As I Lay Dying

Fear Factory, Hatebreed, The Contortionist, Etc. Members Weigh In On As I Lay Dying’s Return (Updated)


Update June 08th, 2018 12:33pm:

Sumerian Records, etc. founder Ash Avildsen has shared more thoughts via Twitter, you can find his additional tweets on the matter inserted into the story below.

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There’s been no shortage of opinions on the return of As I Lay Dying with their ‘classic’ lineup. While they’ve been relatively silent in recent weeks, some more of the band’s peers have now spoken out. The group debuted their new single “My Own Grave last night (June 07th,) but as of press time, have yet to speak out on their decision to reunite.

If you’re somehow unaware, As I Lay Dying‘s career came to a screeching halt back in 2013 when frontman Tim Lambesis was arrested for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his wife at the time. 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 behavior and actions and publicly hasn’t said anything since, nor have his bandmates. During his time in prison, guitarist Nick Hipa spoke out critically against Lambesis, though his participation in the band’s reunion suggests that all has been forgiven.

Yesterday, June 07th, saw Hatebreed, Jasta, etc. vocalist Jamey Jasta weigh in. And while Jasta initially joked about the matter, he deleted his tweet and went on to clarify his opinions on the matter.

Jamey Jasta's Deleted Tweet

Fear Factory, etc. guitarist Dino Cazares offered some thoughts on the matter via conversations on social media as well:

The Contortionist frontman Michael Lessard offered his more condemning take:

Likewise, Sumerian Records, etc. founder Ash Avildsen made a disparaging tweet widely thought to be in regards to the situation [Updated – June 08th, 2018 12:33pm]:

The Atlas Moth vocalist/guitarist Stavros Giannopoulos had the following to say of Lambesis and the band’s return:

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