Opeth Vocalist Cracks Skull
2012-05-10 by zaruyache | 76 Comments

Recently, Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt had a bit of an accident in the bus of fellow tour mates Mastodon. The vocalist wrote on the band's website about the ordeal:

"Hi guys! I'm writing from beyond the grave. Seriously, I was not in a car crash and I haven't broken my arm. All that happened is I hit my head in mastodons tour bus as I was getting a new pair of (red) underwear out from my suitcase. Wish the story was more rock and roll, believe me. Anyways I split my head open down to the skullbone and had to be taken to the emergency. They gave me a bunch of shots in the wound, cleaned me up and stapled my head shut with 8 metal staples. Head is sore and if I smile it feels like the wound is gonna burst open again, but I'll be on stage by tomorrow again. I feel extremely disappointed that we couldn't play at the myth in Minneapolis, but paramedics told me I couldn't. We will reschedule the show for our next trip to the USA. So all rumors of me being in a car crash are false. I did crash my head into a car though, well...a bus really. Sorry for disappointing our fans in Minneapolis but I hope you understand. See you next time. Best. Mikael"

http://www.opeth.com/home/news/item/130-update-from-mikael-on-his-injury

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Band Page: Opeth

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KSK1
May 10th 2012

4072 Comments


Inb4 everyone on sputnik

eleventhsun
May 10th 2012

1475 Comments


Saw this on FB the other day, he split it open pretty good for just bumping it.


Storm In A Teacup
May 10th 2012

12687 Comments


= 0

Devastator
May 10th 2012

2452 Comments


The bigger question is.......... Is the underwear unharmed?

Scoot
May 10th 2012

17681 Comments


true metal

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BallsToTheWall
May 10th 2012

44164 Comments


Lol.

Ovrot
May 10th 2012

10468 Comments


MY LIST WAS ALMOST TRUE

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Yazz_Flute
May 10th 2012

18764 Comments


Yeah saw this a few days ago. Pretty gnarly wound.

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evilford
May 10th 2012

21197 Comments


wow bone disease?

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ConcubinaryCode
May 10th 2012

2032 Comments


i thought he busted some kids head open or something. drat...

Motiv3
May 10th 2012

8920 Comments


I saw this before on fb. The thing about red underpants cracked me up. Hope he's aite though.

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evilford
May 10th 2012

21197 Comments


I would imagine any kind of singing/screaming would aggrivate this wound and possibly rip it back open

It's pretty crazy this happened just from knocking his head. maybe all would be well right now if he hadn't soiled his underpants to begin with.

AsoTamaki
May 10th 2012

2525 Comments


i thought he busted some kids head open or something.

Haha. He's not nearly metal enough for that. In fact, he's so un-metal that that he wishes the story were "more rock and roll" and not "more metal" like a metal guy would have said. Really sad what's he's becoming.

Dashy
May 10th 2012

421 Comments


I like him, but seriously that's so stupid.

ti0n
May 10th 2012

1377 Comments


The bigger question is.......... Is the underwear unharmed? [2]

Made my day :D

ControlDarts
May 10th 2012

290 Comments


Mastodon - Crack the skull

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 10th 2012

10585 Comments


8 m/ staples

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2012

23798 Comments


holy shit hahahaha

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2012

16259 Comments


For those who haven't seen the wounds posted on Opeth's FB:

http://i.imgur.com/hqtvv.jpg

Ire
May 10th 2012

41749 Comments


battle wounds m/

bloc
May 10th 2012

34679 Comments


Red underwear? Respect +1

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linchpin313
May 10th 2012

813 Comments


Hopefully that knock will make him realise just what the fuck he's done on that last Opeth album.... the sheer horror will haunt him.

TheFifthEye
May 10th 2012

121 Comments


The Lines In My Head.

Wizard
May 10th 2012

19223 Comments


Hopefully that blow to his head will get his head out of his ass and back in some more dm.

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johnnydeking29
May 10th 2012

8987 Comments


m/ as fuck

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FuzzyWookie
May 10th 2012

139 Comments


I don't understand how just "bumped his head" and had to get staples? Seems to me like he dove for that fuckin' underwear

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2012

10003 Comments


Oh my god, this is both humorous and awful. Glad to hear that he's alright.

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Imperial
May 10th 2012

1721 Comments


I hope he goes into a coma and wakes up only able to growl.

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po0ty
May 10th 2012

486 Comments


m/

LifeAsAChipmunk
May 10th 2012

4854 Comments


"Red underwear? Respect +1"

Lol, too m/

thumbcrusher
May 10th 2012

3578 Comments


lol but really that cut looks naassty

TheNotrap
May 10th 2012

7981 Comments


I hope this accident helps Mikael to regain his songwriting capacity.

RooseveltsGhost
May 10th 2012

863 Comments


Porcelain Head

mangasm
May 10th 2012

672 Comments


Band sucks don't give a fuck.

DeadBeat
May 10th 2012

529 Comments


Yeah right defeater is so much better...

Shut up indie fag, Mikael is God

paxman
May 10th 2012

4084 Comments


He's a real headbanger

mangasm
May 10th 2012

672 Comments


"Yeah right defeater is so much better...

Shut up indie fag, Mikael is God"

Damn, got me there.

MO
May 10th 2012

18250 Comments


the pictures are rough too, I wonder what it was he hit his head on, like the edge of something or

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boogs
May 10th 2012

222 Comments


He couldn't drink with Mastodon

BallsToTheWall
May 10th 2012

44164 Comments


So I guess Thor got tired of Mike making shitty music all the time so he decided to punish him with a head injury.

mangasm
May 10th 2012

672 Comments


So I guess Thor got tired of Mike making shitty music all the time so he decided to punish him with a head injury. [2]

Relinquished
May 10th 2012

24443 Comments


I got a metal plate on my skull. always makes a good topic when going through metal detectors at the airport.

rockandmetaljunkie
May 10th 2012

3302 Comments


Ouch that's gotta hurt !!
I hope he is ok.

Weedkeller
May 10th 2012

50 Comments


Too bad it wasn't the douche from Rest

Knott-
Emeritus
May 10th 2012

10194 Comments


This shit happened to me when I was like 8 in the school playground. I THINK HE'LL BE OKAY.

Also lol @ article, "a bit of an accident."

aqualungcancer
May 10th 2012

573 Comments


Weedkeller, you don't need to be so rude. Quit spreading all your hateful comments towards Rest.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2012

4381 Comments


@Paxman
that comment made my day.

rockandmetaljunkie
May 10th 2012

3302 Comments


Yeah, probably he'll be ok, he is an iron head :-P

zaruyache
May 10th 2012

5883 Comments


He's a real headbanger


I just cracked up.


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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2012

4381 Comments


He seems to be fine. Hopefully he'll recover soon.

climactic
May 10th 2012

18342 Comments


lol he left his underwear in mastodons tour bus

DarkSideOfLucca
May 10th 2012

3273 Comments


What a metalhead. I hope I don't get shunned for that terrible pun...

R6Rider
May 10th 2012

4483 Comments


I just split my head at work last month.

Only got 2 staples though.

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ChuckyTruant
May 10th 2012

15707 Comments


lol poor guy

"What a metalhead. I hope I don't get shunned for that terrible pun..."

bahahha

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HitlerIsGod
May 10th 2012

746 Comments


"In fact, he's so un-metal that that he wishes the story were "more rock and roll" and not "more metal" like a metal guy would have said. Really sad what's he's becoming."

yeah, like, why cant he just be a poser and act like somebody hes not. we all need to try to be moar metal

wakeupdead
May 10th 2012

2204 Comments


his mom shouldn't worry, he had clean underwear

tiesthatbind
May 10th 2012

7371 Comments


The Lines In My Head

favorite of the thread so far

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tapitforever
May 10th 2012

1243 Comments


opeth members truly are the masters of headbanging

Sirob
May 11th 2012

2653 Comments


he should really drink more milk.

NotSoFast
May 11th 2012

388 Comments


I smashed my head into a metal stub sticking out of a ceiling... maybe I should have seen medical attention now that I think about it.

North0House2
May 11th 2012

5812 Comments


I love how he details the color of the underwear.

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zaruyache
May 11th 2012

5883 Comments


I think he was implying it was a thong. A manly thong. How... progressive of him.

LasNoches
May 11th 2012

35 Comments


That's soo... Pop and roll?

Immortallix
May 11th 2012

50 Comments


"lol he left his underwear in mastodons tour bus"

Lol i didn't think about that when I read it.

IMZA1793
May 11th 2012

843 Comments


lol this. also "The Lines In My Head" [2]

keyserfunk
May 11th 2012

280 Comments


Saw his first show back from the injury in Silver Spring. Pretty good stuff. A bit too much of their lighter stuff. Dude made some good jokes about about his cracked melon. Good times Opeth.

Puzzles
May 11th 2012

3065 Comments


Karma for making that piece of shit Storm Corrosion record

Storm In A Teacup
May 11th 2012

12687 Comments


Wait a second I told my dad about this almost word for word and neither he nor I caught on about the underwear in another bands bus.

.....

CynicalComplex
May 11th 2012

54 Comments


^Next Opeth album will be a concept album entitled "Red Underwear". It will be an exploration of inter-band sexuality using head wounds as a comparative metaphor.

Or something.

bloozclooz
May 11th 2012

1770 Comments


"Anyways I split my head open down to the skullbone"

Wait, so it was just the skin and muscle then?

17WordHaiku
May 12th 2012

76 Comments


Lol I don't all the comments about the growls and songwriting...

I saw them three weeks ago and they played Demon of the Fall and
the Grand Conjuration and he growled O.o

He was hilarious too and a class act. They put on a much better show than
Mastodon. Get well soon.

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deepspace10
May 23rd 2012

1 Comments


It sucked going to the show in MN specifically to see Opeth for the first time and then while waiting and waiting for them to go on they make a lame announcement about him being in a car accident and suffering a broken arm/and or a head injury. If they would have just told the truth from the start the crowd mightn't have been so understanding. Still am dying to see them though.

Mastodon rocked.

Telekinetic
September 25th 2012

30 Comments


How hard did he hit it?

Wafflez
October 26th 2012

419 Comments


That is so br00tal.

CrimsonFireCF
December 11th 2012

71 Comments


I like how people are making fun of a guy who split his skull open in a accident that wasn't his fault at all. Fuckers.

DarthMann
December 11th 2012

13476 Comments


lol better luck next time mr. akerfeldt



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