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Decerebration: 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. Canadian death metallers, Decerebration, released their album “Follow the Scars” in December 2021. Here what they say about Corona experience.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak? 
Doing good thanks!! It hasn’t been easy dealing with the restrictions imposed by the government, but life is slowly getting back to normal. 

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus? 
Because of the COVID outbreak, it was impossible to play shows anywhere in Canada or Quebec. The borders were closed for a very long time too. We had to cancel a few shows unfortunately. We had to postpone the release of “Follow the Scars” because we couldn’t practice as a band and finish working on the songs. There was a lockdown and a curfew in Quebec for a long time. However, it allowed us to write one more song to record and put on the album, “The Gift of Anger”.  

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands? 
Obviously, live shows were greatly affected by the restrictions. In Quebec, venues were closed altogether for a long time. When you can’t play live, it affects any band. On a brighter side, you have a lot of time to write music when you’re stuck at home. 

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period? 
We interact with them mostly through social media by releasing new music with a new album called “Follow the Scars”. 

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation? 
I hope metal fans will go crazy and go to shows to support and restart the metal scene.  

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters… 
I would say the scene as a whole will suffer because everyone works together.  

What is your isolation soundtrack? 
I discovered so many bands during the pandemic; it would be too long to list them all. I will say this however, metal was my COVID soundtrack!! 

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most? 
On personal level, I missed my friends and my family during lockdown because we weren’t allowed to see each other. I also missed playing music with my brothers in Decerebration a lot. 

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like? 
We didn’t have any rehearsals during the lockdown up here. Once it was lifted and the government allowed it, we started band practices again. I don’t see how we could rehearse online anyway. 

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe! 
Thank you!

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