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Nether: 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. If you love fast, raw and melodic Black Metal, than Nether is the right choice for you. J, vocalist and bassist speaks in front of the band.

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hey, good thanks for asking. It’s a pretty ruff period for everyone. It’s sometimes strange to be locked inside, to keep more distance from people then you usually do, but in the name of safety we should follow this advice. For the band this lockdown period was also strange, no rehearsals, no gigs, no nothing… Hence, for a few weeks now we are again allowed to play and rehearse. So we did! And are writing and working on some new material. Sounds strange because the debut album, “Between Shades And Shadow”, still have to come out through Art Gates records. 😉

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had no gigs planned until September 2020 (first gig is planned with the great Noctem!) so we only had to cancel the rehearsals. Due to the fact we are a relative new band, we were rehearsing for the shows/tour that are coming after the release of our debut album.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
From a musician point of view this pandemic does influence every band small or big. For the smaller bands, cancelling rehearsals and concerts impacts social contacts, loss of small incomes like no selling of merch, CD’s on venues etc. The bigger bands that rely on those incomes of gigs, merch and stuff, will lose a lot. Also, we can’t forget the people behind those gigs or venues. No shows, no public, no income- that’s a huge impact. Hopefully from small to big, they can start breathing again. In my home country Belgium, a few smaller venues are restarting but due to the strict regulation those events are maximized to 50 or even less, people.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Luckily, social media is a huge help. Through Facebook, messenger, what’s app we stay in contact with lots of bands and fans. Mailing keeps us updated what’s happening on the forefront of the label. Recently we released our lyric video on YouTube, check: “The Hand Of The Unspoken” by Nether. So for everyone who missed this…

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Metal will not change! Nor will black metal or death metal! We, as a band or as an individual, have to be more aware of the strict regulations like social distancing, hand hygiene, mouth masks… I personally think this is important to keep everyone safe. This will have an impact on our behavior while attending gigs and venues but it will have no impact on our “core”, our “deepest dark”!

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I think both party’s will have their issues, problems and struggles. Smaller bands, like us, are probably not capable of doing enough gigs in the upcoming months and as such are not able meeting fan’s and sell merch, CD’s like I said. Luckily, social media will help us out here for a while. Other problems pop-up. Like we are planning to make a video-clip but due to strict regulation’s we will have to be inventive to overcome this. Some video shooting at home, searching other locations that are more or less abandoned… We will get it done.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Arghh, that’s a good one! I’m eagerly awaiting the new Gaerea, “Limbo”. The new tracks “To Ain”, “Null” and “Conspiranoia” are epic! The Polish scene is very interesting, check out a small, new band that is called Brzask. I’m also still digging the latest Mgla, Over The Voids… Oh, do not forget to listen to Impalement, “The Impalement” or the latest release of The Committee “Utopian Desception”. The list is long!

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
At the peak of the pandemic social interaction with fellow band members was the thing I missed the most. That’s the core of being in a band. Talking about new releases, rehearsing and creating new songs, but hence, like I previously mentioned we are restarting!

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
No rehearsing during lockdown, this was prohibited so… only contact through social media, what’s a pity but strictly necessary.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Thanks for your interest in our band – nether. Check out our lyric video “The Hand Of The Unspoken”!

Photo credit: BenThijs.be


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