As I Lay Dying is celebrating 10 years together with a monthlong American tour to promote the "Decas" compilation of new songs, covers and electronica remixes. The melodic San Diego metalcore quintet walks a line -- music too intense for some Christians and too spiritual for some metalheads -- but they embrace their multifaceted nature, as evidenced when frontman Tim Lambesis called last week from a Hungarian tour stop. The group plays Wednesday at the Paramount in Huntington.
You recently tweeted that the average person is stupid and fearful, which is a problem for us all. What inspired that?
It does sound a little bit pretentious. The idea behind that wasn't really to hate the majority of the human race, the idea was more so to say that no matter where we come from, this is a global problem. We all have to figure out how to educate the next generation -- even our own generation, for that matter -- and until we figure that out, it's not a problem we can just shuffle off onto somebody else ... as long as we're bumping into other people, we can't just live in our own little bubble.
Speaking of bubbles, now that groups like As I Lay Dying and heavier musical entities are rocking the Christian music arena, do you think that will help people re-evaluate it from the earlier days of Amy Grant and Stryper?
A lot has changed, even from when we first started. There seems to be a lot more respect for bands like us. Beyond that, what I hope is for metal to make room for people to intelligently represent different beliefs. It's always stereotyped as the genre for a bunch of meatheads and idiots, and I don't think that's true when you actually get a chance to meet a lot of metal fans.
Your cheeky sense of humor rises in your Austrian Death Machine side project, which features thrashing odes to Arnold Schwarzenegger's films. Aren't you going to be releasing a new Christmas single, "Jingle All the Way"?
I like to poke fun at stereotypes of our genre, and that is a good outlet for that. Speaking of Christmas, every Christmas album has a band dumbing down their sound to be festive, and I thought why not be really over the top with a Christmas single? is such a bad movie it's entertaining.
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