IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers has commented on the knee injury which forced him to play the band's January 27 concert at B1 Maximum in Moscow, Russia while sitting on a chair.
Swedish writer Martin Carlsson, who accompanied IN FLAMES on their mini-tour of Russia, told BLABBERMOUTH.NET, "We went to the Red Square [on Jan. 27] for a photo shoot. The ground was very icy and Peter slipped. He dislocated his knee and went to hospital, but played the show."
Commented Peter: "Hey. I'm fine now, but it truly sucked a few days ago. What happened was that I slipped on some ice on the Red Square and dislocated my knee, hurt like a motherfucker to say the least. I went to a Russian hospital to drain blood from the knee and to get an x-ray — where I also got support for the leg. Then I took a lot of painkillers, and went to sleep for a few hours before the show, which I performed while sitting down. Weird, but doable. When I got back home, the doctor told me to bend my knee as much as possible and move it but not put weight on it. I should be fine in a few weeks, [about] a month or so, but I won't be lifting a lot of stuff in the nearest future... I never thought that something could hurt that much though — I don't recommend it."
Photos of Peter taken just before and during the Moscow gig can be found on the web site of the Swedish newspaper Expressen (for which Carlsson penned a full report from the Russia trip).
More pictures from the Moscow gig are available at Darkside.ru.
As previously reported, IN FLAMES spent the weekend of January 19-20 in Skellefteå, Sweden filming the video for their upcoming single, "The Mirror's Truth". Helmed by the Swedish company Popcore (NORMA JEAN, UNDEROATH, KHOMA, CULT OF LUNA), the clip was shot at an abandoned factory site.
IN FLAMES recently inked a deal with Koch Records for the North American release of the group's new album, "A Sense of Purpose". Due on April 1 (April 7 in most of Europe via Nuclear Blast), the follow-up to 2006's "Come Clarity" was recorded at the band's own IF Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden and was mixed by Toby Wright (METALLICA, SLAYER). The group received assistance during the vocal-recording sessions from producer Daniel Bergstrand, who previously produced the vocals on "Reroute To Remain", "Soundtrack To Your Escape" and "Come Clarity". All artwork for the album was created by Alex Pardee for ZeroFriends. Alex also created the artwork for the first single, "The Mirror's Truth".
Watch fan-filmed video footage of IN FLAMES performing the song "Crawl through Knives" on January 27 at B1 Maximum in Moscow, Russia: