As I Lay Dying Perform First Show in Five Years
Metalcore band As I Lay Dying performed their first comeback show last night at Soma Sidestage in San Diego, California. The band's "classic" lineup of vocalist Tim Lambesis, guitarists Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso, bassist Josh Gilbert and drummer Jordan Mancino was present. This was their first time on stage as As I Lay Dying since 2013. You can watch a number of fan-filmed videos of the concert below.
The band's return has been shrouded in controversy, as Lambesis was incarcerated in 2014 for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife. Ultimately, he served three years of his six-year sentence and was released near the beginning of 2017. Earlier this month As I Lay Dying released their first new song in nearly six years, titled "My Own Grave." The accompanying music video confirmed the return of their "classic" lineup.
While Lambesis served his time, the rest of the band's members formed the group Wovenwar, issuing their self-titled debut in 2014, followed by Honor Is Dead two years later. Both albums were released through Metal Blade, the label home of every As I Lay Dying record starting with Frail Words Collapse.
We penned an op-ed discussing the moral implications and dilemmas behind the entire situation. We also compiled a list of musicians who have come forth with comments of their own. Last night the band released a 30-minute tell-all video that details the specifics around how their return came together.
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