Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “Music In The Age Of COVID-19” series, the feature where I discuss the ongoing pandemic with various musicians. This time I have an interview with Joe Randazza of Eye Of The Destroyer.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
RANDAZZA: Well, at the beginning of the pandemic I lost my grandfather and our bassist lost his dad. Its been tough. I have personally used the experience as a period of self reflection and tried to better myself both as a musician and a person. I have lost close to 150 lbs, reclaimed my health and repaired several relationships. In doing that I have found a new stream of creativity that allows me to dig deep and heal a lot of wounds.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
RANDAZZA: I am in three bands currently. All will be releasing a lot of music this year. I have been using it as best I can! Eye of the Destroyer will be releasing a new single each month for the entire year. I may be obsessed with using my downtime for music.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
RANDAZZA: You know at this point it’s hard to remember. It’s been so long since I have thought about the pre-pandemic existence. I believe our last show was a tribute to Dimebag Darrel in Massachusetts? Don’t quote me on it.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
RANDAZZA: We don’t have any plans for a livestream concert at this time. It’s not to say it won’t happen but we are content working on new music and reinventing our sound.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
RANDAZZA: I do. I think people won’t take it for granted. Nothing makes you realize you love something like having it taken away. It’s gonna take a long time for things to be back the way they once were but when it comes back it will be big.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
RANDAZZA: Buy our merch. Share our news and listen to our fucking music.