If I had a “News of the Weird” section, this would be in it. Tim Lambesis, former lead singer of the hugely popular metalcore band “As I Lay Dying”, has been convicted of conspiracy to murder his estranged wife.
An aside: As I Lay Dying was a band of Christians though not a “Christian band.” Christian bands typically record on Christian labels and are sold in Christian bookstores and play to a Christian subculture (or ghetto culture, if you prefer). By contrast, As I Lay Dying was mainstream. Their highest charting album reached #8 on Billboard’s hot 100 and all told they sold more than one million albums. That’s pretty impressive for a group that produces music which sounds like scrap metal being rammed through a wood chipper. It also is extraordinary that they managed to maintain solid street cred in the typically anti-religious metalcore community.
I blogged about this unfortunate event last year when Tim Lambesis was first arrested. (See “The fall of Tim Lambesis.”)
In his defense, Lambesis’ lawyer blamed his murderous intentions on the steroids he had been taking.
At least he didn’t say “The devil made him do it.”