by Metal Jacket

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. France based band CYCLOPEAN WALLS share their Quarantine Story.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hello! During the corona outbreak I became a dad and at the same time I was composing and recording the Cyclopean Walls’ debut album “Enter The Dreamlands” … so, it was a quite busy period in my life, I suppose.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
As it’s the case with every musician on the planet, all of our concerts. And not only with Cyclopean Walls, but with every project each one of us is participating, in general!

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
The last two years have been at least complicated for everyone. We had all the time in the world to finish older projects or to create new ones as the touring and the gigs were put to a stop by the pandemic. Well, most of us were quite preoccupied with the enigma of “how to make a living?” but supposedly this vital question was answered somehow, time was more than enough to dive into artistic endeavours… And as a result, there were great albums released during the pandemic.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We are trying our best to promote our album on the Internet and to keep things interesting for the fans by posting our news frequently and broadening the variety of our merch.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Stronger than ever before. With great new albums and bands that are hungry for the stage and live gigs. That’s for sure!

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers, promoters…
Unfortunately, everyone but I believe the organizers are in the worst position of us all. Many musicians have what it takes to be music teachers, mixing engineers, producers. They can diverse their activity. Promoters can continue to work for musicians who are preparing a new album or who have the financial means and the time to broaden their fan base during the pandemic. But organizers… they’ve a great problem because the core of their activity is been put to a halt.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
The latest Conception album “State Of Deception”.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
My family and friends who live abroad and we didn’t have the opportunity to see each other as much as we’d want to.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
No there were no rehearsals but there was a lot of sending and receiving between us; riffs, ideas, different mixes and finally the hole album came together, so I guess that now is the time for some rehearsing.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!

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