Former As I Lay Dying guitarist Nick Hipa has slammed his former bandmate Tim Lambesis, saying the singer still thinks of himself as a victim – despite serving six years behind bars for plotting to have his wife murdered.
Lambesis was jailed in 2014, leading Hipa to split with the band and form Wovenwar with Shane Blay, Josh Gilbert, Jordan Mancino and Phil Sgrosso – the latter leaving the band earlier this year.
Lambesis recently filed a $35 million lawsuit against a medical team he alleges denied him medication after he was caged – a move which Hipa says proves the singer hasn’t changed.
Hipa tells Billboard: “It’s sad to see somebody that we spent so much of our lives with end up in such a place. He could have made such a great impact on this world, but he just gave in to the worst parts of himself.
“Even more discouraging for me is the fact that he’s trying to file a lawsuit for that amount. It says to me he’s still the same sort of personality at his core – nothing has changed. He thinks of himself a certain way, and he thinks of himself in a situation he created as a victim.”
Wovenwar will release their second album titled Honor Is Dead on October 21 via Metal Blade Records – the follow-up to their self-titled 2014 debut. And Hipa reports that it marks a pivotal moment in the band’s career and one which will help steer their future material.
He continues: “I think the records work great toward one another. I don’t think the one after this is going to be left or right – I don’t think either one of them is left or right – but I think it’s going to be more the middle of them both, because now we’ve gotten out both sides of what we’ve dealt with the past two or three years.”
Wovenwar have a handful of live dates scheduled over the coming weeks.
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Wovenwar Honor Is Dead tracklist
- Honor Is Dead
- Lines In The Sand
- World On Fire
- Stones Thrown
Wovenwar 2016 tour days
Oct 24: Mesa The Nile Theater, AZ
Oct 26: Pomona The Glass House Concert Hall, CA
Nov 03: Denver Summit Music Hall, CO
Nov 05: St louis Fubar, MO
Nov 13: New York Gramercy Theatre, NY