A horrifying, touching, sobering yet encouraging update from John Baizley of Baroness on the band’s bus accident. I’m glad to hear they’re on the mend, and can’t imagine what a life-altering experience this must have been (and continues to be).
“There was one moment in the crash that cut me deeply. For one heartbeat and one tiny sliver of time, I became disconnected entirely. It was, specifically, the moment I impacted with the glass. In that barest heartbeat of a moment, I came face to face with the infinite. I didn’t see a light, or the tunnel or hear any music. Nor did I get a “best-of” montage of my life. Instead, I felt the tip of my nose brush up against the very same fate I had accepted moments before. I looked into a cold, unreflective mirror. It was the dark, silent, dispassionate logic of the end. I realized in that moment that life can be seen as a light switch: “on” or “off”. When the moment passed and I heard the screaming, felt the pain, and tasted my own blood, I was overcome with joy. I was ecstatic to be back amidst all that chaos and horror *because* it was alive and real. I finally glimpsed the relative importance of all things.”
awesome and encouraging read. I was just getting into this band when I heard about their horrific bus crash in which just about everybody was severely injured. I believe the one member who wasn’t injured was the guitarist who was a soldier in Iraq and got shrapnel in the eye and is legally blind. Yeah, I wish I were making that up. It’s like this band is going out of its way to prove that it is more metal than everybody else.