In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. On May 21st, 2021, Illusory will release “Crimson Wreath”. Hailing from Greece, guitarist George Papantonis announces the album and talks about his pandemic experience.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
It is a unique situation for the entire world. So, it affected us as well. During the lockdowns, we mainly work on our music from home. The positive thing from all this is that we can practice all our songs at home and be ready for the rehearsals at the end of the lockdown. Another good thing is that we also write new material for a future release.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Fortunately, we hadn’t have plans for gigs during that period. The strangest thing that happened was that we had to mix the album via the internet due to last year’s lockdown. The only thing that was postponed was the release date of “Crimson Wreath”. We planned to release it last year, as it was completed by May 2020, but due to the coronavirus outbreak, we decided to push it back.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
It is tough for the bands and the artists. Tours and gigs were cancelled or postponed. A lot of bands did lockdown sessions, performing. Every member from his home. Some bands did on-line gigs, which is a thing that we find ok, but it is not the same as when you perform in a venue with people. Mainly, arts were struck hard by the pandemic.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We try to be in touch through our website and our social media pages. We post music stuff as a band and each member respectively.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal will come back quite quickly. This has happened before, for other reasons, but metal never dies, as the late Ronnie James Dio sang.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…?
All of them suffer because of the pandemic. I think that the biggest problem is for the musicians and then come organizers and promoters.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Very good question! The answer is quite easy. It is our forthcoming album, “Crimson Wreath”, which will be released on May 21, 2021, by Rockshots Records.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Going out with close friends for dinner or to a bar is what I really miss the most.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
During the lockdowns, we haven’t rehearsed at all. But from May 2020 until October 2020, things were better in Greece and we were able to rehearse a lot. We also had the opportunity to shoot a couple of videos for the album. The first one was released on February 12, 2021. It is our first single, entitled “Besetting Sins”. Mostly the rehearsals were like in the past, but with more distancing from one another. During last October, it was more serious; due to that we had to wear masks everywhere in Greece and that was a bit difficult for all of us.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thank you very much! Stay safe and Shine On!