Late last week, the members of As I Lay Dying who are not awaiting sentencing for plotting to murder their wives released some Instagram videos depicting new studio work and a new singer. Speculation in the metal community wondered if the band was simply moving on as founder/singer Tim Lambesis heads to prison.
Now the band has issued a lengthy statement about a myriad of things, including their current ties to Christianity, the band's future, Lambesis' future as a musician and what exactly those new recordings were all about.
"Tim was not a Christian at the time of his arrest, nor was As I Lay Dying a Christian band in 2013," the statement reads. "The changed view had been written about it in a handful of As I Lay Dying songs and Tim's later atheistic view had even been documented in the court records."
So while the band doesn't necessarily identify with Christianity anymore, they claim Lambesis is coming back around to his abandoned beliefs. "I have gathered that after much brokenness and repentance he sees things differently, considers himself a follower of Jesus," the unnamed author of the statement reads. "Only time will tell if he is sincere."
Despite Lambesis' impending sentence, there are no concrete plans to terminate As I Lay Dying... for now. "There has been enough communication to establish some differences in opinion about what to do in the distant future," the statements says. "That keeps AILD's future in limbo."
As for that new project, the current members of As I Lay Dying have a new record with Oh, Sleeper's Shane Blay on vocals. The music is described as "stylistically different" than As I Lay Dying and they're planning on releasing new material that could be more "radio friendly."
It's also revealed that over the last six months, Lambesis has recorded new material, too, but he probably won't be hitting the road anytime soon. "His sentence certainly won't be forever," the statement concludes. "But even so, touring full time doesn't seem healthy or practical given his new outlook and goals. Creating new music is the part Tim loves most and he will always continue to release albums."
You can read the full statement—which covers a lot of ground—on their website.