Ruptured testicle bassist: ‘My scrotum had swollen to the size of a grapefruit’

Otto Schimmelpenninck was injured onstage while playing with Dutch metal band Delain

The bass player who recently ruptured his testicle while onstage has spoken out about his dramatic injury, explaining that after the accident, his “scrotum had swollen to the size of a grapefruit”.

Otto Schimmelpenninck, bassist for the Dutch metal band Delain, ruptured his left testicle on stage at Birmingham’s O2 Academy after being hit in the groin by a streamer cannon last month, but continued on to finish the gig. Speaking to Noisey, Schimmelpenninck spoke about the pain of the injury.

“It was different from being hit or kicked in that area, in that it was a very sharp pain, like I had been cut. After half a minute or so the pain started to get worse, changing into the kind of pain you have when you’ve received a kick in that zone. I also had the feeling that I was bleeding, as I felt something flowing. When I got the chance to feel inside my trousers that appeared to be correct. I had been bleeding internally, quite heavily, and my scrotum had swollen to the size of a grapefruit,” he commented.

He added that he went to hospital after the gig, but did not receive treatment until the following morning. “They opened my scrotum, released half a litre of blood there and saw there that, as expected, my testicle was ruptured, so they had to remove some blood clots and stitch it up,” he said.

Speaking about his recovery, Schimmelpenninck said: “Even now, one-and-a-half weeks later, it’s very painful and swollen, although apparently that’s normal. If recovery goes as planned, things should start to heal pretty soon… If recovery does not go as planned (i.e. it remains swollen and I remain in pain) chances are it will not be alright. I’m not sure yet what the consequences of that will be.”

Previously explaining the details of the incident in a lengthy Facebook post, the bassist said that an extra member performing with them caused his usual stage placement to be out of line, leading to the incident.

Delain are a symphonic metal band from Holland who formed in 2002 and take their name from the Stephen King book The Eyes Of The Dragon. They’ve released four studio albums including this year’s ‘The Human Contradiction’.