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Black Vatican: Quarantine Story

by Ivona Bogner

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. I am pretty much sure Kansas City based Black Vatican would agree with Dorothy Gale: There’s no place like home.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We are well, adequate, and still sane. For now we are utilizing our time under this quarantine to work on new projects. We are trying to take advantage of this situation in anyway we can. For some it’s a loss, but for us it’s an opportunity.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Shows for the most part, but also promotions such as music videos and photo shoots, unfortunately.

How is the global corona virus pandemic directly impacting bands?
To start, it is canceling shows and delaying ambitions. It can be discouraging since the shows themselves are what bands and musicians live for. Not only that, but it hurts them financially since selling  merchandise is what keeps them stable and that, too, is limited. Merch-making companies are short in employees, shipping is halted, thus hardly any merch is in stock to sell.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We have recently made a Bandcamp and Etsy account to make sales online. We keep in touch with our fans through social media with our Facebook page and Instagram. And we are always working with promoters to get our name out there!

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Hopefully not too different, but we expect it to be more powerful than ever before. This constant isolation, along with the protests around the world is making people anxious and desperate to release their frustrations and emotions, and so they shall. This may bring about the 2nd renaissance of metal. We want to keep Metal the way its always been. Foreign genres may try to influence it, but Metal is a realm of its own and will remain a product of the night and chaos!

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers, promoters…
It’s hard to say, we are no experts, but we assume local bars, restaurants and clothing stores. We’ve seen many of our city’s astounding bars, venues, and underground stores get wiped off the earth due to this virus. Where as large corporate entities seem to be alright. But as mentioned earlier, this may be an opportunity for others, which is how we see it.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Emperor “In The Nightside Eclipse” is a great album to listen to while alone, it takes the mind into a dream-like state. As well as the gothic sounds from Nox Arcana to create a dark, beautiful atmosphere in our homes.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Mostly friends; we miss the activities and time we had with them and the many places we would go, which are mostly closed down now.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Not for now, but each member has specific recordings of our instrumentals to practice along to. Also, we are individually creating rough drafts of future songs, so once they are complete, each member can add their own input and finalize them. This saves us time by working on multiple songs at once.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!  
Mote it be.


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