As I Lay Dying Frontman Tim Lambesis: Maybe One In Ten Christian Bands Actually Christian

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I was only vaguely aware of As I Lay Dying, reputably a Christian metal band. However, I am very aware of how much money there is to be made in fleecing the evangelical flock. Apparently so are the members of the band. Frontman Tim Lambesis, currently about to start a six year prison sentence for attempting to have his ex-wife murdered, recently admitted that he was an atheist, as were at least two other members of the band. Most of the “Christian” bands they toured with weren’t Christian, either. Surprised? No? Me neither.

Lambesis says he was the third guy who became an atheist in the band, a fact that had come to light in the couple’s divorce papers. “In the process of trying to defend my faith, I started thinking the other point of view was the stronger one,” he said in an interview with Alternative Press. “In 12 years of touring with As I Lay Dying, I would say maybe one in 10 Christian bands we toured with were actually Christian bands.”

via Christian Heavy Metal Band Frontman Admits He’s Actually an Atheist | TIME.

  • Jin The Ninja

    i’ve known a few studio musicians around the city who have quit to join christian rock bands. they make 3 times the money, and when not touring the x’tian festival circuit- they work on their own individual projects. one of them is hindu. so not a surprise.

    marketing things as ‘x’tian’ has always been a bit of a racket. when religion develops a brand name it inverts materialism over spirituality. i wonder what religion that sounds like…

    • GregForest

      Yup I also have some pagan friends working in church bands on Sunday mornings. Some as band and choir directors. They endure it because it is a good paying gig. They just keep their heads down.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Politics is like sh*t. It may be biologically necessary, but it contaminates everything it touches.

    This is why Dylan gave up that protesty-posey thing. It was becoming impossible to say anything without it becoming political.

  • Posthuman

    Uhhhh, Lamb of God is not even close to being a christian band. They used to be called Burn the Priest.

    • InfvoCuernos

      Ya, I always thought that the name “Lamb of God” was supposed to be ironic.

    • aaron

      I was going to say the same thing. They are far from a Christian band and many of their songs actually mock Christianity and relion.

      Their song “walk with me in hell” mocks people that follow religion and how they would be helpless with out their religion.

      Also here is a part of their song “Blackened the Cursed Sun” tell me how Christian this sounds…

      Better to die quick, fighting on your feet,
      Then to live forever, begging on your knees.
      Begging on your, begging on your
      Begging on your knees

      Can we still be saved?
      Hell, no!
      Does your God hold a place for us?
      Hell, no!
      Is there time to repent?
      Hell, no!
      Will we rise from the dead?
      Hell, no!
      Can these sins even be forgiven?
      Hell, no!
      Is there still hope for us?
      Hell, no!
      Were we ever even alive?
      Hell, no!
      Is any of this even real?
      Hell, no!

    • Echar Lailoken

      I think it’s a typo. The article is about As I Lay Dying.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I know a few people of faith who still tour and play as much as possible, and for them in their smaller venues they have never compromised their beliefs for their music…but money and national fame were never their goal. It shouldn’t be shocking to anyone that people who, like other bands, seem principally interested in increasing sales and listener numbers/ratings, aren’t as devout as they make themselves out to be. It’s the cruel side effect of Christianity having become a branded market segment…with even the word ‘Christian’ having come to mean a series of things that really aren’t very Christ-like or even relevant to faith at all.

    • Jin The Ninja

      personal anecdote:
      i personally, very much enjoyed, while living in the us, when people would ask what religion with which i was affiliated (‘catholic’ if i was being diplomatic)- the response so many times was, ‘oh so you’re not christian.’ (well no thank you very much), followed by the inevitable , “have you accepted jesus christ into your heart.” (no, sadly not). brand ‘xtian’ is definitely a very indigenous and potent marker of belonging.

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        Try getting my conservative Catholic aunt to realize that her erstwhile political allies see her as a pseudo pagan heretic bound for hell. It’s like pulling hen’s teeth. Some people don’t see the rise of homogenized fundamentalist brand Christianity as a threat…as long as the prejudices are subtle. They have more in common with the persecutor than the persecuted…for now.

  • Guest

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  • Virtually Yours

    Don’t ever leave me Jesus, I couldn’t stand to see you go / My heart would simply snap my wound if you walk on out that door / I promise I’ll be good to you, keep you warm at night / Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, why don’t we just shut off the lights

  • emperorreagan

    I thought Christian heavy metal existed primarily so kids could tell show their parents a couple of records and say, “look mom, it may sound aggressive but it’s about jesus!” and maybe the parents don’t notice the Anal Cunt records.

  • BuzzCoastin

    no surprise there
    most professing Christians aren’t Christians either

  • Kragnorak

    Sentence #1 is complete misinformation, invalidating the entire article and casting doubt on the author’s ability to research his subject.

  • GregForest

    Bow down. Worship Mammon. The Christian Right into metal? Anything to try to appear cool – must be hard to smirk at the rubes while singing praise to Jesus out of the side of your mouth.

  • Chaos_Dynamics

    Twinkies.

    “I am the god of hellfire and I bring you… FIRE!”

    Arthur Brown turns 71 June 24 btw.

  • butteryak

    exactly….

  • Spasmodius

    ….Stryper were still the real deal though, right?