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The Apparent Return Of Tim Lambesis & As I Lay Dying Has Raised Some Tough Questions


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Since last weeks official reveal of As I Lay Dying‘s imminent return, the metal community has been faced with a tough question: their stance on Tim Lambesis. Lambesis was of course sentenced to nine years in prison for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his then wife, Meggan. In 2014 he pled guilty to a charge of solicitation of another to commit murder and spent roughly two years in jail, eventually being paroled in December of 2016.

In December of 2017 he issued this apology for his actions. During his incarceration the extent of Lambesis‘ steroid abuse around the time of his crime became clear. In 2016 he filed a multi-million dollar suit against the detention facility housing him and the nurse treating him for allegedly failing to provide him with Anastrozole to combat his steroid withdrawal. In the suit he alleged that he developed enlarged breasts as a result of their decision not give him the drug. It is unclear how that suit has proceeded.

While on house arrest in a 2014 interview, Lambesis spoke of his strained relationship with his then bandmates in light of his crimes. In an interview conducted that same year, the band’s guitarist Nick Hipa spoke out critically against Lambesis for his actions. During Lambesis‘ time in prison his former bandmates (Hipa, Phil Sgrosso, Jordan Mancino and Josh Gilbert) stayed together in a new band dubbed Wovenwar, with Shane Blay of Oh, Sleeper on vocals.

As it now seems that many of those former As I Lay Dying members have rejoined Lambesis, a considerable amount of turmoil has emerged in the metal community. Comment sections find either those who have forgiven Lambesis, chosen to overlook the seriousness of his crime or don’t care about what he did to begin with. Fellow metal site MetalSucks took things a step further, vowing today, June 07th, to stop covering the band.

With the group’s new single “My Own Grave” tentatively set to debut tomorrow, June 08th, we’ll presumably have more details in regards to the band’s decision to return and who exactly all is involved.

However, for a genre as outspoken as metal can be, it’s been surprising to see that few of As I Lay Dying‘s peers have weighed in on the matter in the past week. While some would allege it’s out of fear of burning a potential slot on a tour with the band, it could also be accounted to a lack of details yet—it certainly does seem that the public deserve a proper explanation as to how and why the band have chosen to return.

Notably, one prominent musician did comment on the matter today however, as Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, Jasta, etc. fame weighed in with the following tweet. Given the current lack of information regarding the band’s return, it does seems like the most clear-headed approach to currently take:

 

*Update* Then again, it would appear that even Jasta wasn’t able to resist a joke/gut reaction, tweeting the following and deleting it before reconsidering the matter himself:

Jamey Jasta's Deleted Tweet

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