As I Lay Dying controversially return with frontman who was jailed for plotting to have wife murdered

The music world responds to the controversy

The metal community has responded as As I Lay Dying have return with a new song and tour news after controversially reuniting with frontman Tim Lambesis – who was jailed for conspiracy to commit murder.

Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison for plotting to kill his wife back in 2014. He was sentenced after pleading guilty to paying a police officer posing as a hitman $1,000 (£630) to kill his then wife, Meggan Lambesis. After being released in December 2016, Lambesis last year took to the band’s official Facebook page to post a lengthy statement, “apologising to everyone” for his actions.

Now, the San Diego metalcore band are back with their ‘classic’ line-up of Lambesis, along with guitarists Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso, bassist Josh Gilbert and drummer Jordan Mancino – releasing their first new song in six years with ‘My Own Grave’, as well as announcing details of a homecoming show on June 16.

However, many artists and fans within the metal community are unhappy about Lambesis’ return to music:

Some however, defending the band and their decision to return with Lambesis:

One fan Arlo Pineda Jordan wrote on Facebook: “This band is a perfect example that shit happens, and in spite of what happened, they decided to bury the hatchet and move forward.”

Mackenzie Vieth agreed “‘Omg he did something bad how can you support the band?’ Listen virtue signallers, he served his time. That’s how our justice system works. Besides, I’m trying to listen to their new music, not marry the dude,” while Jacob Rhoads added: “Regardless the past, everyone makes mistakes…some way more brutal and crucial than others, but this is moving on and forward.”

CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 24: Lead vocalist Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying performs during the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at the Riverbend Music Center on July 24, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joey Foley/Getty Images)

“Words cannot begin to express how deeply sorry I am for the hurt that I have caused,” Lambesis wrote last year. “There is no defence for what I did, and I look back on the person I became with as much disdain as many of you likely do.

“First, I apologise to my former wife and remarkable children for my appalling actions. There’s not a single day that goes by where I don’t wish I could undo the damage I caused, and out of respect for their wishes I will not discuss anything else about them (now or in the future). I also ask anyone reading this to promote healing for them by respecting their privacy and defending them from any negativity or anger which should be directed towards me. I was the sole offender and the only one to blame for everything that happened.”

As I Lay Dying’s Tim Labesis

He continued: “To the people who looked up to me as an artist, I let you down in so many ways. I tried to show my best side to the public, while feeding an ugly growing monster behind closed doors. I wrote lyrics about the person I wanted to be rather than the person that I was. I was living a life that lacked empathy and viewed everything through a self-motivated lens.

“I cannot say for certain what life looks like going forward as so much is different now and I’m still learning. Music always has and always will be a part of me, and has helped me get through the darkest parts of my journey. However, this apology is not a part of promoting anything. Rumors circulate, and that’s something I’ve learned to accept, but this apology is just that, an apology to everyone around me.”