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 Death On Fire.
METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?
DEATH ON FIRE: We have been doing really well. It has been a good time to reconnect with my kids and take a little time to focus on the areas that we all sometimes ignore or take for granted.
METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?
DEATH ON FIRE: Yes!!! We have recorded this EP and an LP and written several more songs for future releases etc. It was great to have the additional time to just write music with out any pressures or deadlines.
METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?
DEATH ON FIRE: We were actually very busy rehearsing for a tour so it had been a minute since we saw a show. We released our last album “Ghost Songs” the week before the word shut down. due to the shut down our tour cancelled and we just went back to writing. I think the last show we saw was a local show case featuring our friends in Severed Headshop and a really cool black metal band from the area called Karkosa.
METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?
DEATH ON FIRE: We just did one at a live show we had a week ago. This was when our home state opened up and lowered restrictions. We will probably do one or two more for those that aren’t ready to attend shows yet. It is something we had held of on for some time because the market for it was flooded, and we were not able to rehearse, so logistics were tough.
METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?
DEATH ON FIRE: Yes, I actually believe that we will all come out of this stronger than before. People are realizing how important live events are and they are sick of living through phone screens. There will be a flood of great shows, and it is up to us as performers to manage it properly and foster growth. My biggest worry is over saturation, but that will take sometime, I think.
METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?
DEATH ON FIRE: Share our music with friends. most of our stuff is name your own price or just a few bucks on Bandcamp. grab a download for a dollar or two and say hi if you want www.deathonfire.bandcamp.com. That goes a long way for bands just seeing what we do shared and appreciated.