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"My brain was leaking into my spine." Austin Carlile's year of hell

The Of Mice & Men frontman was set to have a blazing 2015...but you know what they say about those best laid plans...

When the legendary bluesman Albert King sang in 1967, ‘Lord, if it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all,’ he had nothing on Austin Carlile. By even the most conservative estimates, 2015 was primed to be a monumental year for Austin’s band, Of Mice & Men. Since forming in 2009, they had slogged through the metalcore ranks, eventually breaking free of the pack with a pair of lethally heavy albums and an incendiary live show. Their third record, Restoring Force, augmented their bludgeoning rhythmic assault with bouncy nu metal shocks and catchy rock hooks, and when Linkin Park tapped the band to support their 2014 European arena tour and, later, their 2015 North American tour, the gilded doors into the halls of metal superstardom swung wide open.

In the pages of this very magazine back in March, frontman Austin revealed his excitement about the months ahead, noting, “I don’t see a ceiling for this band. I think we’re only just beginning to hit our stride.” But, as the Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote in 1785, with Nostradamus-like prescience, “The best-laid plans of mice and men, often go awry.”

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