As I Lay Dying guitarist Nick Hipa has departed the band, after reuniting with the group a little over two years ago in June of 2018. This according to a report from Lambgoat.
We heard rumors of Hipa’s departure from the band, after the official As I Lay Dying Instagram account unfollowed Hipa, with the guitarist also unfollowing the band from his own account.
Hipa is also no-longer following frontman Tim Lambesis on Instagram. The report from Lambgoat says “we put out some industry feelers regarding Hipa’s status in the band, and Lambgoat can now confirm that Nick Hipa is not currently an active member of As I Lay Dying.”
AILD’s surprising reunion would come after vocalist Tim Lambesis was released from prison on probation in December of 2016. The group later reconciled with the singer, shocking many as Hipa in particular had been highly critical of his former frontman.
In 2016, just two years before he reunited with the band, Hipa said he felt Lambesis hadn’t changed since being convicted of attempting to hire a man to kill his estranged wife.
Hipa told Billboard: “It says to me he’s still the same sort of personality at his core – nothing has changed. He thinks of himself a certain way, and he thinks of himself in a situation he created as a victim.”
So far, we have yet to hear a statement from Nick Hipa about his decision to leave the band. We will let you know if we hear anything.