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Bloodfeast Ritual: 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. Death Metal band Bloodfeast Ritual released “Altars of Sacrfice” EP on July 24th. Michael Bala, guitarist and bassist, speaks for Metal Jacket Magazine.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
I’m doing well! Lots of guitar playing, movie watching, and music listening! Certainly can’t complain.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We’ve had to push back our EP release because of the outbreak. It came out on July 24th, but was originally scheduled for May 29th. We also had to push back the recording of our second release, due to work restrictions. 

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Well, no one can tour at the moment, which is pretty scary because a lot of bands rely on touring for a large part of their income.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Thankfully our online presence has been stepped up and we’ve actually had a great time interacting with everyone! The EP is doing well and we’ve received a number of compliments from friends and fans alike.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Hopefully, more brutal and pissed off than ever.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
This whole situation is a goulash of pain for everyone involved. I think when one aspect of the metal community suffers, the entire community feels it.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Currently, I’ve been spinning a lot of Vinnie Moore. That might not be the heaviest thing in the world, but that man can certainly play guitar.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I miss getting a burger with the guys after band practice. It was always such a rewarding feeling to slam a double cheese after a job well done. 

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Unfortunately, the most we have at the moment are both guitar players getting together to work on business-related things. LA County has been hit pretty hard, so we’re doing everything we can to stay safe and return to a sense of normality as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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