Jul 312018

The reunited classic lineup of California metallers As I Lay Dying — Tim Lambesis on lead vocals, Jordan Mancino on drums, Phil Sgrosso on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Nick Hipa on lead guitar and backing vocals, and Josh Gilbert on bass and clean vocals — will embark on a European tour in December.

As I Lay Dying played its first first comeback show on June 16 at Soma Sidestage in San Diego, California. An official video recap of the concert can be seen below.

The band said in a statement: “We are thankful for an environment of love and positivity within and around our renewed relationships. To the family, friends, crew, and fans in attendance at our recent San Diego show, we would like to express our deepest sense of gratitude for making the evening such a meaningful experience.”

The dates are as follows:

Dec. 01 – Germany Bochum @ Matrix
Dec. 02 – Netherlands Eindhoven @ Dynamo
Dec. 03 – Belgium Antwerp @ Zappa
Dec. 04 – France Paris @ La Maroquinerie
Dec. 05 – Switzerland Aarau @ Kiff
Dec. 06 – Italy Bologna @ Locomotive Club
Dec. 07 – Austria Wien @ SiMM City
Dec. 08 – Germany München @ Backstage
Dec. 09 – Germany Karlsruhe @ Substage
Dec. 10 – Czech Rep Prague @ Futurum
Dec. 11 – Poland Warsaw @ Hydrozagadka
Dec. 12 – Germany Berlin @ Musik & Frieden
Dec. 13 – Germany Hamburg @ Logo
Dec. 14 – Germany Hannover @ Musikzentrum
Dec. 15 – Germany Chemnitz @ AJZ

In May 2014, As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis was sentenced to six years in jail after pleading guilty to paying a San Diego police officer posing as a hit man $1,000 to kill his wife. Approximately two and a half years later — on December 17, 2016 — he was discharged from a California detention facility and was transferred to the Division of Adult Parole Operations.

Last December, Lambesis released a statement in which he apologized to his former wife and children for his “appalling actions.” He also accepted responsibility for being “the sole offender and the only one to blame for everything that happened.”

Last June, As I Lay Dying released a new song called ‘My Own Grave’ (video below) which marked the first fresh music from the band since it released its sixth album, “Awakened”, back in September 2012.

The $10 tickets to As I Lay Dying‘s first show since 2013 at the 300-capacity Soma Sidestage reportedly sold out in four minutes. It was said to be the band’s decision to play on a smaller stage rather than the 2,000-capacity mainstage. (video)

Awakened, the sixth album from As I Lay Dying, has been released Sept. 25  2012 via Metal Blade Records. The CD was produced by Bill Stevenson, who has played drums for both the Descendents and Black Flag and is one of the most highly renowned producers in rock. His production credits include work on records by Rise AgainstNOFXPropaghandi, The Casualties and many more. The album was mixed by Colin Richardson  [Machine Head, Napalm Death, Slipknot].

The day of the Soma Sidestage concert, the five members of As I Lay Dying released a half-hour video in which they discussed the return of their classic lineup, including how they reconnected and repaired their personal relationships following Lambesis‘s release from prison.

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Video for ‘My Own Grave’

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