Bassist Karin Axelsson of the Swedish/British modern metallers SONIC SYNDICATE was reportedly "seriously injured" during the filming of the band's new video, "Turn It Up". According to a press release, the incident occurred while the group was shooting a scene where the members of SONIC SYNDICATE were being murdered with a guitar by a "sexy girl." Although the scene was intended to be staged, Karin actually got hit in the head with the instrument, causing a laceration as well as a brain concussion.
At the moment, it is not clear if Karin will be able to hit the stage with SONIC SYNDICATE for their next scheduled concert on Sunday, August 7.
A picture of the incident aftermath taken with the cell phone of SONIC SYNDICATE guitarist Roger Sjunesson can be viewed below.
Commented Sjunesson: "Those scenes [were supposed to among] the many highlights in our new video [and] I definitely wanted to take a pic of it. So I did when it was Karin's turn to get 'killed.'
"What started as a joke soon became bitter reality. It looked so real when she got hit that we were close to applauding, but we soon realized she got hit for real. We then got pretty shocked and scared. Karin moved quite slowly and there was blood everywhere — her own and fake blood. It was really, really scary!
"We are now pretty much sedated she did not take any irreversible damage of this and hope she'll be fine again soon!"
Added Axelsson: "Wow! That was one weird experience. What should [have been] a fake kill for a fun video clip nearly turned into a snuff movie.
"I did not know what was going on. I thought I'd be lying there and then someone would shout 'Cut!'
"When I got hit, I was surprised and shocked at the same time. But I guess my boys were more scared than I was, haha…
"As of now, I still got some serious headache, which sucks and I really don't know if am gonna be able to play that next show with the band 'cuz I am feeling dizzy all the time — but [you can rest assured that] I will try everything in my power to make it happen!"
The "Turn It Up" video will be released in late September.
"Turn It Up" comes off SONIC SYNDICATE's new album, "We Rule The Night", which will be released in Europe on August 27 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Bohus Sound studios in Kungälv, Sweden and was mixed at Paramount Studios in North Hollywood, California by producer Toby Wright, who has previously worked with KORN, SLAYER, MÖTLEY CRÜE, KISS, FEAR FACTORY, IN FLAMES, STONE SOUR and OZZY OSBOURNE, among others.
"We Rule The Night" track listing:
01. Beauty And The Freak
02. Revolution, Baby
03. Turn It Up
04. My Own Life
05. Burn This City
06. Black And Blue
07. Miles Apart
08. Plans Are For People
09. Leave Me Alone
10. Break Of Day
11. We Rule The Night
In addition to the album's standard version, "We Rule The Night" will be made available in a limited-edition digipack featuring two bonus songs and a DVD.
The cover artwork for "We Rule The Night" was created by Gustavo Sazes (ARCH ENEMY, SONIC SYNDICATE, GOD FORBID) of Abstrata Art.