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As I Lay Dying acknowledge controversy surrounding reunion

By | Published on Tuesday 12 June 2018

Tim Lambesis / As I Lay Dying

The until recently former members of metal outfit As I Lay Dying have responded to outcry after they announced that they have reunited with frontman Tim Lambesis. Sort of.

Lambesis was jailed in 2014 after he admitted to attempting to hire an undercover police officer, who he believed to be a hitman, to kill his estranged wife. Upon his release in 2016, he issued a statement via the As I Lay Dying Facebook page apologising for his actions.

After their frontman’s conviction, the most recent line-up of the band formed new outfit Wovenwar with Oh, Sleeper vocalist Shane Blay. But a statement on the As I Lay Dying website at the time indicated that the band nevertheless planned to reunite at some point in the future. However, guitarist Nick Hipa then said that he and his bandmates had no part in writing that statement and that Lambesis was the only person who had access to the official website.

But now they have reunited. Last week they unveiled new track ‘My Own Grave’, which was met with a very mixed response. Many were excited to hear new music from the band, although countless others were dismayed to see Lambesis able to seemingly pick up where he left off after such a serious conviction.

Referencing the controversy surrounding their reunion, a new post appeared on the band’s Facebook page yesterday saying: “It’s difficult to encapsulate all of the topics we want to address with a written statement. We understand there are many questions and we plan to address them this week”.

Exactly when and how they will address these issues this week is unclear, although they are booked to play a comeback show at Soma in San Diego on 16 Jun, so presumably it will be on or before that date.