons quarterly to help inmates without job skills train for their release so that they can become productive neighbors and not a burden on society. Most end up back in prison due to lack of hope or a support system. Through AILD, our recent tours have allowed us the opportunity to donate proceeds of sales to organizations that help others—notably Heart Support and families affected by the California fires… (CONTINUED IN NEXT POST)

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