Metal Anarchy’s Music In The Age Of COVID-19 Series: Interview With Malacoda

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 Zak Stulla of Malacoda.

METAL ANARCHY: How have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

STULLA: The band has been doing well, we have released two EPs so far and a cover song, and we have a third and final ep of the year being released December 3rd that will act as the final power metal ep we put out.

METAL ANARCHY: Have you been using your downtime to work on new music?

STULLA: Yes, especially more recently as we have began writing new material already and are directing it in a more permanent direction that we can also maintain. I love writing new material and COVID although has negatively impacted our industry has really given us a chance to take a step back and really analyze where we want to go direction wise musically, and as a result has actually benefitted us greatly in figuring out a permanent direction.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the last show you played or attended before the shutdown?

STULLA: The last show we played was at the Rock Pile in Toronto during October of 2019. This was the biggest venue the band had played at and it was an experience I’ll never forget, that set flew by so quickly and I’ve never had that much fun before in my life. I’ll always remember getting disoriented on the venue’s large stage because the lighting guy queued the fog machine when I was running by it which completely camouflaged me so I couldn’t see anything, then when the lazers went off all I could do was keep my head down, play my part, and enjoy the moment.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to play any livestream concerts during this time?

STULLA: At the current moment we are just focusing on the release and writing new material. However we do have some ideas relating to a livestream concert that may happen in the future, although I can’t put a date on it or what we would be performing from our catalog

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live entertainment industry will ever recover?

STULLA: I think it will, however, the road to recovery will vary depending on the scene. In Toronto I think the entertainment industry is already recovering rapidly outside of the metal scene. I don’t think this means that this is the end of metal entertainment in Toronto, I just think it’s going to take a lot longer to recover with certain blurred lined restrictions being put in place that limits the smaller venues that cater to the metal scene.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, is there anything fans can do to help your band or others that may be struggling during this time?

STULLA: I can’t emphasize this enough, support your favourite local bands through buying their merch. Not only does this financially help with creating a new release during this time but also shows that you are all still alive and want to hear something new from your favourite band.

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