Madina Matt accepts he’ll suffer memory loss, headaches and light sensitivity for as long as he lives after brutal assault

Fighting for fitness: Matt Leone

Madina Lake bassist Matthew Leone has accepted he’ll need to deal with health issues related to his attempted murder for the rest of his life.

He was severely beaten and left for dead in June last year after he went to the aid of a woman who was being attacked by her husband. He spent the following months in hospital and required the temporary removal of part of his skull during a series of emergency operations.

After months more rehabilitation Leone has put much of the ordeal behind him – but knows he’ll carry mental and emotional scars for ever.

He tells Noisecreep: “One of the worst things is living with vertigo. It’s a bizarre condition and it really kicked my butt at first. When I lay down in bed it felt like I just kept going further and further down, like some kind of nightmare.

“There’s a nagging feeling and reminder around the area where I had my surgery – it won’t let me forget. I’m doing all sorts of exercised to keep my memory up. Then there’s the part about being sensitive to light and sound. That’s fun.”

Madina Lake are preparing to tour in support of new album World War III but Leone is convinced his health problems won’t stop him putting in the energetic performances he’s known for.

“Adrenaline will probably fight off the symptoms,” he says. “I haven’t had any vertigo spells or anything while I was playing.

“If anything it’s made me focus way more on my actual playing. In the past I’d be jumping off speakers or hanging from the rafters – now I’m taking notice of what I’m doing on the bass. That’s definitely a good thing.”

And Leone believes positivity is the best medicine as he continues to fight. “I’ve learned I can’t play the victim card,” he says. “If I had one piece of advice for anyone going through something similar it would be: don’t take everything so seriously.”

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