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

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 Fatality.

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

FATALITY: It’s been tough for all of us. The loss of live music has been very hard on us as that’s our release from the stresses of life. Even writing in the studio came to a complete halt at the start of the pandemic as all businesses were closed down whilst we were all in lockdown. Thankfully our studio managed to implement some really good safety features enabling us to perform completely isolated rehearsals and recordings before things started to open up again. That was an absolute savior for us because our mental health was definitely suffering whilst we didn’t have a creative outlet.

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

FATALITY: Yeah, we’ve been able to really concentrate on writing new music because we haven’t had any shows to rehearse for. We’ve managed to write loads of new music and really refine our sound and our feel during this time. We’ve been able to really develop some ideas and bring out some new music that we’re really proud of.

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

FATALITY: That would be our ex-drummer Chris’ last show for us at Bassment in Chelmsford. Bassment is like our ‘home ground’ so to speak. We always get a great reception when we play there and because it’s our hometown there’s usually a few beers waiting for us when we’ve finished our set.

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

FATALITY: Yes 100%. We’ve already played one livestream at Card Trick Music in July and we definitely have plans to do another, maybe a few depending on when live shows are back. There are plans in the works to be a part of a few different things in regards to streaming shows so we will keep the people updated as soon as we have something solid to advertise.

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

FATALITY: It has to. Live music is more than just entertainment for a lot of people. It’s a living, it’s a life and it’s an escape. We in this industry have been through countless hardships and we’ve always come through and survived so why should this be any different. We have always banded together and fought to stay alive and we will do it again.

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

FATALITY: If any fans want to help out they can go search Fatality or FatalityBandUk on streaming services and check out all our new music. We’re constantly releasing new material throughout this time and it would mean a lot if people gave it a listen and let us know what they think about it. In return if there is anyone out there struggling and need to talk then we are here. You can message us by email or on social media and we will be there for a chat if you need us. This is a really tough time and we know the struggles and toll it can take on mental health. We want to be there for people that don’t have a support system, or even if they do and just want to talk. We will be there.

Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Eden Echo

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Eden Echo.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

EDEN ECHO: We are Eden Echo, a melodic heavy metal band from BC, Canada. We are proud to weave a diverse set of influences into a sound and journey of our own novel design.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

EDEN ECHO: Bands like Mastodon, Opeth, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Dio, Rush and many more!

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

EDEN ECHO: “Kingdom In The Shadow” EP 2019. Coming soon, our debut LP “Hourglass” is set to be released by the end of 2020! We are committed to writing music that is unapologetically melody driven, heavy and heartfelt!

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

EDEN ECHO: Audience members are often riveted by our well placed melodies, progressive riffage and soaring vocals! They can expect a real shock and a new band to follow closely.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

EDEN ECHO: We plan to be paying homage to the gods of Rock and Metal all over the world as a dedicated, established metal band!

Blind Guardian Release Live Single “Violent Shadows”

As previously reported, Blind Guardian performed a new song titled “Violent Shadows” during their set for the Wacken World Wide digital festival. Now, the band have decided to release the live version of the track as a digital single. Hansi Kürsch commented:

“Your wish is our command! So we have heeded the call, or in other words, we observed your many requests and wanted to oblige. Here it comes, today we proudly present you with our glorious, virtual Wacken live version of ‘Violent Shadows’ as a digital single. Enjoy this vicious ride and scream along with us. Stay tuned for more, and come to meet your violent shadows.”

HammerFall Share “Any Means Necessary” Live Video From “Live! Against The World”

HammerFall have shared a new live video for their song “Any Means Necessary.” The footage is taken from the band’s new live album/film “Live! Against The World,” which was released today (October 23). That effort was filmed on February 15 at the MHP Arena in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Guitarist Oscar Dronjak commented:

“’Any Means Necessary’ has been a staple of our repertoire since it came out. This video shows really well why, it’s one of these songs that gets both audience and band going no matter what.”

Fleshgod Apocalypse Confirm New Lineup, Release Acoustic Version Of “The Day We’ll Be Gone”

Fleshgod Apocalypse have officially welcomed vocalist Veronica Bordacchini, guitarist Fabio Bartoletti, and drummer Eugene Ryabchenko to the band. With this news, the group have also released a two-track single featuring an acoustic version of “The Day We’ll Be Gone“ and an instrumental version of the track.

Vocalist Francesco Paoli said the following about the new lineup:

“This is the best line-up we could ask for. Eugene is an absolute phenomenon on drums, so I’m really glad to pass the torch to a great successor. Fabio is a true guitar hero, extremely tight and tasteful. Veronica has been with us for 7 years now and even today her incredible talent never ceases to amaze me, so I know she can push her limits further in the future. Now our rehearsal room feels like home again.”

He also added the following about the acoustic version of “The Day We’ll Be Gone“:

“In these uncertain times, we wanted to bare our inner souls and let the music speak for itself. This track pushes us out of our comfort zone as musicians and performer, proving that art in any form can survive the most dreadful circumstances. Given the current situation, it was the right time to do something truly experimental, a once in a lifetime musical exploration for the band. Our recent live streaming concert introduced our new band members to a worldwide crowd, but this song really shows how strongly open minded and skilled they are. Me, Francesco and Paolo have been through this journey together for over a decade, but we haven’t felt this good for a long time. That’s why we’re glad to announce them as official band members. Expect much more, sooner than you think.”

Iced Earth To Release 30th Anniversary Edition Of Their Self-Titled Debut Album

Iced Earth will be releasing a 30th anniversary edition of their self-titled debut album on December 18. The record has been remixed/remastered and it will feature brand new artwork. The first single from the effort, “Written On The Walls,” can be streamed below. Jon Schaffer commented:

“This 30-year-old debut classic has been remixed and remastered from the original 2 inch tapes by Zeuss, and it sounds fantastic. It has a modern touch and still retains the dynamics of the original release. This is a big step forward sonically and visually. We’re excited to have our exclusive artwork and blood red vinyl version at icedearthmerch.com.”

“Iced Earth (30th Anniversary Edition)” Track Listing:

01. “Iced Earth” (Remaster 2020)
02. “Written On The Walls” (Remaster 2020)
03. “Colors” (Remaster 2020)
04. “Curse The Sky” (Remaster 2020)
05. “Life And Death” (Remaster 2020)
06. “Solitude” (Remaster 2020)
07. “Funeral” (Remaster 2020)
08. “When The Night Falls” (Remaster 2020)

Korpiklaani Premiere “Leväluhta” Music Video, Reveal Details For New Album “Jylhä”

Korpiklaani have premiered a new video for their new song “Leväluhta.” This track is from the band’s new album “Jylhä,” which will be released on February 5.

“Jylhä” Track Listing:

01. “Verikoira”
02. “Niemi”
03. “Leväluhta”
04. “Mylly”
05. “Tuuleton”
06. “Sanaton Maa”
07. “Kiuru”
08. “Miero”
09. “Pohja”
10. “Huolettomat”
11. “Anolan Aukeat”
12. “Pidot”
13. “Juuret”

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Further Discusses His Battle With COVID-19 On “The Joe Rogan Experience”

As previously reported, Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) recently revealed that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in February. Now, during a recent appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” the frontman discussed his battle with the disease even further.

Keenan said the following [transcribed by The PRP]:

“I didn’t have a bad [case], yes and no. So it was one of those, you know I’m in Australia. We went out to dinner… and immediately food didn’t taste right, but this is now, this is all hindsight, right I didn’t know at the time. We didn’t know that these are the things you’re looking for, like immediately.

So nobody knew what to tell you. I immediately was sick, then I had to get on an international flight the next morning, fly to New Zealand on… I’m a super spreader [jokingly replying to Rogan], I brought it [to New Zealand], it was in me. And I put it in you.

So we got there, I was like four days in the hotel. Cuz we have four days off before the shows. So I was just drinking water, hot showers, taking care of myself, hot tea, just trying to get through it and it sucked. But you didn’t know yet that like what, how bad this thing could have been. if I’d have known how bad it could have been I would have been freaking out.”

[I] isolated pretty well like I you know I was, I grabbed the masks before I even got on the plane, because I just instinctually like just having, you know friends that are that are, you know, going to Taiwan and going to Japan like you just see the mask, like, Okay, I’m probably just gonna wear the mask anywhere on the plane.”

He continued when asked if all this happened before people were more aware of COVID-19:

“No, it was happening. I asked the doctor when I got to New Zealand ‘do you think this is COVID?’ He’s like, ‘did you have a fever?’ I’m like I don’t remember if I had a fever, well then ‘you didn’t have COVID.’ Okay.

So I got through that. I was able to do the [Tool] show I didn’t have to close my throat down enough [that[ I would have to cancel.”

“Then the next show was going to be in the Northwest…” [Rogan asks how hard it was to sing] “It was not, it was not fun. We had to kind of adjust to set around a little bit, don’t put the hard ones in. I got to Hawaii to go train with Luis.

And some of the guys there, Chad was a Muay Thai instructor. And I’m starting to do the Muay Thai I’m like, ‘dude, this hurts’ like, I’ve never, my hands have never hurt this bad. I thought maybe I sprained them because right after I recovered in New Zealand. I went and trained in New Zealand, thinking, I’m just gonna fucking gut it out, you know, I’m gonna walk it off, rub some dirt on it and I felt okay then.

But when I finally got to Maui, I’m like, this is not right. This hurts I can’t fucking do this. I thought well maybe I sprained my wrist, so months go by that they’re not healing, I’m going through harvest [at his winery] at this point and like nothing’s [changing] they’re not healing.

But I finally went to a doctor, an arthritis doctor, and he was like ‘okay so walk me through when you first saw…’ And I started walking him through everything he goes, ‘you had COVID.’ And what what are some of the side effects that you find are the are that inflammation.

So whatever I guess so it’s some kind of a rheumatoid response. That alone would be well maybe, I’m just 56 and I have arthritis, but my blood work was completely clean everywhere else no other issues anywhere else in my body but just the wrists, explaining that, but I still have the cough.

So whatever cough I had whatever cough I got in New Zealand, like every other day, I’ll have a coughing fit for, you know, for 10 minutes, coughing up stuff, so I have lung damage from from it still.”

He also talked about the disease having an impact on his martial art training:

“Yeah… my motivation is diminished because I’m like trying to do stuff and my hands hurt. Not anymore [though] not that I’m on medication.”

Rogan then made a joke saying Keenan was on meth, before the singer revealed that he has been taking a chemotherapy agent/immune system suppressant called Methotrexate:

“[It’s] is not fun to be on. But my wrists have cleared up… I’m back to, you know, doing stuff.”

He continued when Rogan asked if he has tried CBD:

“The Methotrexate goes for about, it’s like a you know I did, I’ve done it for now 10 weeks. I have another five weeks supposedly I’m gonna do, but I’m going to continue the CBD after that.”

Later in the chat, Keenan also discussed COVID-19 conspiracy theorists:

“I’m still feeling residual effects of that. I feel like there’s a bunch of people that that—maybe I didn’t almost die—I have friends who almost died. Yeah, it was close. So then you have people going… apparently I’m being paid to say this [that he contracted COVID-19]. Eat a dick dude.”