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As I Lay Dying

Divorce is usually a miserable experience. Some try to avoid it for as long as possible while others race through proceedings just to get the damn thing over with. As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis sought another avenue.

With divorce proceedings in progress Lambesis sought to pay a stranger to kill Meggan, his estranged wife of eight years. The fellow was so unnerved by the suggestion that he went to the police who sent an undercover agent to investigate.

Sure enough, Lambesis proffered the same murder-for-hire deal to the undercover San Diego cop. Busted. After reversing his plea from not guilty to guilty in a San Diego court, Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison while As I Lay Dying's current lineup (Phil Sgrosso, Nick Hipa, and Josh Gilbert) formed Wovenwar, with vocalist Shane Blay.

Fourteen years earlier, As I Lay Dying formed in San Diego around Lambesis and drummer Jordan Mancino. They took their moniker from the '30 John Steinbeck novel of the same name.

Amid near constant turnover, the Metalcore band rolled out their full-length debut "Beneath The Encasing Of Ashes" ('01). Two years later, "Frail Words Collapsed" hit the bottom reaches of Billboard's Indie Albums and Top Heatseekers charts. Critics dismissed As I Lay Dying as "nothing new."

The addition of guitarists Phil Sgrosso and Nick Hipa improved the group's fortunes. "Shadows Are Security" debuted at #1 on the Billboard Indie Album chart, eventually selling 275,000 copies.

Co-produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and As I Lay Dying, 07's "An Ocean Between Us" did even better, going to #1 on the Top Rock Chart and #8 on the Billboard 200 - the group's highest chart position. "The band has struck an effective balance between aggression and accessible melodies," wrote

Though '10's "The Powerless Rise" received favorable reviews, it didn't measure up to the two previous efforts, but by this time headlining tours were the norm. As I Lay Dying released a compilation, "Decas," later that year in honor of the band's tenth anniversary. It contained covers, originals and remixes.

Their sixth studio album, "Awakened," led to As I Lay Dying being named '12's "Metal Band of the Year" by Loudwire.

Months later, Lambesis was arrested which forced the band to cancel their mid-'13 tour with Killswitch Engage. "We feel that it is best for the band to be off the road while the current situation gets sorted," read a band statement. It got sorted. On 05/16/14, Lambesis was sentenced to prison with 48 days credit for time served.

He served two years before being paroled.

The official video for "My Own Grave" marked the return of As I Lay Dying's classic lineup - including Lambesis. But the band's '18 return was not embraced by everyone, considering their frontman's past criminal behavior. However, the group pressed on launching a comeback tour in San Diego.

The trek hit snag in Memphis when Growlers, a local venue, canceled the group's concert due to a local backlash. "When the show was first announced, hundreds of people bought tickets right away," the venue posted. "However, we've since heard the input of several people in the local community that we have the utmost respect for, and we want them to know that their voices are heard."

As I Lay Dying Discography

Studio Albums:

2001 Beneath The Encasing Of Ashes
2003 Frail Words Collapse
2005 Shadows Are Security
2007 An Ocean Between Us
2010 The Powerless Rise
2012 Awakened

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