Imprisoned frontman of As I Lay Dying admits to pretending to be religious to sell records

The frontman of the Christian metal band was sentenced to six years in jail this May for paying a 'hitman' to kill his wife

Imprisoned frontman of As I Lay Dying admits to pretending to be religious to sell records

Photo: Getty

Frontman of Christian metal band As I Lay Dying Tim Lambesis has admitted to lying about his faith in order to sell records.

Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison for plotting to kill his wife earlier this year. He was sentenced in a San Diego court on May 16 after pleading guilty to paying a police officer posing as a hitman $1,000 (£630) to kill his wife Meggan Lambesis.

In an interview with Alternative Press, via The Independent, Lambesis said that he is an atheist and has been for years, saying he dropped his religious beliefs at college. "In the process of trying to defend my faith, I started thinking the other point of view was the stronger one," he said. He explained that he still pretended to be religious when it came to the band. "When kids would want to pray with us after shows, I'd be like, 'Um, go ahead and pray!'" he said.

He also claimed that other supposed Christian bands are lying about their faith. "In 12 years of touring with As I Lay Dying, I would say maybe one in 10 Christian bands we toured with were actually Christian bands. I actually wasn't the first guy in As I Lay Dying to stop being a Christian. In fact, I think I was the third," he said. "We talked about whether to keep taking money from the 'Christian market'. We had this bizarrely 'noble' thing, like, "Well, we're not passing along any bad ideas. We're just singing about real life stuff. Those kids need to hear about real life, because they live in a bubble."

As I Lay Dying formed in San Diego in 2000 and released six albums, including 2007's 'An Ocean Between Us', which reached Number Eight on Billboard's charts. A single from the album, 'Nothing Left', was nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Hot Chip share video for new song 'Need You Now' - watch
Judas Priest launch their own brand of coffee to celebrate 35th anniversary of 'British...
The Vaccines share sci-fi 'Dream Lover' video - watch
Leon Bridges announces debut album 'Coming Home'
The Rolling Stones 'floating the idea' of playing 'Sticky Fingers' in full on...
Save Soho campaign announce London club night The Residency
The Beatles' Ringo Starr pays tribute to Cynthia Lennon
East London venue Rich Mix facing closure
O2 Priority Tickets for James Bay, The War On Drugs and Action Bronson available now
Swedish parliament votes to keep law banning dancing in public
John Lennon's former wife Cynthia dies following battle with cancer
Damon Albarn says Blur were 'too young and stupid' to value their relationship in the past
Scott Weiland guitarist Jeremy Brown dies aged 34
Vine of Maple The Dog playing drums to White Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army' goes viral
Glasgow's Arches venue saved from shutting as council rejects police closure order
Midweek chart update: The Prodigy outselling James Bay two to one in race for top spot
Run The Jewels' third album will be 'the hardest shit you've ever heard'
Paul McCartney says he finds inspiration for new songs on the toilet
Lana Del Rey and Grimes to tour US together this summer
Avril Lavigne says she 'thought she was dying' following Lyme Disease diagnosis
Madame Tussauds hire 'tissue attendants' to dry eyes of teary One Direction fans after...
The Cribs claim that 'old school dinosaurs' have blocked their efforts to become a...

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM