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As I Lay Dying may or may not be continuing, who knows?

By | Published on Thursday 10 April 2014

As I Lay Dying

The official website of As I Lay Dying has published a lengthy statement on the future, or non-future of the metal band, saying that the project “is sleeping rather than dead”. But band members and the band’s label Metal Blade have said they had no involvement in the publishing of it.

The band’s future, of course, was thrown into doubt by frontman Tim Lambesis’s arrest for and subsequent admission of attempting to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife. Although he originally pleaded not guilty, he reached a plea deal in February and is now set to be sentenced on 2 May, and is expected to receive a nine year jail term.

In the statement published on the band’s website, the authorship of which is not clear, it is claimed that pending Lambesis’ sentencing, the group has been shrunk down to its two “official” members, Lambesis and drummer Jordan Mancino. Both are currently working on separate projects – Mancino with three other members of AILD’s most recent line-up, with an album featuring a “more radio-friendly sound” due for release through Metal Blade later this year.

The statement also said: “Tim has acknowledged his guilt and clearly made some bad decisions in a period of time where he acted contrary to the person he’s been most of his life. He believes AILD should only pick back up if it’s in a form restored to its roots. For Tim, the potential of pursuing AILD again means working on a lot of other more important things in his personal life first”.

However, responding via Facebook, guitarist Nick Hipa published a statement from the other members of the group noting that: “Tim is the only one with access to the As I Lay Dying site”. It also added that by revealing that they were working together and have an album ready, he (or whoever wrote the statement) has spoiled their plans for announcing this information themselves.

“We never want to capture attention dramatically, which is precisely why we’ve been off the radar for close to a year”, Hipa wrote. “Though the third person statement released earlier compromises a lot of how we had hoped to unroll things, we remain positive in our outlooks and look forward to sharing new music soon”.