James Malone (the dude with the long black hair in the pic below), vocalist/guitarist of tech-death band Arsis is apparently suffering from anorexia. I read some press release a while back where he was apologizing to fans, their record label and pretty much everyone about the fact that they had canceled every gig they were supposed to be on for most of 2008. Back then he only mentioned some personal problems and that “there is no safe way to loose 100 lbs in 4 months”.
In a recent interview on Noise Creep, Malone comes clean about his anorexia problem. He mentions that at his worst he was weighing 128 lbs, which is “crazy for a guy who is 6′ 1″ tall”. Kind of gets me thinking, I’m 6’3″ and weigh 150 lbs. Am I bordering on anorexia? Anyway, Malone is on the way to getting his shit together. And now that original drummer and college buddy Michael Van Dyne has rejoined them, things are looking up for the band.
When you think of metal musicians dealing with personal problems you imagine stuff like drinking, drugs, being broke or getting shot at; but I would have never imagined Arsis’ main man suffering from anorexia. Here’s to him getting out of that hole and keep on keeping on.