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Norwegian death metal band MAYHEM were involved in one of the most bizarre rock accidents last night (March 9) when a flying sheep’s head fractured a fan’s skull.
Lead singer Maniac was carving up a dead sheep as part of the stage act in Bergen when the animal’s head flew off, striking Per Kristian Hagen, 25.
According to Metro, Hagen was recovering in hospital last night and said: “My relationship with sheep is a bit ambivalent now. I like them, but not when they come flying through the air. I have a headache now.”
He has filed involuntary assault and battery charges. Band member Rune Eriksen, whose stage name is Blasphemer, said that the incident was unfortunate.
“The whole thing was an accident, but maybe it would be ideal for another show,” he commented, and promised the injured fan a ticket for their next show.
The band could face charges with a maximum sentence of six months in prison. Police detective Carl-Petter Leganger said an investigation was underway, but that “nothing suggests this was a conscious act.”
Mayhem, whose songs include ‘Necrolust’ and ‘Deathcrush’, are no strangers to controversy. In 1991, lead vocalist Dead “lived” up to his name when he committed suicide. Drummer Hellhammer then made a necklace using some of the skull’s fragments and guitarist Euronymous reportedly cooked and ate pieces of Dead’s brain.
Euronymous was stabbed to death two years later by the band’s bass player Count Grishnackh, allegedly due to the fact that Euronmyous had a more “evil” reputation.