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Austrian Death Machine

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Band Photo: Austrian Death Machine (?)

Formed: 2008
From: United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Austrian Death Machine News

Below is our complete Austrian Death Machine news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Tim Lambesis Opens Up In Interview

Leading up to his sentencing, Tim Lambesis gave a lengthy, in-depth interview to Alternative Press, covering a range of topics from his state of mind, marital problems, steriods, the solicitation to commit murder charges, prison, the future and more. The interview spans 6 pages (don't be fooled by the initial 3 linked from the first page). Here's a bit about how the actual plot got started:

This guy at my gym, my workout partner, I just expressed to him how sad I was. I asked the guy I had been buying steroids from, the steroid dealer, if we could meet. I’m talking to him in the parking lot one afternoon and I go, “Hey, how’s it going?” He goes, “Pretty good, unless you maybe need me to kill somebody for you.” Like that, right off the bat.

I’m kind of like, “Whoa, what are you talking about?” He goes, “Well I’ve heard you’ve been pretty frustrated with your wife…” He just kind of had—I mean, he’s a steroid dealer. He has a sketchy background, you know what I mean? So I’m thinking, “Geez, where’s this guy going with this?” He starts asking me these seemingly rhetorical questions. “Have you tried working things out with your lawyer?” I said yeah, but it was going to be a couple of months before I saw the judge. “Have you tried taking them to a social worker? Like a counselor?” I said yes and the social worker had met with the kids.

He goes, “Well, you know your other option is I can hook you up with somebody that could do this.” And he goes, “Can you think of a better option?” He’s asking it like it’s a rhetorical question. I remember thinking at the time, “This doesn’t feel right. This doesn’t feel like my best option.” But my thinking at that time… As much as I wished there was a better option, this is my best option. Obviously, right now, I can think of a dozen things and I understand the legal system much better. Legally speaking, there are emergency type things where you can get a judge to see you earlier, which I didn’t know. There are dozens of things I can think of now. But I just started to develop this mindset of, “Alright… I guess this seems like the path I’m going to have to go down.”

There was also this little bit, which our readers might know a little something about...

There was an April Fool’s story online that you were already serving a nine-year sentence. And you had escaped from jail, Shawshank Redemption -style.

I know. One of my friends hit me up because he thought it was real. The judge has three options to choose from: three years, six years or nine. The way the credits work in California, you serve 50 percent of that time. So it’s actually one and a half years, three years or four and-a-half years.

Read the full article at Alternative Press.

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Austrian Death Machine Posts New Track

Austrian Death Machine has released a new track online titled "Prepare To Be Conquered," which can be heard below.

The track comes by way of the band's new album "Triple Brutal," which can be pre-ordered if you missed out on the crowd funding campaign via MerchNow.com or iTunes here.

"Triple Brutal" is due out April 1st. In related news, Austrian Death Machine's Tim Lambesis recently changed his plea to guilty for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his estranged wife, and is facing up to nine years in prison.

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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 5

Co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) kick off this week’s podcast episode by tackling some of the cultural peculiarities of hardcore crowds versus metal crowds, with a specific focus on the irritating “hardcore dancing” trend.

Next up, a public service warning. Mike shares a disturbing story related by singer Tommy “Vext” Cummings (Snot, ex-Divine Heresy), in which he confesses to have been manipulated and deceived by a conniving “Catfish” at large within the online metal network. Beware a Facebook profile by the name of “Elizabeth George” and the Twitter handle "SWEET_BGIRL" with multiple connections to metal industry types; this individual is a dangerous con artist.

Also, on a related and semi-prophetic note, refer to the opening segment of the recent OpEd “From Dicks To Chicks.”

Finally, the news of the week: Kevin and Mike discuss the fate of As I Lay Dying and Austrian Death Machine bandleader Tim Lambesis, who has just pled guilty to the attempted contract murder of his estranged wife. As they explore the implications, your hosts do not shy away from facing various matters of morality, personal responsibility, standards, and accountability.

Take a listen here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.

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Breaking News

Tim Lambesis To Serve Time For Murder Plot

After being arrested in May of 2013 for attempting to hire an undercover police agent to murder his estranged wife, Tim Lambesis (Austrian Death Machine, As I Lay Dying) is now going to be serving up to nine years in jail, according to an update from NBC San Diego.

An excerpt from the news site reads:

The singer of the Grammy-nominated Christian metal band "As I Lay Dying" pleaded guilty to his role in a murder-for-hire plot.

Carlsbad resident Tim Lambesis entered the change of plea in court Tuesday, admitting that he hired a hit man to kill his estranged wife. As a result of his change of plea, Lambesis will serve nine years according to a court clerk.

It's not clear yet if the "9 years" referenced in the article was a maximum or the official amount of time for a plea deal, as Lambesis has not had an official sentencing hearing yet. Further info will be forthcoming.

Despite Lambesis' arrest, Austrian Death Machine continued on with the crowd funded third album "Triple Brutal," which is set for release on April 1st. It's unclear at this point what the band will be doing for fans who were to receive a visit from Lambesis as part of the perks for donating to the campaign. More...

Read the full article at NBC San Diego.

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Austrian Death Machine Locks Down Album Release

Artery Recordings has teamed up with Ahhnold to release Austrian Death Machine’s new record "Triple Brutal."

The fate of the album was in limbo after Tim Lambesis was arrested for allegedly trying to hire an undercover officer to murder his wife, but it's now official: the record will hit retail stores and digital outlets on April 1st, 2014.

"Triple Brutal" was crowd funded on Indiegogo and all contributors will start receiving their packages on March 28th. The album follows previous record "Double Brutal" (reviewed here) and royalties from "Triple Brutal" will be going to the World Vision Charity. More...

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Tim Lambesis Gets House Arrest Exemption

Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying and Austrian Death Machine had his bail lowered back in May, and has been out on house arrest while awaiting trial for allegedly hiring an undercover agent to murder his estranged wife.

The San Diego Reader has now reported Lambesis will be allowed an exception for his house arrest to seek physical therapy for a neck injury. Excerpts from the story follow:

"Defendant Timothy Lambesis is currently on house arrest and due to the restrictions of his release cannot leave the house to seek medical attention for the neck injury from which he is currently suffering.” This statement was made by the defendant’s private attorney, Thomas Warwick Jr., who filed papers asking a court to allow Lambesis exceptions to his house arrest.

Superior Court Judge Kimberlee Lagotta signed an order allowing “defendant to go to his physical therapy appointments” the same day the motion was filed, August 2, 2013.

The lead singer for the heavy metal band As I Lay Dying particularly requested, and was granted, permission to go to a therapist named Lanele Stafford at Coast Kinesiology in Del Mar. There was one other location named as a destination for therapy, an orthopedic group in La Jolla, which was also allowed by the court.

Tim Lambesis will return to court on September 16th for his next hearing. The date of the actual trial has not been set at this time.

Read the full article at San Diego Reader.

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Austrian Death Machine Album Still Happening

The fate of the recently crowd-funded Austrian Death Machine album was up in the air after Tim Lambesis was arrested for allegedly trying to hire an undercover officer to murder his wife.

Apparently the album is still on track however, as the Austrian Death Machine Facebook page has now been updated with this statement:

"UPDATE!!! Neaaaahhh!!!

"Tim finished all of his parts back before he went on tour in Asia. He was just waiting for me to do my parts and put together the finishing touches on the mix of the album. I'm working on that this starting this week now that I have the files. The CD should be done soon and then we'll start planning to manufacture.

"Sincerely,

"Ahhnold
AKA the Gummy Bear of Candycornia
AKA 7 time Mr Olympia
AKA The Greatest Actor in the World"

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Tim Lambesis Has Bail Lowered

Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying, Austrian Death Machine, Pyrithion) was arrested last week for allegedly attempting to hire an undercover officer to murder his wife Meggan, who filed for divorce last year.

Lambesis subsequently plead "not guilty" to the charges, and his bail was set at $3 million. Now NBC San Diego reports that Lambesis received a new bail hearing, and his bail has been lowered to $2 million, although he still remains in custody at this point and apparently has not made bail.

According to the article, Tim's attorney Tom Warwick has now made reference to steroid usage - which was widely speculated to be at the root of the issue when news of the arrest first broke. An excerpt follows:

The frontman started taking supplements, then steroids, that led to what Warwick referred to as “changes in his physiological and mental status.” He went from 170 to 220-pounds and in his attorney’s words, “Was not the same person. He was irritable and lost God.” A forensic psychiatrist who consulted with the defense said Lambesis got “roid rage” after using steroids.

His attorney said Lambesis is now off steroids, going through withdrawal, and in total isolation in jail for protection from other inmates. He’s also getting personal counseling from a jail chaplain.

As Lambesis remains in jail, As I Lay Dying has dropped off the coming Killswitch Engage tour, with Darkest Hour and The Word Alive joining on the supporting slots instead.

Read the full article at NBC San Diego.

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OpEd

Separating Art From the Artist

I personally find the idea of putting people on a pedestal to be incredibly naive and childish. At some point, whoever you idolize as being perfect will turn out to have some sort of horrible character flaws that you'll never be able to forgive. People are human, and with that comes not being perfect. Hence why I'm able to say that I don't mind somebody's offstage behavior as much as I do the actual music. In the same way, I don't care about lyrical themes that embrace politics that I disagree with. More...

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Footage Of Tim Lambesis' Arraignment Available

After pleading "not guilty" on charges of soliciting the murder of his estranged wife, footage has now been posted online from Tim Lambesis' arraignment, which is available below.

During the proceedings the prosecution outlined its case and stated what allegedly occurred. According to the prosecution, Lambesis gave an undercover agent money, pictures of his wife, gate codes for her home, and dates when the murder could occur, along with specifically stating he wanted her dead - apparently all of which was recorded on audio.

In addition to the recent statement made by Tim's primary band As I Lay Dying, the members of his new outfit Pyrithion also comment:

"I want to thank everyone for their patience and for their concerns and good wishes that you have shown the band this last week. Obviously this is a situation that can't be planned for and therefor we have been trying not to speak out of turn. As of now, we don't have any more information on the situation than what we can find in the news but we want to make sure this plays out how it needs to and that we don't in any way interfere. Thank you so much for the continued support everyone, it means a ton to us."

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Tim Lambesis Pleads "Not Guilty"

As I Lay Dying / Austrian Death Machine / Pyrithion member Tim Lambesis was arrested Tuesday for allegedly attempting to hire an undercover officer to murder his wife, who previously filed for divorce from the metalcore front man.

The sheriff's department stated they learned of Lambesis' alleged attempts to hire a hitman on May 2nd and subsequently arrested him on the 7th.

UTSanDiego.com is now reporting that Lambesis pleaded "not guilty" when arraigned in court today, and bail was set at $3 million. It is unknown at this time if Lambesis will make bail or remain in custody.

You can read the band's recent statement about the situation here, or check out a video with a statement from the San Diego sheriff's office below. More...

Read the full article at UT San Diego.

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Sheriff's Department Comments On Tim Lambesis

In news that has shocked the metalverse, Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying was arrested yesterday for allegedly soliciting an undercover officer to murder his wife.

Artisan News Service has now posted a video clip online with more details, including an interview with a member of the San Diego Sheriff's Department discussing the investigation and the arrest of Lambesis.

Although there has been no statement from any of Lambesis' various bands at this point (As I Lay Dying, Pyrithion, Austrian Death Machine), the San Diego Sheriff website does list Tim as being detained and set for arraignment tomorrow (May 9th) for charges of solicitation and conspiracy to commit murder.

It is assumed at this time that the band's tour with Killswitch Engage will be cancelled. Tim Lambesis also recently launched a crowd funding campaign to record a new Austrian Death Machine album, and the fate of that recording is likewise considered to be on hold or canceled. Tim also posted a video online just a few days ago defending his band Pyrithion from the religious fans of As I Lay Dying who were concerned with the darker and more extreme bent his latest project was taking.

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Headline News

Tim Lambesis Arrested In Murder For Hire Plot

Update: the band has now issued a statement about Tim's arrest, which can be read here.

Reuters reports that Tim Lambesis, frontman for As I Lay Dying and multi-instrumentalist for Austrian Death Machine, has been arrested for seeking the help of an undercover detective to have his estranged wife killed.

According to a statement from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Lambesis was taken into custody on Tuesday in Oceanside, California, after soliciting help from the detective. Police had previously learned Lambesis was seeking someone who could commit the crime, the department said.

A representative for the As I Lay Dying's record label could not immediately be reached for comment, and it was unclear if Lambesis had an attorney.

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Austrian Death Machine Launches Funding Campaign

Austrian Death Machine has launched a new crowd funding campaign to record a third full-length album and follow-up to the "Double Brutal" album (reviewed here) and "Jingle All The Way" holiday single (reviewed here).

A video clip announcing the campaign can be found below, and you can help fund the record and a corresponding tour at this location.

Various perks are offered depending on how much you donate, including having Tim Lambesis be your personal trainer for a month, spending time in the studio with the band, and having your initials tattooed on Tim's rear end.

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Austrian Death Machine Streaming "It's Turbo Time"

Austrian Death Machine has posted a song online taken off the band's new single "Jingle All The Way." Get a dose of Ahhhnold this Christmas by checking out "It's Turbo Time" in the SoundCloud player below. You can also find Metalunderground.com's review of the single at this location.

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Austrian Death Machine To Release New Single

The one and only Austrian Death Machine spent some time in the studio recently, mostly to lift weights, but also to record a few new songs. The songs are based on the ultimate holiday movie, Jingle All the Way, which stars Ahhnold, of course! The songs are a regaling tale of the pursuit of a one "Turbo Man" doll, sung by Tim Lambesis and Ahhnold.

The digital version of Jingle All the Way will be available for download wherever downloads are sold as of December 6th, 2011 and the limited 7" vinyl single will be available shortly thereafter and can be pre-ordered now. This piece of vinyl will be the perfect stocking-stuffer for the most brutal of friends and family. Ahhnold only asks that the vinyl not be gifted to "puny wimps" or "girly men."

Fans can pre-order the Jingle All the Way 7" now over at this location. More...

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Austrian Death Machine Posts New Video Online

Austrian Death Machine has posted their latest music video, for "I Need Your Clothes, Your Boots, and Your Motorcycle" online.

Tim Lambesis comments on the video: “Arnold is proof that you can be brutal and still have fun. Metalheads can still laugh at a party right? The theme for this video can go a few different ways. I think that no matter what drastic measures Ahhnold takes, he somehow only creates more fun for all. Other people may think there is an underlying story as a Terminator love story between Ahhnold and T-One-Million. However you interpret the video is fine with me, but if you sing along loud enough Ahhnold just might show up at your house too!”

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Next Austrian Death Machine Album Name Considered

Tim Lambesis has issued a new MySpace blog post, with the main point of note that he is considering naming the next Austrian Death Machine album "Keep It Brutal." He is open to fan suggestions, however.

Austrian Death Machine's "Double Brutal" was released in North America on September 29, 2009. Tim's main band, As I Lay Dying, is working on new material that they expect to have complete around the new year for a release in 2010.

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Video Interview With As I Lay Dying Available

Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying and Austrian Death Machine recently appeared for an interview on Johnny Orlando Jr.'s Antibiotic Resistant Metal Show. The video clip of the interview can be viewed below.

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Austrian Death Machine Posts New Song Online

AUSTRIAN DEATH MACHINE, the California group consisting of As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis and famed action hero Ahhnold, has just released the band's second single off of Double Brutal. The track "Who Told You, You Could Eat My Cookies" was inspired by the Arnie movie Jingle All the Way and will go live on the AUSTRIAN DEATH MACHINE MySpace page this Halloween. "I was so excited people thought my vocals sounded like cookie monster that I jumped at the chance to write a song about COOKIES!" comments Tim.

Go here this Halloween to check out the song "Who Told You, You Could Eat My Cookies."

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