Of Mice & Men’s Austin Carlile Opens Up About The Severity Of His Illness
Of Mice & Men vocalist Austin Carlile has endured various heart-related health problems throughout the past few years that, for the most part, have been fairly publicised to the metalcore band’s loving and supportive fanbase. However, it seems the frontman hasn’t completely portrayed just how severe his recurring health problems have really been.
In a new interview with Metal Hammer, Carlile admitted that he kept his fans in the dark with his health issues, stating that he was in fact “clinically dead for three hours” when he recently underwent an operation on his heart that made him question whether he would be able to see the members of his family and band ever again.
“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through,” the singer admitted. “It’s hard to go through something like that that’s dangerous in general, and just to not know if you’re gonna be there, four, give or six hours later. When I had my heart surgery, my heart was stopped. They put my head in a whole thing of ice, to stop your brain activity, you’re dead. I was clinically dead for three hours while they did the procedure.”
Carlile’s newfound faith in the lord has been far from hidden, which he now admits was the result of his health problems leaving him with no other choice than to put everything in “God’s hands”.
“There’s so much stuff going through my head,” he explained. “Like, ‘Am I going to see my mum?’ What’s going to happen?’ Like, who knows? I was kind of excited. But the one thing I remember right before I went under, and before they put the relax sedative into you, I was just sitting there and my sister and my dad were there and they said goodbye and started wheeling me back.
“I just remember being so at peace, and I remember saying, ‘Look God, this is in your hands’. It was out of my hands completely at that point. I said, ‘I have to have faith that you have a plan for me and you want me to do something with my life. If you don’t, then it’s just going to end right here. If it doesn’t, then I need to wake up and do that’.”
The frontman spent two weeks in the hospital, and then caught pneumonia which forced him to spend an additional week-and-a-half in recovery. Carlile stated, “I’ve never been in worse pain in my life” but expressed that the experience taught him a lot about himself and where he wants to go next.
Of Mice & Men will return to our shores this December alongside A Day To Remember on the Bad Vibrations tour, which will see them visiting Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The band’s new album, Cold World, will be unleashed on the world on September 9 via Rise Records.
A Day To Remember / Of Mice & Men
Saturday December 10th – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth (AA)
Tuesday December 13th – AEC Theatre, Adelaide (AA)
Wednesday December 14th – Festival Hall, Melbourne (AA)
Friday December 16th – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (AA)
Sunday December 18th – Riverstage, Brisbane (AA)