Heavy metal band As I Lay Dying has posted a message to their fans about the arrest of their frontman Tim Lambesis — the band's singer, the leader of an Arnold Schwarzenegger spoof project, and adoptive father of 3 Ethiopian children.
32-year-old Lambesis was arrested Tuesday for allegedly soliciting the murder of his estranged wife, Meggan.
A post Wednesday evening on the As I Lay Dying website addressed the band's fans:
As we post this, the legal process is taking it's course and we have no more information than you do. There are many unanswered questions, and the situation will become clearer in the coming days and weeks. We'll keep you informed as best we can.
Our thoughts right now are with Tim, his family, and with everyone else affected by this terrible situation - and with our fans, whom we love and draw strength from.
Thank you for understanding, and as always, for your support of As I Lay Dying.
Lambesis, a Carlsbad resident, was taken into custody at a retail store in Oceanside, California around 2 p.m. on Tuesday without incident, according to a San Diego County Sheriff Department news release.
The department's website shows he was booked into the Vista Detention Center on May 7, and that he's set to be arraigned May 9, at 1:30 p.m. on charges of solicitation of another to commit murder, and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Lambesis is also the adoptive father of three Ethiopian children and the lead singer of an Arnold Schwarzenegger spoof band, Billboard reports:
Tim and Meggan Lambesis adopted three children from Ethiopia together in recent years before separating....
Lambesis is also the mastermind behind the Austrian Death Machine project, a spoof band based around the singer's fondness for Arnold Schwarzenegger. Last month, ADM raised nearly $80,000 on Indiegogo to record a third album.
The L.A. Times reports that As I Lay Dying's brand of thrash was dark and agressive, but imbued with Christian themes:
The San Diego County-based band "specializes in music that includes "thrash metal" sounds and "beat-down hard-core punk." Lambesis provides guitar riffs and what are described as "growled vocals." He is a guitarist in the group, which formed in 2000.
In various interviews, Lambesis has insisted that while the lyrics to the band’s songs may seem harsh, the five members are Christians and the songs include Christian themes of forgiveness and struggle.
The music website MetalSucks.net has been collecting reaction from the metal community that ranges from confusion to disbelief.