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Cenotaph: Quarantine Story

by Bart Tomaszewski

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn.  Some time ago (a month or so, I guess) I had honor to interview in Corona Corner my Metal Brother Sergio of legendary Headhunter D. C. And today time for Death Metal legend from Mexico has come. That’s found 1989 Cenotaph am talking about. So, let’s see what the only original member, Oscar Clorio, who plays drums over there (and not only) will say about all shit connected with corona.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Personally it has been difficult since I work on my own and through contracts and at this moment I have not received any work since this started and on the other hand I cannot even play live and generate a little money with the band, I couldn’t really do anything.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Well with Cenotaph we have canceled a tour in the U.S. that we already had for this year, there were several dates, we also canceled some shows in South America and some others in my country Mexico where 3 festivals were contemplated and with Denial we were going to record the new album this year but it had to be delayed so we also canceled the recording.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
This affects the fact  that the bands remain frozen without being able to make live shows and in addition to selling their merchandise, there are many that use technology to be current but still it will never be the same to physically present yourself to your audience and have the opportunity to sell your merchandise.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Some of our work has been reissued and that has kept us moving in some way, we sell our merchandise by mail and it has helped us keep our followers on their toes, we have not done any streaming we are not very related to technology hahaha… We are old school.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I think there are a lot of avid people dying to be at a live event, metal will come through after all this, there will be more people attending the shows and there will be great albums created during the lockdown, everything will be fine.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I think that we are all suffering at the same time since we all depend on each other, whatever the bands and promoters we could stream and charge for them but that is not the strategy that many bands have, we suffer equally.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Demilich, Krypts and Funebre (fin).

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I miss living a normal life without a face shield, walking around town like I used to and drinking beer with my closest friends.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We have not had a single rehearsal, we are all doing it through recorded ideas and this is how we progress in composition.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thanks guys for this interview and stay safe!


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