Published Oct 22, 2018Formerly Christian metalcore unit As I Lay Dying have been trying to return, but it hasn't exactly been well-received. Perhaps that's to be expected after frontman Tim Lambesis went to prison over a murder plot to kill his wife. Each step of their comeback has been met with backlash, most recently with the band being pulled from a festival lineup.
As I Lay Dying had been scheduled to perform alongside Parkway Drive, Trivium, Testament and others at Spain's Resurrection Fest, which runs from July 3 to 6. Because of the backlash, however, the fest's organizers have pulled them from the fest.
The festival released the following statement about the decision:
Given the controversy after the announcement of As I Lay Dying for next year, we would like to highlight our absolutely condemnatory position against gender violence. At the festival, we are aware that it is a huge problem in society, with which we must have a special sensitivity. Like other forms of intolerance or oppression, it has no place within our festival or within the scene of which we are part. Proof of our commitment is that during our 13 editions we have been an example of coexistence, or any other violent act. Furthermore, in the surveys of the assistants during the recent years, we have been given high results in terms of security.
Resurrection Fest for us is a celebration of music in many of its variants and for the majority of our attendees it is the best week of the year. We still try to make a festival that we would like to attend to as public and where the passion for music and coexistence among all our attendees reigns.
The decision to include the band As I Lay Dying in this year's edition, the same way many other European festivals will do next summer, is that we believe in social reintegration and in the right of people to rehabilitate after having met a conviction. We understand that this opinion by the organization of the festival is shared by a large part of the festival attendees who requested the band in the polls.
Given the debate and the division that was created among the attendees, and in order to maintain the prevailing atmosphere of harmony among the entire festival community, we finally made the decision after talking with the band of not including As I Lay Dying in the billing of this edition.
We hope that everyone understands this situation. Resurrection Fest is an event for all types of audiences regardless of age or social group, and that forces us sometimes to make difficult decisions. Thank you very much for understanding. See you in Viveiro.
As I Lay Dying still plan to tour the United States next month and Europe early next year.