As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis Murder For Hire Details has compiled court transcripts and file documents to piece together the strange tale of As I Lay Dying’s lead singer Tim Lambesis’ alleged murder for hire to dispose of his wife.   The story begins with a conversation Lambesis had with an associate named Brett and ends with the correspondence the metal singer had with the undercover officer.

A man named Brett said he began working at a California gym in February of 2013, he described himself as a trainer. Attorneys hinted that Brett was a supplier of steroids and possibly other drugs for persons at the gym. Brett denied that claim.

The gym is called Pure Fitness, located in the seaside town of Carlsbad, CA. Brett said he became acquainted with Lambesis, who exercised at that gym, about a month after he started there. By the next month, Brett said he heard talk about Lambesis’ troubled marriage, and specifically that Lambesis would “be doing better if his wife was taken care of.”

Brett claimed it was Lambesis who contacted him. “He contacted me via text asking me if he could talk to me.” The two arranged to meet in the parking lot at the gym.

Lambesis brought his girlfriend with him that evening. It was about dusk on April 22 and he was living with girlfriend Amanda in a home in Carlsbad at that time. Amanda went into the gym to exercise while the men stayed outside. “Just myself and him,” Brett remembered. “He began by asking me if I knew why I was there. I made the comment that I was hoping it wasn’t to kill anybody.”

“He said that that was funny and that was exactly why I was there.” Brett saidLambesis spoke of his failing marriage. “We had a discussion and he proceeded to tell me about his relationship with his ex-wife and how it had deteriorated.” Actually, Tim’s wife Meggan Lambesis had filed divorce paperwork eight months earlier, but they were still married.

Brett said Tim Lambesis told him, “He had been seeing another woman. And they had split up. And they had three children. And he was not happy and he wanted to make sure that the kids had one healthy relationship instead of two bad ones.” Tim reportedly complained that his wife was spending all their money on divorce attorneys.
Brett understood that Lambesis wanted someone to “get rid of her, kill her.” Brett said he told the rock singer, “That’s not my thing, I’m not involved in any behavior like that.”

“I’m a body guard, not an assassin.” Brett said he sees himself as a protector.
But Lambesis was persistent, according to Brett. “He wanted to know if maybe I could find somebody to do it for him. He knew I knew people was his comment. I know you know people so maybe you can help me.” The two men spoke for about 20 minutes that evening.

Soon afterwards, Brett became nervous. “I thought that he was going to go through with it, with or without me.” Brett said he got advice from an attorney. “She said I needed to get a tape recording of that, otherwise, I’d be an accessory to murder if it happened.”

So Brett said he initiated another contact, and two days later he met again withLambesis, this time at a bookstore in Oceanside. It was a Barnes & Noble. Tim Lambesis brought his girlfriend Amanda again. She was told that the men were going to talk about music and motorcycles, and since she was not interested in that kind of conversation she waited outside in the car, according to a detective’s statements later.

“We went in the back and had a conversation and started talking about the situation at hand and about him.” Brett claimed that he offered alternatives on handling the situation, “go to counselor, talk to somebody, get help.” But Lambesis would not be dissuaded, according to Brett. Lambesis complained about Meggan. “His wife was keeping him out on tour because of the money, to generate money. And he had three bands and he wanted to stay home and produce instead of traveling.” Tim complained he wasn’t allowed to take the children on tour with him.

“At the end of that conversation when I saw that he was not veering from killing his wife, I told him I had somebody in mind for him, yes.” Brett named a fictional hitman he called “Red.” Tim “was all for it,” Brett remembered.

Brett said he made one more phone call to Tim, asking permission to give “Red” his phone number, and Lambesis okayed it.

A San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy played the part of “Red.” The stocky man has a long, reddish beard and the scruffy appearance you would expect of an undercover officer. Red said he has been a peace officer for thirty-three years.

Red said he phoned Timothy Lambesis on May 7, 2013. Lambesis had just returned from a tour the day before. “I told him I was Red and had been told to give him a call.” The undercover officer set up a meeting. The first hour Red suggested they could meet was rejected because Lambesis said he had to go pick up his kids, so they moved the meeting up to 2 o’clock. It would be at the same Barnes & Noble bookstore.

“I asked him to bring photographs of the individual we were talking about and I asked him to bring the address for the individual and a thousand dollars.” That was not intended to be the total fee, “It was a down payment for me to do a couple of days work.” The total cost was set at $20,000 – which Lambesis agreed to “immediately,” according to Red.

The men talked in the music section of the store. “He told me he wanted his wife gone.” Lambesis did not have a method in mind. “I did ask him what he wanted me to do specifically and he said that was up to me.”

“During our conversation he told me that he had picked out three dates that were good dates for him, for me to kill his wife. Those were the dates that he would have his children and therefore, he would not be a suspect in the case.”

The undercover officer tried to get Lambesis to use the word “kill” or “dead” during their conversation, which he said was recorded, but Lambesis resisted. “But he continued to say repeatedly that, I want her gone. I want her never ever, ever to come back.”

Then Lambesis started to walk away. “So, as he was leaving, we got about fifteen or twenty feet away from each other and he turned back to me and he goes, “Just to clarify, just so you know, I do want her dead.’”

According to, Tim Lambesis can be sentenced to a maximum of nine years in prison if convicted of “soliciting another to commit and join in the commission of the murder.”

Read More: Tim Lambesis Trial: Alleged Hitman Hiring Detailed in Full |

Holiday gifts for the rock n’ rollers in your life

We are not always the easiest animal to please some say, but really we are as simple to figure out as microwave popcorn.  The rock n’ rollers in your life consume all things that have anything to do with music and the lifestyle.  The hardest thing about us is that we usually go out and get what we want so fast you never have a chance to get it for us.  So, unless you are going to creep on our Amazon Wishlist and hope we don’t snap up some of those goodies before the Holidays hit, may Pittsburgh Music Magazine suggest some easy as one, two, three gifts that the music maniac in your life didn’t know that they wanted but will absolutely love:

1.  Off the beaten path box sets:

I love quirky box sets that not only have cool tunes, but some extras thrown in that a consumer would not expect.  Jack White’s Third Man Record’s is offering The Paramount Records Wonder Cabinet Available at  ‘The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932,’ “an epic, two-volume omnibus of art, words and music housed in a limited-edition, hand-sculpted cabinet-of-wonder” features 800 newly-remastered digital tracks, representing 172 artists, 200+ fully-restored original 1920s ads and images, 6x 180g vinyl LPs pressed on burled chestnut colored vinyl w/ hand-engraved, blind-embossed gold-leaf labels, housed in a laser-etched white birch LP folio, 250 page deluxe large-format clothbound hardcover art book , 360 page encyclopedia-style softcover field guide containing artist portraits and full Paramount discography, a handcrafted quarter-sawn oak cabinet with lush sage velvet upholstery and custom-forged metal hardware, and a first-of-its-kind music and image player app, allowing user mgmt of all tracks and ads, housed on custom-designed USB drive.  Cool stuff, but It’s a bit pricey at $400.  If you have a metalhead in the fam, like yours truly, head on over to The Metal Blade Store and check out the amazing prices they have on box sets up to 60% of As I Lay Dying, Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, and much more.


2.  Alcohol…need I say more

Now unless your rocker has had to swear off (no shame in that my friends), a sure fire way to many a bleeding rebels heart is through his or her throat.  You could go the boring route and buy the case of beer you know they like or the bottle of liquor they always drink or you could go high class.  Recently, one of my best friend turned me onto Tequila.  I’m not talking about ‘To-Kill-Ya’ that we all have had some ‘nights best left forgotten’ drinking.  These are high quality tequilas that taste and go down like nothing you have ever had before.  Let me recommend the best-o-the best: Dobel Tequila is a blend of Reposado, Anejo and Extra Anejo tequilas which have been gently filtered and give the tequila an incredible Diamond Clarity and crispness that is unlike anything that has crossed my palate.  It’s the purity combined with the complexity derived from the aged tequilas makes Reserva del Maestro Dobel a completely unique experience.  I would have never believed it had it not been for my buddie’s Tequila Bar in his establishment and a unique taste test experience.  This is a small batch tequila that is hand crafted, aged in oak casks, and then get this…hand labeled and numbered.  We wrote the company and they were kind enough to offer our readers a FREE recipe book at this link.  Trust me on this one it’s a sure fire winner…and make sure they crack it open with you!


3. Something from “their band”

We all have our favorite bands.  Some of us have one and some of us have so many we can’t count.  The thing is whomever you are into, these days there a plethora of off the wall memorabilia and collector items that can be found relatively easily all depending on how much you want to search.  Luckily the internet is truly your friend here.  First, check the band’s website because they often have the cool stuff right under your nose.  Also, check Amazon because they have some pretty cool stuff as well.  But pages like Etsy, EBay, Rockabilia, and Rock N Roll Action Figures to name a few have some hidden gems within them that are sure to please.

Regardless, Happy Holiday, be safe, and I hope my wife is reading this (hints, hints!!!)





by Chad Childers November 13, 2013 5:24 PM on

As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis made a brief appearance in a Vista, Calif., courtroom Wednesday (Nov. 13) where he learned that a tentative trial date has been set for March 2014 on charges that he plotted to have his estranged wife murdered.

According to Lambgoat, the singer reportedly entered the courtroom for approximately a minute where he reaffirmed his earlier “not guilty” plea to the felony solicitation of murder charge. While there, a Jan. 15 date was set for a readiness conference where the defense and prosecutor will see if they are able to resolve the case before it goes to trial.

Should the two sides not meet an agreement (essentially a plea bargain), the trial will proceed as scheduled. A tentative March 11 date was mentioned as a possibility for the start of the trial, though nothing is set in stone as of yet.

Lambesis was taken into custody on May 7 after allegedly soliciting an undercover police officer to murder his estranged wife. Approximately three weeks later, Lambesis was freed from jail on $2 million bail (of which he actually had to pay $160,000) and he was ordered to house arrest ever since.

The singer’s legal team has argued that steroids had an effect on the singer’s judgment and that there may have been some impropriety on the behalf of the police in the arrest.


by Graham ‘Gruhamed’ Hartmann July 8, 2013 10:04 AM via



As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis has issued his first public comments since being arrested on murder-for-hire charges. On Sunday (July 7) Lambesis posted a lengthy statement on his Tumblr page, claiming that he will someday tell the entire story of his legal battle from his own point of view, but Lambesis’ post was taken down early this morning (July 8).

Lambesis was arrested on May 7 on charges for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill his estranged wife Meggan, who is also the mother of the musician’s adopted children. The hitman turned out to be an undercover cop, with Lambesis’ proposition reportedly having been recorded in its entirety on tape. The singer’s lawyer has blamed Lambesis’ actions on his erratic behavior stemming from excessive steroid use. On May 30, Lambesis posted a $160,000 bond to make his $2 million bail, and must stay away from his wife and kids while remaining on house arrest to prevent any sort of flight risk.

Lambesis posted the following essay on his Tumblr prior to it being taken down:

I’ve come across many comments, both private and public, asking me to explain more about my case or to explicitly state what my current worldview is.

First, I simply am not allowed to do either of those things.

Some day I will be able to tell the story of all that has happened in detail to get the facts straight and representing the many sides to this fairly complex story. In the mean time, many of you will make your assumptions and take the sensationalism of the press focusing on selling points at face value. I can’t stop that from happening, and I’ve learned something by not having that kind of control. The people who want understanding will wait until the formalities and trials are done. Strangely enough, those type of minds are the people least likely to be judgmental even if I am found guilty. Those reporting from the courtroom will only pass along select facts and the case itself will only require select facts that do not encompass the entirety events. On the other hand, the seemingly larger percentage of people delight in voicing their opinion even though I personally have never said a word about even a single detail related to my case. Unspecific to me, that is a terribly sad reality greatly in contrast to the type of discussion I intend to start by choosing to post again.

Second, all I have the ability to do right now is keep learning.

By posting again I hope to attract people like me who are willing to look at all sides of a philosophical issue to learn before they speak. In fact, I’d be happy if this whole thing was just a way to recommend further readings to each other. However, I do accept that there will be some true geniuses who will try to turn each comment section into what topic they would like to discuss instead as if they created the original post and we all stumbled on their page.

I’m out on bail, but on house arrest. My family has jobs and the ability to run errands or take an afternoon/evening out. I have the unique opportunity of being able to focus and study like I may never have again in life after this. While I can’t say that I always enjoy it, it is more valuable than I originally acknowledged.

Lastly, while I can’t say exactly what it is I believe epistemologically or metaphysically, I can explain what I’m interested in learning.

I grew up in a Christian home and held that belief myself for many years. In the process of sincerely trying to defend that belief in a scholarly way and shortly after finishing my degree, I felt that it was unreasonable to call myself a Christian in light of the evidence. Many AILD fans picked up on the not-so-subtle hints at my worldview change in a couple songs on Awakened. It was never really hidden. Anyway, after my incarceration I found myself re-evaluating topics that I had previously sworn I would never waste my time looking at again. Many can chalk that up as one point for pure boredom in an isolation cell, or you can look at it providentially as the needed circumstance and only possible way to get me to humble my mind.

Either way, I don’t want to just read aimlessly. These daily lists are a way for me understand what I’ve already covered and which topics I should get more material on to read more in depth. Since these lists are public, it is also a way for me to discover the ignorance of many people who post. To be most helpful, please stay on topic.

Today’s reading/research:

Is the Foundation of Morality Natural or Supernatural?
a debate by William Lane Craig vs Sam Harris at Notre Dame University

Lambesis posted on his Tumblr once again following the deletion, addressing why his original post was taken down:

There were a couple posts in a row about a book discussion and parts of the latter were reposted out of context (it was not a press release by any means). Given the possibility of words being twisted on other sites, all posts have been taken down.

The As I Lay Dying singer will return to court on Sept. 16. Stay tuned for more news on the trial of Tim Lambesis.

Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying arrested ‘for hiring ex-policeman to murder his wife’

photo: Alan Welding
photo: Alan Welding

as reported by MATILDA BATTERSBY in The Independent

The Grammy-nominated frontman of Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying has been arrested on suspicion of hiring an ex-policeman to kill his wife.

Tim Lambesis, 32, was arrested at a shop in Oceanside, Southern California yesterday according to a statement released by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

He was detained on suspicion on hiring an undercover detective to murder his estranged wife Meggan, who is believed to have started legal proceedings for divorce last September.

Detectives said they averted an attempted hit on Meggan Lambesis, who lives in nearby Encinitas, after they received information last Thursday that Lambesis had solicited someone to kill his wife.

“The information came to us late last week. We acted quickly on it. I believe that we averted a great tragedy,” San Diego County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell toldReuters.

The singer, with his trademark long hair and heavy tattoos, was arrested “without incident” at around 2pm.

Police say they immediately launched a task force combining expertise from several law enforcement agencies eventually leading to Lambesis’ arrest. The department declined to give further details on the investigation.

A spokesperson for Metal Blade, who represents As I Lay Dying, could not be reached for comment at press time. Attempts by journalists from agencies to knock on the door of Lambesis’ home in Del Mar, 20 miles north of San Diego, went unanswered.

The band formed in San Diego 13 years ago, releasing six albums including their most commercially successful 2007 LP, An Ocean Between Us, which reached No. 8 on the Billboard charts. A track from the album was nominated for a Grammy for top metal performance.

As I Lay Dying, whose title is taken from a William Faulkner novel, is a Christian rock band describing itself as “always has something thoughtful and positive to say while still playing a combustible, aggressive style of music”.

Their lyrics are “a faith-based twist on the positive words found in many emo, screamo, and metalcore songs”.

The band has been touring in Asia recently and is due to play several dates in America over the next six weeks according to their website.

Lambesis’ latest message on his official Twitter account was posted on Monday and reads: “Goodbye China. I’ll be home in about 15 hours.”

AFFIANCE US Tour with Killswitch Engage & As I Lay Dying

Cleveland’s AFFIANCE will tour the US with Killswitch EngageAs I Lay Dying, and Miss May I from May 30 to July 8! This will be the first time Affiance has hit most of these cities since their new album “The Campaign” was released. All dates below!
The new Affiance album “The Campaign” has had a successful first few weeks! Some great sales numbers have charted them at #7 Heatseekers, #7 Top New Artist, #37 Top Hard Albums, and #53 Top Indie Albums. Singer Dennis Tvrdik commented, “We are absolutely stoked that we charted on Billboard! Our fans are insanely supportive and believe in us not only as a band but as people. Thank you to everyone who bought The Campaign. We are forever grateful!”
Affiance will hit the UK for the first time this May with Dance Gavin Dance and Closure In Moscow! The tour will kick off May 7 and run through May 19 and the band couldn’t be more excited to finally play for all their UK fans.  See all dates below.
Dennis Tvrdik commented on the new album (Produced by Carson Slovak at Atrium Audio who has recently finished records for August Burns RedTexas In July), “The Campaign is multiple levels above No Secret Revealed in every area. The vocals, the drums, the guitars, the recording quality, the song structure, the variety… We couldn’t be happier or more confident with a sophomore album. It almost feels like we skipped a release between the two albums! There is not a doubt in my mind that this will be a game changer for us and will open many doors to opportunities otherwise closed off from us.”
The band has recently been featured in Hails And Horns Magazine and Outburn Magazine and more, and recently appeared AS A CARTOON (yes, a cartoon) in a new interview with South Africa’s MK Ondergrond! The interview appeared on national SA television but can be seen on YouTube along with recent interviews with In Flames and The Used.  Singer Dennis Tvrdik talks about their hometown of Cleveland, the metal and hardcore scenes, touring, music videos, and more.
Affiance have recently wrapped up US tours with Memphis May Fire, Close Your Eyes, Serianna, Modern Day Escape, The Color Morale, Stray From The Path, Vanna, This Or The Apocalypse and Deception Of A Ghost.
Affiance w/ Dance Gavin Dance, Closure In Moscow:
7/5/13 – Sub 89 – Reading, UK
8/5/13 – The Peel – Kingston, UK
9/5/13 – The Haunt – Brighton, UK
10/5/13 – White Rabbit – Plymouth, UK
11/5/13 – Takedown Festival – Southampton, UK
12/5/13 – Hobo’s – Bridgend, UK
13/5/13 – The Vault – Rugby, UK
14/5/13 – Nq Live – Manchester, UK
16/5/13 – The Classic Grand – Glasgow, UK
17/5/13 – Rock City – Nottingham, UK
18/5/13 – The Garage – London, UK
19/5/13 – The Westcoast Bar – Margate, UK
Affiance w/ Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Miss May I:
Thu/May-30 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Fri/May-31 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Sat/Jun-01 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Mon/Jun-03 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House Of Blues
Tue/Jun-04 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Thu/Jun-06 Richmond, VA @ The National
Fri/Jun-07 Syracuse, NY @ F Shed at the Market
Sat/Jun-08 Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Sun/Jun-09 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Tue/Jun-11 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
Wed/Jun-12 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore – Silver Spring
Sat/Jun-15 Guelph, ON @ Guelph Concert Theatre
Sun/Jun-16 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Mon/Jun-17 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Tue/Jun-18 Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub
Thu/Jun-20 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
Fri/Jun-21 Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
Sat/Jun-22 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Sun/Jun-23 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
Tue/Jun-25 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Thu/Jun-27 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Fri/Jun-28 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Sat/Jun-29 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
Mon/Jul-01 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
Tue/Jul-02 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
Wed/Jul-03 Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
Fri/Jul-05 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Sat/Jul-06 Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
Sun/Jul-07 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
Mon/Jul-08 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
Affiance Music Videos:
• “Kings Of Deceit” from “The Campaign” (2012)
• “The Cynic” from “The Campaign” (2012)
• “Call To The Warrior” from “No Secret Revealed” (2010)
• “Nostra Culpa” from “No Secret Revealed” (2010)

No Wasted Words from As I Lay Dying at Mr. Smalls in Millvale/Pittsburgh (interview, review, and pictorial)

“…the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time.”
― William FaulknerAs I Lay Dying

All photos property of AWeldingphoto © 2013 and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

Here I am at Mr. Smalls in Millvale, approaching my mid forties, hunched down in a pit, attempting to snap some pictures of bands half my age, playing to a crowd that for the most part is of high school age and praying for a two hour school delay due to the four to six inches of snow due to fall after midnight; and I love it.  The metal bands of today are fierce, powerful, and highly entertaining.  Tonight brings a line up that is rare and special.  The Chariot, For Today, As I Lay Dying, and The Devil Wears Prada are all decimating crowds across America, and tonight (as well the next night) Pittsburgh is on the list.

What occurred was nothing short of an experience that makes true meaning of the above quote from Faulkner’s novel, from which the band we came to see and interview lifted their moniker.  Life is about living and experience, and after having felt somewhat dead of the experiences that I so craved, I started this magazine to have these types of moments.  Having the pleasure of getting to talk to people like As I Lay Dying‘s  Jordan Mancino in the interview (below) as well as his bandmate Nick Hipa backstage is just part of what transforms my otherwise mundane life into something extraordinary.  Getting to see bands of this caliber up close and personal and getting surprised by some of them (The Chariot) adds to the charm of this lifestyle my partners and I have taken on.

As I Lay Dying are a phenom live.  Period.  I have only had the pleasure of having seen them twice on this tour, but they are so tight and dead on it truly is impressive.  The lights, smoke, and utter showmanship are just icing on the cake to a musicianship that comes from many years on the road and a brutal touring schedule that appears to be ahead well into the future due to the success of “Awakened”.  We are truly blessed.  And we left with big smiles on our faces and our metal hearts filled to the brim.

Check out the interview with Jordan…

and make sure to see As I Lay Dying on the road…you won’t regret it, especially if you are an old metalhead like me.

Mr. Smalls, Millvale/Pittsburgh, PA 3/24/13 Setlist

Cauterize  Forever Confined A Greater Foundation 94 Hours Condemned Anodyne Sea Whispering Silence Forsaken Wasted Words The Sound of Truth Separation Nothing Left Through Struggle

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Jordan Mancino backstage
Jordan Mancino backstage
Video Correspondent Kait Begley interviews Jordan Mancino
Video Correspondent Kait Begley interviews Jordan Mancino


As I Lay Dying Launch New Lyric Video For The Track “No Lungs To Breathe”

A new lyric video for the track “No Lungs To Breathe,” which was made by the band’s guitarist Nick Hipa, is now live in conjunction with the band’s North American tour with The Devil Wears Prada that kicked off this past Friday (2/22) in Ventura, Calif. at the Ventura Theater. Check out the lyric video for “No Lungs To Breathe” HERE:

Metal Blade Records’ AS I LAY DYING and Ferret Music recording group The Devil Wears Prada are hitting the road for a full North American co-headline tour with support coming from For Today (on all dates except March 7th-March 8th), The Color Morale (February 22nd – March 7th), and The Chariot (March 8th – April 4th). Pittsburgh Music Magazine will be at Mr. Smalls in Millvale/Pittsburgh to cover the show and interview AS I LAY DYING…

AS I LAY DYING preceded the release of their 6th full-length studio album, “AWAKENED,” with a highly successful run on 2012’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival where the band rotated between the side and main stages. Just before “AWAKENED” dropped via Metal Blade Records on September 25th, the band released their first production video for the album for the track “A Greater Foundation.” Fans instantly took to the Internet to express their love of the new song – AND to discuss the relevance of the lyrics. Check out the video and comments HERE.

“AWAKENED,” which Rick Florino from Artist Direct called “…their best album yet,” noting “it’s a high water mark for modern metal, and it’s going to wake up the entire genre” giving the release 5 out of 5 stars, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #11, selling over 28,000 copies in its first week in the US alone.

AS I LAY DYING & The Devil Wears Prada
w/ For Today, The Color Morale
02/28 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
03/01 San Diego, CA SOMA
03/02 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
03/03 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
03/05 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street
03/06 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live **
03/07 Dallas, TX House of Blues **
AS I LAY DYING & The Devil Wears Prada
w/ For Today, The Chariot
03/08 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Events Center
03/09 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
03/10 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre
03/12 Nashville, TN Rocketown
03/13 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend
03/14 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
03/15 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
03/16 Silver Springs, VA The Fillmore
03/17 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
03/19 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
03/20 Long Island, NY Paramount Theater
03/21 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
03/22 Buffalo, NY Infinity
03/23 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
03/24 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
03/25 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls

03/27 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
03/28 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
03/29 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club
03/30 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
04/01 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
04/02 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
04/03 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
04/04 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
** No For Today

For their latest release, “AWAKENED,” As I Lay Dying –NICK HIPA (guitar), TIM LAMBESIS (vocals), JORDAN MANCINO (drums), PHIL SGROSSO (guitar) and JOSH GILBERT (bass)–holed up in the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO with renowned rock producer Bill Stevenson (Descendents) and mixer Colin Richardson. The group’s last LP, 2010s “THE POWERLESS RISE,” debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #10, at #2 on Billboard’s Independent Albums Chart and #3 on Billboard’s Hard Music Albums Chart.

Keep up to date with As I Lay Dying at the following locations:

THE CHARIOT RELEASE LIVE MUSIC VIDEO/Live at Mr. Smalls March 24 & 25 + Warped Tour

Live show experts THE CHARIOT have released a music video made entirely by friend Zach Andrews. The piece was filmed late last year at The Chain Reaction in Southern California during a performance of their track “Forget.”

THE CHARIOT will continue touring the planet in support of their most recent release. After finishing up a successful run with EVERY TIME I DIE, the band will head out with AS I LAY DYING in March and then spend most of their summer on the VANS WARPED TOUR.

March 24 and 25 at Mr. Smalls with As I Lay Dying, The Devil Wears Prada, For Today

Vans Warped Tour July 17 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion

As I Lay Dying, The Devil Wears Prada, For Today & The Chariot at Mr. Smalls 3/24 & 25

Full Tour Info:

2013 tour announcement!
As I Lay Dying
The Devil Wears Prada
For Today (2/22 – 3/5 and 3/8 – 4/4)
The Color Morale (2/22 – 3/7)
The Chariot (3/8 – 4/4)

Tickets on sale Friday Dec. 21st

02/22 Ventura,CA Majestic Ventura Theater Half House
02/23 Santa Cruz,CA The Catalyst
02/24 Chico,CA Senator Theatre
02/26 Reno,NV Knitting Factory Concert House
02/27 Las Vegas,NV House of Blues
02/28 Los Angeles,CA Club Nokia
03/01 San Diego,CA Soma
03/02 Tucson,AZ Rialto Theatre
03/03 El Paso,TX Tricky Falls
03/05 Corpus Christi,TX Concrete Street Amphitheatre
03/06 San Antonio,TX Backstage Live
03/07 Dallas,TX House of Blues
03/08 Lubbock,TX Lonestar Events Center
03/09 Oklahoma City,OK Diamond Ballroom
03/10 Memphis,TN New Daisy Theatre
03/12 Nashville,TN Rocketown
03/13 Charlotte,NC Amos’ Southend
03/14 Charleston,SC The Music Farm
03/15 Norfolk,VA The NorVa
03/16 Silver Spring,MD The Fillmore
03/17 Hartford,CT Webster Theatre
03/19 Allentown,PA Crocodile Rock
03/20 Huntington ,NY Paramount Theater
03/21 Poughkeepsie,NY The Chance
03/22 Williamsville,NY Club Infinity
03/23 Toronto,ON The Sound Academy
03/24 Millvale,PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
03/25 Millvale,PA Mr. Smalls Theatre

03/27 Columbus,OH Newport Music Hall
03/28 Grand Rapids,MI The Intersection
03/29 Milwaukee,WI The Rave
03/30 Minneapolis,MN First Avenue
04/02 Lawrence,KS The Granada Theatre
04/03 Colorado Springs,CO Black Sheep
04/04 Colorado Springs,CO Black Sheep

Interview with Bob Meadows of A Life Once Lost (In Pittsburgh at Garfield Art Works 12/14)

A LIFE ONCE LOST roars into Pittsburgh at the Garfield Art Works next Friday, December 14 with Revocation and Ken Mode. Bob Meadows, lead vocals, took some time to speak to Pittsburgh Music Magazine about the frustrations of the music business, playing Pittsburgh, taking and giving vocal lessons, their new release “Ecstatic Trance”, and the inspiration for the lyrics behind “Madness is God”, check it out by listening here…

A LIFE ONCE LOST has existed on the forward edge of modern metal, where progression and innovation collide with tradition, since its inception. From day one, the path the ALOL have blazed has not only been defiant but also their own.
A LIFE ONCE LOST was formed in ’99 in the Philadelphia suburbs by Doug Sabolick (guitars) and Bob Meadows (vocals). The nascent band immediately forged a noisy, high-impact wall of sound combining dissonant, modern aggression with the hallmarks of traditional metal. Almost as soon as ALOL had songs, the band started cutting their teeth in the Philly-area DIY circuit playing alongside their peers in Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Lamb of God, God Forbid, and more.
Early releases followed on Deathwish, Inc. and Robotic Empire, and ramped up to 03’s punishing ‘A Great Artist’, their first proper full-length. ‘A Great Artist’ saw them take hold of their dark, rhythmic sound and took A LIFE ONCE LOST from a Northeast favorite to a true national band. It was the catalyst that enabled them to get signed to Ferret Records and to then embark on their first national tour(s) alongside Between the Buried & Me among others.
Then ALOL released its’ sophomore album, the more refined ‘Hunter’, in ‘05 and moved to the forefront of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. The band conquered America for the next 2 years touring as part of Ozzfest 2006, as well as direct support tours alongside Lamb of God, Clutch, Opeth, Strapping Young Lad, As I Lay Dying, Every Time I Die, High on Fire and more.
Their 3rd album ‘Iron Gag’, released in ’07, saw significant critical acclaim. That album had ALOL introducing traditional rock grooves and a more confident swagger into their already-explosive sound. The ensuing ‘Iron Gag’ tour saw the band crisscross North America and Europe, from Alaska to Mexico and London to Moscow respectively, once again alongside High on Fire; The Dillinger Escape Plan + new tour mates, Suicide Silence, and Job for a Cowboy.

At the end of the ‘Iron Gag’ World Tour in ‘09, they begin practicing again only to find fractures in the band. After a year plus of writing, Sabolick and Meadows were faced with their most difficult decisions yet. In order to realize their vision for the next evolution of A LIFE ONCE LOST, they needed to scrap almost all of the new material; cut ties with the other members, and start again on their own.

ALOL’s process was arduous, and required Bob Meadows and Doug Sabolick to rebuild everything from the ground back up. The writing process was intense while the two tried to meld a diverse range of influences – Killing Joke to Can, King Crimson to Kraftwerk, Fela Kuti and more – while respecting and remaining true to the sonic art that they had always traveled.

Three years in the making, A LIFE ONCE LOST’s new album ‘Ecstatic Trance’ (Season of Mist), is the product of that unwavering determination and raises their patented rhythmic attack to hypnotic new levels of precision and expression. Huge, jagged riffs and churning, syncopated rhythms are the blueprint for the emotive guitar-playing and explosive vocals of Sabolick and Meadows respectively. Dark washes of melody and ominous Hammond Organ tones color epic tracks such as “Madness Is God, “Something Awful”, and “The Blues”, giving their material a bold, raw sense of expression unlike any they’ve shown before. ‘Ecstatic Trance’ is one of 2012’s best metal albums, and proves that the path of A LIFE ONCE LOST is always moving forward.


Southern California’s NO BRAGGING RIGHTS have debuted a brand new video for their single “Repeater” today.

Directed by veteran director Josh Knoff (As I Lay Dying, Asking Alexandria), NBR offers their support for our country’s men and women enlisted in the armed forces and the struggles they deal with upon returning home. Lead singer Mike Perez offers his thoughts:

“I’m happy but not just because it’s my favorite track off the album, but because of the message behind it. Also, I’m glad we went the soldier route. I don’t think people understand the emotional strain some of them have to deal with when returning back to normal life.”

“Cycles finds No Bragging Rights at arguably their best work without cutting away the things that would attract you to them in the first place.” –

“Mike Perez’s ability to leap from gravelly yell to a soaring harmony is far beyond that of his peers.” –

“If you thought No Bragging Rights struck gold with “Illuminator,” just wait until you hear “Cycles.” – Outburn Magazine

“Be sure to check out Cycles, one of the most heart-filled releases of 2012.” –

ELYSION FIELDS sign with Innerstrength Records

Innerstrength Records is pleased to announce the latest addition to its already impressive stable of artists: Chicago metal road warriors ELYSION FIELDS, whose debut full-length album New Beginnings is slated for release on February 12, 2013.

As metal fans with an eye on the underground already know, ELYSION FIELDS have spent the past few years pummeling the live scene as one of the genre’s worst-kept secrets, making their presence known on stages alongside marquee names like AUGUST BURNS RED, MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE, WE CAME AS ROMANS, MISERY INDEX and more. The band increased its profile by storming SXSW, where it played four showcases including the main stage at the heralded Full Metal Texas party.

On a clear trajectory as a burgeoning metal powerhouse, ELYSION FIELDS are taking the next logical step by launching a partnership with Innerstrength for the release of New Beginnings.

“We are very excited to be a part of the Innerstrength family. Since the beginning they have been very transparent about everything, and that is how business with a label should be done,” says vocalist Chris Fernandez.

“Building a team around your band is an integral part to being successful,” adds guitarist and vocalist Josh Woods. “So many artists are quick to sign a contract with a label that doesn’t even market their tours or promote their artists. Jason at Innerstrength was able to do just that while at the same time remaining open to what we want to do in regards to moving forward with both music creation and all business aspects.”

Followers of the band already revere ELYSION FIELDS for its uncompromising, honest take on savage metal music and its uncannily seasoned-sounding approach to songwriting that appeals to fans of AUGUST BURNS RED, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and AS I LAY DYING while carving out a niche entirely its own. Its a signature sound the band has been trotting out in a series of often surprising cover songs, including its most recent release, a take on PSY’s “Gangnam Style” that has racked up more than 43,000 views in six weeks.

On New Beginnings, ELYSION FIELDS takes that sound in bold new directions in the first of what is sure to be many landmark moments in the career of this exciting young band.

“With this album, we really wanted to touch on many different aspects of not only metal, but music in general, that we could. We use lots of guitar solos, breakdowns, and odd time signatures that are all staples of classic metal, but we also take pride in our carefully crafted choruses and melodic sections that really round out the songs,” says guitarist Scott Georgeson.

“We are all extremely proud of the music that we have put together on New Beginnings, and we are happy to be releasing this record with Innerstrength,” Fernandez adds. “This is just another dream come true for us and definitely is a new beginning for the band.”

Catch ELYSION FIELDS on tour throughout the eastern U.S. with THE PARAMEDIC (Bullet Tooth Records) starting October 26. Following that, the band will embark on a run with It Lies Within (Luxor), culminating with a performance at OutRage Festival in Tyler, TX alongside THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS and many more.


THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE has debuted their brand new music video for “Hell Praiser” today via Directed by famed director David Brodsky (WHITE CHAPEL, AS I LAY DYING), this is one of two videos you can expect from the band in the coming months. Click HERE to view.


1. Hell Praiser
2. Power Hawk
3. In Wolves
4. Americans
5. Hate the Ones You Love
6. You Own No One but You
7. A Damn Moment
8. Gaunt and Fierce
9. Kill’em With Guidance
10. Hard Branch to Snap

The new ablum from “Dead Years” will be released tomorrow, September 25, 2012. The band recently released a lyric video for their single, “In Wolves” last week.

Armellino recently commented on what fans can expect from the new record.

“‘Dead Years’ is full of some of the most painfully honest material we’ve ever written.”

This will be the band’s first release since “Haunt What’s Left,” produced by Josh Wilbur and LAMB OF GOD’s own Chris Adler in 2010.

Produced by Kevin Lankford and engineered by Andreas Magnusson, “Dead Years” is some of the band’s most aggressive material to date.

“While delivering the kind of unpredictable polyrhythms that define their virtuosic metalcore, the guys also reveal some pretty solid ‘songs.'” Revolver Magazine

“Dead Years is not only another step forward, it’s the kind of record that will define This or the Apocalypse for years to come. It’s that good.” Outburn Magazine 10/10

“Arguably one of the most underrated bands in the metalcore genre.” – Hails and Horns Magazine


Tour Dates:
10/10 New York, NY
Irving Plaza

10/11 Worcester, MA

10/12 Philadelphia, PA

10/13 Asbury Park, NJ
Stone Pony

10/14 Cleveland, OH
House of Blues

10/15 Detroit, MI
St Andrews Hall

10/16 Cincinnati, OH

10/17 Chicago, IL
House of Blues

10/23 Fullerton, CA
Slidebar *headline date*

10/24 Canoga Park, CA
Cobalt Cafe *headline date*

10/27 Pheonix, AZ
Nile Theatre

10/28 Albuqerque, NM
Sunshine Theatre

10/30 San Antonio, TX
The White Rabbit

10/31 Dallas, TX
House of Blues

11/2 Houston, TX
House of Blues

11/3 New Orleans, LA
House of Blues

11/5 Orlando, FL
House of Blues

11/6 Atlanta, GA

11/7 Charlotte, NC

Rockstar Mayhem Festival Teaser…A Cleveland Pictorial! Coming to Pittsburgh 7/28!

Get ready for “The Hardest Tour On Earth” and to be blown away. The amount of talent at this year’s Mayhem is unprecedented. The ear crushing and body bruising of hearing Motorhead, Slayer, and Slipknot back to back to back is so intense that it will leave your metal soul not only elated but drained from the sheer experience of it all. Pittsburgh Music Magazine had a chance to speak with many of the performers; Mayhem has great access for all fans including many signings from the likes of Kerry King and Slipknot. Check out the merchandise booths too. Metal Blade Records has some great stuff along with a free sampler CD, Sumerian Records as well. Also some great deals at many of the bands booths on autographed items (We thought the new Anthrax CD signed by the entire band for $10 a steal!). We have some interviews, that will be posted shortly, with Whitechapel, The Devil Wears Prada, and As I Lay Dying. Get ready to rock out with your black and gold out Saturday Pittsburgh! So, to whet your appetites we have included some pix from the Cleveland show to get your metal hearts pumped

Dirtfedd, As I Lay Dying, Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, Anthrax, I The Breather, Jagermeister Girls, Crowd Shots, Whitechapel, Motorhead, Slayer, and Slipknot

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All photos: Alan Welding and Mike Pap


Sirius XM Liquid Metal, the heaviest music channel on the planet, is pleased to give one lucky fan the chance to win a killer grand prize: a backstage BBQ and full party bus for you and 21 of your friends to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL nearest you (Pittsburgh is July 28). The contest begins on May 3rd and ends on May 30th.

Enter online at to score a pair of VIP passes to one of the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL stops this summer featuring face melting performances from SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, MOTORHEAD, AS I LAY DYING, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and more.

From this pool of first prize winners, one lucky soul will land the GRAND PRIZE and get a complete rock star treatment from beginning to end, complete with party bus picking and dropping off you and your friends from your house, taking you to the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL nearby, having a backstage BBQ thrown in your honor hosted by Sirius XM host Jose Mangin & DJ’ed by SID from SLIPKNOT.

Also, the GRAND PRIZE winner will be brought up on stage (before ANTHRAX) and presented with a customized Sirius XM / Mayhem platinum record plaque to commemorate one of the greatest days of your metallic life.

For more information on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, visit