Death Metal Drummer in Coma Says He Went to Hell and Satan Is Not That Cool

Photo: Stefan Bollman

Being in a death metal band, you'd figure you'd be more prepared to deal with death and the possibilities of going to Hell. But for one man, it wasn't all that it is cracked up to be.

Will Carroll, drummer for the Grammy-nominated band Death Angel, says he and his band members starting feeling ill while touring in Europe where COVID-19 had just begun to spread. Carroll says it hit him hard on the plane ride back home to the San Francisco Bay Area in March. His fiancee says he stayed in bed for five straight days and then started experiencing difficulty breathing, so he was rushed to the hospital.

Doctors say Carroll's fever rose to 102.6 degrees F and his lungs filled with fluids. To keep him alive, doctors placed Carroll in a chemically-induced coma and put him on a ventilator. His heart even failed during the nearly two week coma.

While in the coma, Carroll recalls dreams of the afterlife. He says he saw himself leave his own body and plummeted down to Hell. There, Satan, who was a woman, turned him into a "Jabba the Hutt-like-monster who vomited blood until he had a heart attack."

Carroll says when he woke up, he asked a nearby nurse if he was still in Hell. Thankful to still be alive, Carroll says he's planning on living a healthier life "without hard alcohol or bong rips."

"I'm still going to listen to satanic metal and I still love Deicide and bands like that. As far as for my personal life and experience of what I went through, I don't think Satan's quite as cool as I used to," Carroll says.


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