Former In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad has revealed to his fans that he is suffering from severe depression and anxiety problems.
The current The Resistance guitarist posted the following message on Facebook:
“Fans and friends, I decided it was time for me to write something about the current situation with me.
“As you noticed, I’ve been pretty inactive with the band and with updating my site, etc. Want to explain a little why.
“I am battling severe depression and anxiety problems, and have done for over 20 years now. My problem, at least 5/10 times, [has been] to take the easy way out. I’ve been drinking, and threw back what ever I get my hands on, just to numb my constant pain both in my broken soul and body.
“I’m on a great program now that will take me back to the person I once was, and [am] very positive about it, so don’t doubt I will be back — obviously, with my family in THE RESISTANCE, finishing my solo album and other projects. But I have to get well first; that’s my No. 1 priority. But I pick up the axe every day and I find it more and more exciting to play again!
“I want to give my apologies for people that came from far to see the real lineup with THE RESISTANCE this summer, and I haven’t be able to do it. I’m really sorry about that. But be sure I [will] be back with a vengeance!
“I will fight my demons ’till the day I die, and I will play ’till the day I day die….
“I do everything in my power to get better. And I’m on the right path.
“See you on stage somewhere soon, and my soloalbum will be in [your] ears soon.
“This takes time, but I will FIGHT!
“I would be so glad if you have you guys behind me! Love ya all. May the force be with you!!!!!
“Love and respect to the death.”
Strömblad left In Flames in 2010. Earlier this year Loaded Radio interviewed frontman Anders Fridén who insisted the band would have no problem performing with Strömblad again.
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