As I Lay Dying responded to ex-guitarist Nick Hipa’s statement about leaving the band, saying they “respect [his] decision to leave the group and forge a new path in life ”.
In an Instagram post released last month, Hipa told fans it was “over a year” since he was last involved with the California metalcore band “on a personal and professional level. “, noting that he had avoided questions about his relationship with the group as he” tried to move on peacefully in life. “
Citing his current priorities as “a career in motion design, a deep focus on my family, taking care of my health and working on other creative projects,” Hipa said his decision to retire from As I Lay Dying , which met in 2018 after a few years of inactivity, came after “the history and meaning upon which we built our reunion has deteriorated dramatically.”
Hipa’s post continued, “What mostly lasts is a superficial pursuit that I cannot justify supporting or being a part of. This is not an indictment against anyone who chooses to stay or be involved.
“There is tremendous good that can be accomplished by focusing singularly on the power of music. However, in my memory and recent experience, this comes at the cost of tolerating behavior that sometimes mistreats, disrespects and hurts others. I don’t have the courage to walk this road again.
He added: “The talent and unwavering ambition of the group is undeniable. They will continue to release blockbuster music and do good business. On a human level, I hope everything else will be fine for them.
The group themselves have now released their own statement in response, starting with an explanation of why it took them almost a month to respond to Hipa’s claims. “We’ve been keeping a low profile for over 18 months,” they wrote on social media earlier this week, “we’ve adjusted to the normal routines of home life as the world tries to navigate itself. across the [COVID-19] pandemic.”
They continued, “Through this downtime on tour and being creatively active with AILD, we found ourselves thinking about the direction each of us needs to take individually and collectively as a group.”
Sharing an old photo of the group on stage with Hipa, As I Lay Dying said they “will certainly see each other fondly for the many memories, experiences and accomplishments we have shared together over the years.” They wrote that they “will be nothing but support and encouragement for all of Nick’s post-AILD endeavors” and “wish him the best going forward”.
The group closed their statement – which you can read in full below – by noting that plans for the future of As I Lay Dying will be unveiled “shortly.”
We’ve been keeping a low profile for the past 18 months and adjusting to normal home life routines as the world tries to…
In his own Instagram postGroup frontman Tim Lambesis said: “Being able to have different opinions or priorities but still care deeply about the well-being of another person is something that is often lost in our current climate. I just want to say that I really wish Nick Hipa the best in his next chapter of life, and I’m thankful he wishes me / AILD the same.
Lambesis was reunited with As I Lay Dying in 2018, five years after being arrested for a conspiracy to have his wife murdered. He pleaded not guilty to solicitation of murder, with Lambesis’ attorney saying his judgment was “devastating by his steroid use” when the alleged incident occurred. He was sentenced to six years in prison in May 2014 and was paroled in December 2016.
In December 2020, Lambesis was hospitalized with burns to 25 percent of his body, following a bonfire accident. He shared an update on his recovery in January, saying he was “very, very grateful” that his face was not burnt.