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 Angelic Desolation.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
ANGELIC DESOLATION: We’ve been doing all right. All of us minus the bassist have kept our employment through this entire thing so we’re definitely pretty fortunate in that regard. We’ve just been keeping busy and not letting this thing slow us down. When the whole world gets shut down it’s too easy to just give up. Seeing as how restrictions are starting to lighten up now, in hindsight it was a good idea to keep the train moving. Any band that didn’t keep themselves busy during this down time will probably be kicking themselves once everything opens up to full capacity again.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
ANGELIC DESOLATION: Keeping busy would be an understatement. We have a few video productions in the works for release this year along with a dual reissue of our last two albums. Though, instead of remixes or a vinyl release, it is actually a commentary album. It features the vocalist and the guitarist, myself, talking for a few minutes on every track regarding how the song came about and a little bit of history about each one. We’ve also been hard at work on new material as we are five songs deep into our next full length. Ideally, we’re shooting for a 2022 release and as long as we keep cruising along then that should be no problem.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
ANGELIC DESOLATION: The last time that we played live was back in November I think. It was a local only show but it was really killer. The drummer of Extremely Rotten has a new band out of Denver called Venomous Agent and that was their debut show so it was a ton of fun. When you don’t play a show for an extended period of time or even see live music, you truly forget how much you love that experience and it just makes you realize how much you want to get back to doing things again.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
ANGELIC DESOLATION: We don’t have any livestream concerts planned, but that’s not to say we don’t have video content rolling out. Our live shows tend to get pretty messy with fake blood and gore props so it might actually get censored if we went that route. We’re taking a slightly different approach to the livestream concert idea, but we promise it won’t disappoint.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
ANGELIC DESOLATION: I’m sure the industry will recover, but to say that it will happen in a timely manner is another thing completely. In America, I’ve seen some flyers for some bigger tours that are planning to come through but simultaneously. I’ve seen some other tours and festivals getting cancelled. Whether I like it or not, I feel like it’s still too early to start planning out year-long tours. It’s already hard enough for a smaller band to plan out a two-week run within our own country so the logistics of a world tour aren’t going to be any easier. As much as we’d all love things to be back to normal, I fear that the music world will still have to wait another year.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
ANGELIC DESOLATION: A band is essentially a small business. The best way to help out the bands that you love is to buy as much merch from them as possible. Whether it’s buying merch, paying for a livestream concert or any other avenue of income, by being an active fan and showing the bands that you love that you still care. That means a lot. If a band or an artist knows that there is still a demand for what they put out then that artist that you love will likely still keep working their ass off to bring you content. If anything, it decreases the likelihood that they will just hang it up. These times are tough for everybody right now, but if you know that your fans are out there and want more from you then it’s a very motivating reason to keep pushing forward.