Earlier today, Of Mice and Men frontman, Austin Carlile, announced that he will be leaving the prominent metalcore act. According to the statement he released today, which is attached below, Carlile has been dealing with Marfan syndrome for a significant part of his career, and the constant touring and live performing that Of Mice and Men have taken on over the last few years have only worsened his condition. In fact, the frontman goes on to say that if he continues to tour and perform with Of Mice and Men, the result would be inevitable “permanent and irrevocable damage to my spinal cord and nervous system”. This is very upsetting to hear that Austin Carlile will have to step down from the band he started and helped grow into the metalcore titan that it is today. According to his statement he will be living in Costa Rica from now on where he will be focusing on resting and healing. Of course I hope he is able to relax and recover in his new home as well as continue to find ways to creatively express himself!
Personally, it has been a long time since I have listened to an Of Mice and Men album from front to back. I started to stop following the band shortly after Restoring Force was released, but the first two records from Of Mice and Men will always be important releases to me. They helped me get more involved in various genres in extreme music while also making Of Mice and Men a historic metalcore band that will be the face of the genre for decades to come. It’s sad to think that I will never get the chance to see Of Mice and Men live with Austin again, but of course, his personal health is much more important than live performances or new albums. The band has stated that they will continue as a four piece for now, but who knows, maybe they might eventually bring someone in to play older material, or maybe Jerry Roush will rejoin Of Mice and Men and do another metalcore cover of a pop song. Regardless of what is in store for Of Mice and Men’s future, I hope Austin is able to recover and relax in his new home and he will truly be missed on stage! We have a few more posts to share before the end of 2016 so stay tuned with us and have a Happy New Year!
Austin Carlile’s Personal Statement: