We’ve all seen the movies based on little kids on their death beds who claim they visited heaven and God sent them back to earth. They’re inspirational to some, controversial more often than not, and the whole concept is a little played out at this point if we’re being honest.
But a trash metal drummer is shaking expectations up with the claim that, while he was deathly ill with COVID-19, he actually went to hell and met Satan herself.
Will Carroll was touring with his band, Death Angel, across Europe alongside two other bands, Exodus and Testament, when the pandemic started ramping up in February. Several of the guys on tour came down with COVID-19, and Carroll wound up having to be hospitalized and placed in a medically induced coma for 12 days.
In an interview with Decibel, Carroll admitted he was so sick that he doesn’t even remember the ambulance ride to the hospital. But what he does remember is what he calls an “out of body experience” in which he went to hell.
“Satan was a woman and I was being punished for sloth,” he recalled. “I was this giant obese Jabba the Hut type creature. I was vomiting blood and kept on vomiting blood until I had a heart attack which is kind of weird because I had heart failure during my coma.”
Carroll’s account seems like a pretty good infomercial for the Good Book, even if only as a safety precaution. Except…
“I remember rising up from Hell and floating up above my body and once I got to heaven it was horrifying there, too. It was like a Roman orgy and the angels were scarier than the demons,” he said.
Well, so much for that idea.
But all’s well that ends well, and Carroll said his dream/hallucination/spiritual experience punted him down to earth to chill with some friends in a night club before he finally woke up for real.
“My first words to the nurse were: ‘Am I still in hell?’” he said. “She just ignored it.”
The rest of Carroll’s experience with COVID-19 wasn’t any better.
The drummer says he was the first person in that particular hospital to actually pull through after being in a coma with COVID-19. His doctors didn’t think he was going to make it. Instead, Carroll beat the odds, though he is still weakened from the illness and dealing with muscle atrophy as the result of being in a coma for nearly two weeks.
“I remember doctors and nurses coming in like ‘wow,’ amazed I was coherent and speaking,” he said.
The whole thing has him rethinking some of his choices.
In addition to giving up smoking and heavy drinking, Carroll’s shifting his opinion on the lord (or lady) of hell after his out of body experience.
“I’m still going to listen to satanic metal, and I still love Deicide and bands like that,” he said. “As far as for my personal life and my experience of what I went through, I don’t think Satan’s quite as cool as I used to.”
You know what? That’s fair.