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

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 Ocultum bassist Pablo Kataldo.

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

KATALDO: Like everyone else I guess. Taking care of ourselves and the ones we love. Trying not to die yet.

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

KATALDO: I guess time is always used to create, pandemic or no pandemic. At least it’s varied, in the band it’s been diverse. But the pandemic brought a lot of work, more than in “normal” times. But yes, in this time you are working on new things and we hope they will come out soon!

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

KATALDO: Our last show was the live release of Residue in Crearock (A venue in Santiago centro, Chile), with a lot of people, was amazing!

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

KATALDO: A couple of months ago we had a show On.Line via streaming, which was quite profitable and we managed to do it by hand, in our rehearsal room. At that time we had a bass player in session and it was a good experience. We don’t have a date for another streaming yet, but it’s always there.

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

KATALDO: Eventually it will recover, pandemics are cyclical, we have had pandemics and health problems throughout our humanity. So yes, I think it will recover slowly, but now it is necessary to continue to take care and overcome this pandemic.

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

KATALDO: Yes, buy their albums, support their concerts in streaming, subscribe to their channels and platfrms, and finally, stay tuned in their music. Stay DooM!…..

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

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 The Rockit King vocalist Jes Beveridge.

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

BEVERIDGE: We actually did alright. We finished recording and released “Fourth Turning” and still have ten or eleven partially finished songs. It was a fairly creative period for The Rockit King.

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

BEVERIDGE: For sure. We’re a productive bunch.

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

BEVERIDGE: We have certainly played a few shows since the lockdown. Other than some of the logistical stuff which can be a bit of a moving target, it’s been fun.

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

BEVERIDGE: We haven’t as of yet, but we do have a YouTube presence.

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

BEVERIDGE: Yeah, I do. People want to connect with other people.

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

BEVERIDGE: Patreon is a really great new option for bands. Buying physical merchandise is another. If you dig the music a band is making, buy a T-Shirt, support them on Patreon.

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

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 Void Collapse.

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

VOID COLLAPSE: Pretty good for the most part. I’m pretty much a shut in anyway, so on that front it’s fine. I’m not that social, and worked through all of it. I work at a chemical plant, and it never stopped. There have been some small exposures in my circle, and that type of stuff gets stressful, but for the most part it’s been all right.

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

VOID COLLAPSE: Yep! Our latest album “Gwenda” was done through 2020, and the first part of 2021. Now we’re getting the next one going. I wouldn’t credit the pandemic for that, making music is just what I’m doing in free time. lol.

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

VOID COLLAPSE: We’re not a live band, but I did get to see Zao before all this stuff happened. It was really awesome, they’re one of my favorites.

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

VOID COLLAPSE: Not really. Honestly we are just in the first few years of being around, and haven’t really even thought of that type of thing yet. I’m planning a guitar play through soon. I just watched the Zao livestream a couple weeks ago, and that was incredible.

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

VOID COLLAPSE: It seems to be. I’ve had friends going to shows already. I’m planning to go see Terror in November.

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

VOID COLLAPSE: Just champion your bands, listen, tell a friend, buy a shirt. That’s what I love about death metal, and hardcore. The bands feel like they’re yours. So, just do what you can for them.

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

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 Siren’s Rain.

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

SIREN’S RAIN: It was a really strange phenomenon, seeing each other all of the time and going to making music by distance. We tried, Zoom, Skype, and Discord. We used the time to practice and learn new instruments and complete writing of our first full-length album.

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

SIREN’S RAIN: We sure have. We write music the “old school way”, by jamming it out. We don’t do what a lot of bands do with having one songwriter who writes on a computer. We prefer to jam out and sketch our songs. We have had to make adjustments during the lockdowns, and that has been a challenge.

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

SIREN’S RAIN: We played a really unique event called Metal on Metal, where metal bands provide a live soundtrack for armoured combat fighting. We have played this Seattle event twice, and it’s so different from anything else out there. This was February 2019.

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

SIREN’S RAIN: We had one planned, and then we had a COVID exposure within the band, but also with the livestream production crew, so we were unable to make that happen.

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

SIREN’S RAIN: Like everything, it is shifting and evolving. When industries dip, people find creative ways to re-invigorate.

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

SIREN’S RAIN: Yes! Please follow us on all the platforms- Spotify, Facebook, Bandcamp, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok! Take advantage of Bandcamp Fridays and buy merch! Most importantly, share our music, and the music of artists you like on social media, Music is a participation sport.

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

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 Darren Knight and Stone River of River Knight.

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

RIVER KNIGHT: Stone: It was tough. The lack of social contact has hard. But I kept myself busy in my studio. With plenty of virtual get togethers and a lot of video calls.

Darren: Yeah, it was difficult. But luckily we had the album to do so we were able to record remotely and meet on messenger to keep ourselves occupied.

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

RIVER KNIGHT: Darren: Yeah, we have a new one that was made up of a few parts written through lockdown.

Stone: And I’ve always got my notepad. We’re very excited about our new album, but we can’t wait to get in the studio and lay down the next one.

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

RIVER KNIGHT: Stone: It was a multi band show on the last Thursday right before lockdown for a promoter we know in Portsmouth.

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

RIVER KNIGHT: Darren: Well, we did. An online stream raising money for charity: Don’t Stress Fest.

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

RIVER KNIGHT: Stone: It’s hard to say.

Darren: We’ve played 4 festivals since the quarantine ended and people are coming back out.

Stone: I think it’ll probably evolve in some way, to thrive in the circumstance. People need music and there’s nothing better than seeing a great live performance.

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

RIVER KNIGHT: Darren: Only what any fan would normally do. You know, buy or stream the music and interact with the social media until the time comes when you can get out and see them again.

Stone: Thanks for having us, it’s been a pleasure.

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

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 Ophelia’s Eye.

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

OPHELIA’S EYE: The pandemic probably was hard on every industry concerned and for us it was quite a dampener in the beginning since we just got the first taste of playing in front of people and would have been completely ready to start out right before the Corona measures were introduced.

But nevertheless, this time offered great chances and maybe was a bit of fate as well: Corinne got mononucleosis for over half a year and wasn’t able to do anything anyway and after the partial recovery we used the time to go to the studio and record our first EP, which we may have done later, when we would have played more concerts.

Furthermore, we setup 2 live streams during this time: One in a rehearsal room with a great friend of ours who has his bandroom in the same building and one out of a concert location which was quite fun to try as well.

Of course, it was very important to keep the spirit high, which wasn’t always easy.

As anyone, each one of us was faced with our own difficulties the crisis brought or amplified and some of us had quite a hard time on a psychological level.

But in the end, we just tried to see chances and used them as much as we could and it brought as closer together since we had a lot of deep conversations and bonded like in a family.

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

OPHELIA’S EYE: Indeed. For one thing we’ve refined our existing songs to go to the studio and also refined the live versions of some of those songs. For another thing we’ve written new songs – one of them will be part of the upcoming album as well.

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

OPHELIA’S EYE: We played our very first show on February 29th in 2020 and just a week after, the shutdown came.

We had the luck that in Switzerland there were some months in which smaller shows were allowed to we played in September and October 2020 again. But then, until September 4th, 2021 we had a long break and we are extremely happy to be able to play live shows again now.

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

OPHELIA’S EYE: We have done 2 livestreams and another one will take place on 14th of November 2021 since we wanted to try a live stream with a bit a different setup.

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

OPHELIA’S EYE: Yes, maybe not immediately but over some time.

Live music has always been such an important part for people – not only regarding concerts but making and listening to live music is something that is rooted in all of us, for example the ritual of singing together.

Therefore, we believe that we all will find a way of bringing this back again.

And we also believe that live events will win over streaming events especially in music – you just cannot replace this immersive feeling of standing in front of a stage with other people and feel the music through a stream.

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

OPHELIA’S EYE: Since most bands don’t really make a revenue out of streaming, the part of selling merchandise and music – be it physical or digital – is really important.

Most smaller bands sell those things at live gigs, which was not possible for a long time.

Therefore, if you like a band, check out if they have merchandise or music to sell for example on Bandcamp.

If you want to support us directly you can get the digital download of our EP and also merch from our Bandcamp site but also make a donation via PayPal via our Spotify account.

But what would make us most happy if we could see you in front of us when we play a live show – this is just a heart opener for us and gives us so much energy.

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

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 Grieving.

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

GRIEVING: It wasn’t a picnic but I think I managed to soldier through this time quite well. Fortunately, I could work from home and I didn’t mind staying home – even got to catch up on my sleep quite a bit. Having said that, I work in the music business so we got hit pretty hard and for some time my entire career was kind of hanging by the thread. I hope that by 2022 things will start getting back to normal – if that’s even possible at all.

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

GRIEVING: Yeah, that was actually one of the few good things about the pandemic – I used the extra time I was given to broaden my creativity and apart from new music, I also got involved in writing on a more serious note. But music was still the most important outcome – besides Grieving, I managed to record five other albums in the past two years.

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

GRIEVING: Hmm, let me think… I guess it was a Vilolentor show in Katowice. They’re an Italian black/thrash band, really old school, but pretty awesome. My friend from Poland is their current drummer and invited me to the show, had a blast and then – almost two years of sitting at home…

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

GRIEVING: Not with Grieving. We did something like this with our other band, Mentor (all the members of Grieving play there as well) and it was an ok experience – even released the show later on cassette – but the absence of people was a bit weird, I’m not gonna lie.

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

GRIEVING: Sure. People need their entertainment. The industry adapted to a lot of things in the past, it will also adapt to this. That doesn’t mean that some bands won’t suffer more than others. They will and that sucks, but this business was risky from the get-go, so no surprises there really.

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

GRIEVING: The best way to show your support is by buying merch, simple as that. With small bands like ourselves every CD/vinyl/t-shirt sold means the world to us. And we’re really grateful for all the support we’ve been getting so far.

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

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.

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

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 Disconnected Souls.

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

DISCONNECTED SOULS: On the whole we’ve all been holding up fairly well. We were all working from home / furloughed etc., during the lockdowns. It has affected our productivity with writing new music being unable to meet in person for so many months. It now feels a bit like we’re playing catch up and trying to finalize future tracks we started writing over a year ago (some even longer).

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

DISCONNECTED SOULS: Yes, Holly has been working on a number of demos for new songs by herself, and the guys have done bits here and there. It helps immensely that Fletch has a home studio, but he’s had a fair number of technical difficulties (hopefully fixed now!) which were less than helpful. We’re now getting back into the swing of things with group writing sessions which is great.

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

DISCONNECTED SOULS: We haven’t as yet played a show as Disconnected Souls – we had thought 2020 might have been the year (oh the irony). The last gig Holly and Fletch attended was New Years Day in Manchester.

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

DISCONNECTED SOULS: We don’t have any plans for this at the present. A livestream would be great to do even if it’s post-pandemic. The accessibility of livestreams for fans around the world has really been demonstrated so I think they’ll stick around alongside live shows when they return.

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

DISCONNECTED SOULS: It will, but how quickly that happens is very difficult to determine. Unfortunately, it may get worse before it improves. People love live music and events so there will always be an interest for them.

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

DISCONNECTED SOULS: Purchasing music and merchandise is a fantastic way to support artists and give them some sort of income. If you’re not in a position to do so, just stream their music, share it, follow and interact with bands on social media. It all helps with the algorithms. We always appreciate everyone who supports us in whatever way they choose to do so!

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

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 Kilter.

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

KILTER: The pandemic started just after Kilter’s album release tour, we were in Europe and our very last gig was in NYC the 10th of March 2020!
I tried to use this time to do tasks I never have time to do. Admin, music scores, backups, etc. I also had the opportunity to record music for different companies.

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

KILTER: An EP was recorded in Paris with Kilter and it was released on June 25th. We had to organize its production.

Also, a jazz project called SHIJIN, released in February 2021, took a lot of my time, and was expected since a long time.

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

KILTER: 10th of March 2020, NYC with Kilter!

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

KILTER: Nope, I don’t want to do this.

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

KILTER: I think yes, but it will take time.

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

KILTER: Buying directly from artists is a real big help, and I thank very much all our fans who really support us during the pandemic!