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Morbid Death: 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. This year, Portuguese veterans Morbid Death are celebrating 30th anniversary! But, considering the current situation, celebration will be postponed. Ricardo Santos (lead vocals/bass guitar) speaks how the virus has changed  his personal and professional plans. 

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi! Thanks for asking and yep, we’re safe and sound! Hope that the same goes with you!

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We cancelled all projects that we wanted to do this year but there’s one that we’re working hard to get it running. It would something very different for us. Actually, it would be something new. Let’s see if soon we can advance what it is.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
All bands have their projects cancelled or postponed just like us and as we released our new album in the beginning of this year, the effect was more stronger. We just wanted to tour this album but now it’s not possible. The better thing for now is finding the best path to continue our work and start composing some new stuff. We’re thinking on the new album.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We just try to keep in touch giving some new info now and then. It’s very important.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I’m really not sure about that but as soon as the first shows would be allowed, I think it could be kind of strange due to the lack of confidence. No one wants to be a Covid victim so that could keep a lot of people away from live shows until it would safe again. It would take time to get back at normal…

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Everyone is part of the “process”, so everyone would suffer with that. Some are already suffering with it, without having any income. Tough period that everyone is passing by…

What is your isolation soundtrack?
We are native to the Portuguese archipelago, Azores. Fortunately and so far, we have not been hit hard by Covid and with the lifting of the confinement measures, we like to spend time outdoors, exploring and valuing all the nature we have here. This is the “soundtrack” that we enjoy at the moment. The sound of nature and freedom!

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I like to travel and I miss it but in a time of a worldwide pandemic crisis, I won’t be doing it again anytime soon because it doesn’t make any sense. I know that the economy has been hit hard but I cannot understand how anyone can catch a plane and go on holidays, putting their lives at risk and also, others. Don’t get it…

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
During quarantine we didn’t have no band rehearsals. Each of us practiced at home, alone.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
In behalf of Morbid Death, I would like to thank Metal Jacket Magazine for this opportunity. For all those that didn’t heard about our newest album yet “Oxygen”, it’s never too late to check it out. Take care and we hope to see you soon at some gig. Long live Heavy Metal!!!

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