Will Carroll of the thrash metal band Death Angel has shared his harrowing coronavirus experience including the terrifying dreams he had while in a coma.
The drummer was on tour in Europe playing shows in several countries as coronavirus cases were beginning to increase. With shows starting to get canceled, the band returned to the United States. Several band and crew members began to feel sick after they were coming home.
In an extensive interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Carroll described his experience saying he started to feel ill on the plane ride back home to the Bay Area. Upon returning home, Carroll was in bed for five days. On the sixth day, March 18, Carroll had difficulty breathing and his fiance rushed him to the hospital.
With a 102.6 degree fever and several liters of fluid in his lungs, an emergency medicine doctor hooked Carroll up to a ventilator, which required him to be comatose until his condition improved.
During that time, Carroll recalled a vivid dream of visiting the afterlife where he met Satan who punished him for the sin of sloth. He morphed into a “Jabba the Hutt-like-monster” who vomited blood until he had a heart attack.
“I woke up on the hospital bed with tubes coming in and out of me, and there was a nurse right there and my first words were, ‘Am I still in hell?’ ” Carroll said.
Carroll’s experience is leading him to live a healthier lifestyle and adopt a belief in a higher power. He felt prayers from his family and friends helped him in his fight.
“I’m still going to listen to satanic metal, and I still love Deicide and bands like that,” Carroll 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.”