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Austin Carlile on the 2016 APMAs Red Carpet.

It’s been over four years since Austin Carlile recorded his last album with Of Mice & Men and now the vocalist is speaking out on the process for the record.

In a series of Twitter posts, Carlile opens up on his struggles with addictions during the record’s recording and his focus on his physical health at that time.

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He starts the posts about Cold War off by saying he “was in therapy & withdrawing from an over 7 year battle w/ addiction to oxycontin, dilaudid, seroquel,” while recording the album.

Further, he says he wasn’t even helping with writing at the time aside from “The Lie,” “The Hunger” and “Pain.”

While recently revisiting the album, Austin Carlile says the lyrics on “The Lie” struck him before diving into some of the criticism surrounding the record.

“People bash this record often,” he writes. “I get it too. But the band was simply trying to write in a way where I would still be able to perform without tearing holes in my spinal fluid sac. We all wanted a heavy record. That was all on me, my fault. And I commend and respect the guys so much for taking that L for me, to help me.”

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Continuing, he praises guitarist Alan Ashby and drummer David Valentino “Tino” Arteaga for standing up for him while he was attempting to record under physically horrid conditions.

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The former Of Mice & Men vocalist explains how much it meant to him that the band members wanted to keep the metalcore unit going even without him.

Closing off, Carlile addresses how people have handled him saying that his time with Of Mice & Men was the worst in his life and how it gets taken out of context.

“People take when I said, ‘My years in OM&M were the worst of my life’ way out of context. They were amazing. They shaped me. They led me to all of you. Those years led me to a relationship with Jesus. I started the band to run FROM Him & it ended up pushing me TOWARDS Him… they were simply the worst years because I was SEPARATED from Christ. And what HE had in store for me. Not because of the band. We worked our butts off, and I’m proud of all of us. But I’m full of JOY with where God has me, my wife, & daughter now.”

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What do you think of Austin Carlile’s comments about his last Of Mice & Men album? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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