Fans of the Christian metal band As I Lay Dying couldn’t believe it when lead singer Tim Lambesis was accused of hatching a plot to have his estranged wife killed.
Now, we’re learning that both Lambesis and some of his fellow band members became atheists at some point in their musical careers but pretended to be Christians to help move product, according to The Christian Post.
“Truthfully, I was an atheist. The ‘strategy’ I had at the time was cowardly. Two of the songs on that record were about coming to grips with the idea that life has no purpose, no meaning. These were negative themes I wasn’t ‘allowed’ to deal with in As I Lay Dying songs. I thought making As I Lay Dying darker would be bad for my career. That was my thinking,” he continued.
Lambesis went on to say that many of the Christian bands he had toured with over the years had a similar stance and weren’t exactly devout Christians either. He said a few of his fellow As I Lay Dying band members were also no longer Christian.
Lambesis is currently serving a six-year sentence in connection to a plot to murder his estranged wife.