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Fatal Embrace: 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. German Thrash Metal veterans, Fatal Embrace, founded as Nosferatu in 1993, have released their last album “Operation Genocide” in September 2019. Dirk “Heiländer” Heiland speaks in front of the band their Quarantine Story.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
It’s like a nightmare, but I’m fine.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Since we are filling the band with new musicians and are still working on creating a new line up, we have not planned any concerts for 2020.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Yes, that’s completely crazy. Most bands live from selling their recordings and merchandises at concerts. All tours have been canceled. All festivals put on hold. Fatal Embrace want to play live again next year, but we don’t know if that’s allowed again.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Oh, I always keep in touch with our fans, that’s no problem, there are a lot of friends. But playing live in front of an audience is the most important thing. But I keep posting old Fatal Embrace pictures. If everything works out, a record may come out this year, maybe. A video is also planned, actually there is a lot to do, let’s see what happens…

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Nobody knows what happens and nobody knows what happened. Is it an experiment, does it come from a laboratory or a bat? Nobody knows the truth from us. Real metal will always be real metal, we’ll see ?

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Everyone suffers from the situation, everyone.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Isolation soundtrack? I’ve been doing what I’ve been doing for about 38 years, listening to METAL, Maiden, Slayer, Venom, Metallica, Kreator, Helloween, Sabbath, AC-DC … etc.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
In Germany I miss democracy based on the rule of law, I miss freedom, humanity and tolerance, Germany was once a beautiful country. Yes, I miss concerts and a lot of buddies.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Yes, we rehearse or work with new musicians, a lot of work. We don’t kiss and we don’t have sex with each other… Haha… We are protected. If someone has Covid 19 symptoms, we’ll burn him… Haha…

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
WE say thank you very much, stay METAL…

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