The founding member and the lead vocalist of As I Lay Dying, Tim Lambesis, shared a statement against the claims of former drummer Jordan Mancino, pointing to internal problems within the group. The musician stated that although the band has tried to reconcile with Jordan several times over the past two years, he opted to communicate through his lawyer. 

As AILD prepares to hit the road again for the first time since 2020, news broke that the band’s bassist Josh Gilbert had left the band to pursue other musical pursuits. It was an amicable parting where both sides thanked each other for the past fifteen years since Gilbert joined the band in 2007. 

Shortly after the news of Gilbert’s departure, drummer Jordan Mancino had also left the band. The Facebook post also stated that former Unearth member and longtime friend Nick Pierce, who had performed with the group several times before, was set to fill his spot on the upcoming ‘The Decades of Destruction’ tour.

After two departures from the group, Mancino’s statement citing internal problems within the group caused Lambesis to make a lengthy statement to clear the rumors. He stated that the group had tried to reach the drummer many times, but he did not want to contact the band directly, so they had to speak to his lawyer instead.

The singer also claimed that although they believed his actions would hinder their progress as a group, they wanted to get together to resolve this but faced legal documents. Finally, he stated that they are very grateful for his contributions over the years and that the core of AILD is still rock-solid, and they will continue to make new music as a band. 

Tim Lambesis responded to Mancino’s allegations in his IG statement:

“There was a public statement recently made by Jordan Mancino regarding ‘internal issues within AILD.’ We feel that it’s necessary to share a little more information with the fans on the matter to understand the situation better and avoid making any wrongful assumptions. For the past two years, Jordan has ex-communicated himself from the remaining members of AILD, informing us that instead.

There have been numerous attempts by the remaining members to reconcile with Jordan to find common ground on how to continue AILD in a healthy and positive manner. In preparation for post-pandemic band activity, the remaining members felt it unfair to have our ambitions hindered by someone who refused to contribute or communicate openly. We feel this is not efficient for a band (or business) to operate productively.

We offered Jordan the chance to get together and jam old songs or even get into a room together to talk weeks before an established deadline before needing to find a fill-in drummer for the upcoming tours. We had no response until we were met with legal documents that Jordan wished to move on from the band and expected payment in return.”

He added:

“The remaining members feel we must find other solutions to keep AILD moving forward without Jordan Mancino involved. There is nothing personal with this situation in any way. We want to continue playing music, and we cannot be an effective team if a member wants to limit all progress and productivity by refusing to communicate.

The remaining members who write the songs and handle touring logistics and merchandise feel confident that we can pursue our creative ambitions moving forward with greater ease, knowing that all members, producers, agents, and crew members are enthusiastic about being involved. The driving force of AILD is still well intact.

Jordan has had a long career performing AILD songs very well, and his drumming on our earlier records pushed the genre as a whole. We’ll forever be grateful for his contributions and the good times we shared.”

You can see the statement by Lambesis below.

Photo Credit: Tim Lambesis – Instagram
Photo Credit: Tim Lambesis – Instagram
Photo Credit: Tim Lambesis – Instagram