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Italicus Carnifex: 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. Bolognese (not spaghetti, but the band) Italicus Carnifex speaks for Metal Jacket Magazine today!

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hello there. Luckily we’re all safe and sound and ready to go for more action when the outbreak will be over.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We were working on a big number of songs before the covid. Most of em were almost ready to be played live and even recorded. We’re also trying our new explosive line up since we had to replace a pair of members of the band in the very few months before the outbreak and we found ourselves stuck just when we were almost ready to present it in a gig. That’s very frustrating because when you work hard to reach an objective and you see the potential it’s an urge to show the results to your fans and mostly to yourself.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Well, the first and obvious consequence is the limitation to rehearsals and every kind of live event you could/would be able to participate or even organize. We heard a lot of bands too scared by the covid to come back in action so far. As for us we kept practicing and we hope to show you all something amazing as soon as possible!

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We published our first album right in the middle of the outbreak, the 10th of April. It is the result of years of composition and we planned it’s release way before the pandemic outbreak. We planned a lot of gigs to promote it. We had to face the covid right after the releaseof our first lyric song “Incide your mind” which is the title track of the album. We decided though to keep going with the release of the entire album also if we realized that we wouldn’t have the opportunity to present it in live gigs because we think that people and projects like us, our band, working in the underground, is the real soul of what remains of the pure hard old school metal. We had to promote it via internet and social networks to encourage people to don’t give up and don’t be a quitter.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal is something that comes in handy when people are passing through bad times. We’re all listening and doing metal because we had bad times and this will be a black hole time. We feel that this outbreak will leave many people with less than the few they already had in this “age of gold and oil”. Metal is a positive and genuine way for letting out all the bad feelings and rage which are a natural consequence of living under the expectations of anyone. Desperate people learn to despise and metal is something that let you despise everything without really hurting anyone. Physically at least…

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
We’re deep in underground music scene of Italian music and we had the chance to confront our impressions with a lot of people involved in the music industry. Starting from people who directly work in this sector like sound technicians to rehearsal room owners to labels and agents to underground bands it selves like we are, what emerges is a tragic situation. It’s like someone starving watching the clock hoping the lunch time will come everyday for days and months and this is horrific since very little happens after weeks and months.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
We are listening our own songs over and over again. Then, Slayer, Children of Bodom, Dark Tranquility, Blood For Blood, Toxic Ephex….

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Going to the pub all together, the barbecues with friends. A dinner at the restaurant or simply the freedom of going to the cinema. Fresh beer spilled by the spine.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We hadn’t any rehearsal from February to June. The first time was just a few days ago and we were more than rusty. However our new line up is solid and we all did our homework during the quarantine so after a couple of songs we felt the power of our music roaring strong and violent as usually.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thanks for the opportunity to let the people know about us! Thanks to all our friends and fans! And remember to follow us on our socials and listen over and over again to our songs!

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