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Eisenhauer: 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. Christian “Waxe” Wagner, vocalist and guitarist of German band Eisenhauer, shares with us his quarantine experience.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi, my name is Christian “Waxe” Wagner. I am the guitarist and singer of the band Eisenhauer. Fortunately my family, my friends and I are doing well and I don’t know anyone personally who has the virus.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Unfortunately we cannot organize a party or a concert for our album release. That hurts. But we will definitely catch up as soon as possible. For release day we have received support from a few radio stations. Thanks again for that! It is also very difficult to organize gigs for the rest of the year. Everyone is unsettled.
The publication date is fixed. We will release our album “Blessed Be The Hunter” on June 6, 2020 via the new German cult label Rafchild Records. For us there is no reason to postpone it. I think especially in these tough times people need good music that strengthens them.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
No rehearsals, no gigs. But people have a lot of time to listen to music. This is probably good for bands to get new fans from. It’s hard that we haven’t been able to rehearse for weeks. First you realize how important music is and the guys are for you.
However, I use this time to write new songs and play a lot of guitar.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Since we have promoted our album the last few weeks, our Facebook page was pretty turbulent. There are always great reviews and interviews to read and our lyric video for the song “Wild Boar Banner” can also be seen on YouTube.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal itself is indestructible. But how concerts will look in the future is questionable. I’m not sure if the whole thing works with a safety distance and face mask. That would demand a lot of discipline from the audience and would certainly have an impact on the mood.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
We all depend on playing a lot live. Everything depends on it. And so we all have to work together and maybe also implement new ideas and concepts.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Dio and Black Sabbath always go. I also heard a lot of Tribulation, High on Fire and Sanhedrin.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
To meet and celebrate my friends regularly. Thanks to the relaxation of the contact restrictions, relatives can meet again.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine?
If yes, how do they look like? Unfortunately, no. We are not allowed to meet 4 people from different households in one room. We also had to give up our rehearsal room 2 weeks before the quarantine because it was rented to someone else. Now it’s time to find a suitable place. I run our new disc out loud and play and sing along. The perfect gig simulator ha ha ha.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe! We have to thank!
Thank you for the interview and everyone stays healthy.
Heavy salutations – Eisenheads United!

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