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Following Baroness’ horrific bus crash in the U.K. earlier this month, The Deciblog published an interview with John LaMacchia, whose band, Candiria, was in an equally terrible touring accident almost ten years ago. The most telling quote of all: “The band was never the same and consequently broke up due to that one horrific event.” Now Candiria bassist Michael MacIvor has penned his own blog about the same incident, and it’s absolutely chilling, a must-read. Here’s a sample:

I can still hear the smashing and twisting of metal, the shattering of glass, and the screams of my brothers trying to make sense of something completely unbelievable. I remember trying to grab on to something, anything to gain some kind of control of the chaos that was going down. The next thing I recall is being sucked out of a side window and rolling end over end on the paved road.

When my body finally came to a halt, I was on my back extremely dazed but very aware that something terrible had just happened. I couldn’t see much because there was a huge cloud of smoke and dust enveloping the entire area I was in. I immediately started to spit what turned out to be glass and gravel from my mouth. I reached for my face first, to feel if I was bleeding from the head. I felt to make sure my nose, ears and eyes were all still there. I looked down to make sure my legs and feet were in tact. I saw a hole in my left ankle that extended into a deep foot long gash going up my left calf. I saw that there was a golf ball sized contusion growing under the skin on my left hand. I shoved the injured hand into my pocket, so as not to look at it, and started to see if I could get to my feet. I could stand, and that was all that mattered to me at that moment.

Read the rest of MacIvor’s blog entry here. His new band Star Killer is playing a gig at NYC’s Irving Plaza on September 8th, the eve of the 10th anniversary of Candiria’s accident.


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