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On Atlas’ Shoulders: Quarantine Story

by Metal Jacket

In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. In one sentence: On Atlas’ Shoulders is German Epic Heavy Metal of the highest order!  Read their Quarantine Story!

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
We are doing well, despite being in more or less constant lockdown in Germany. Thankfully we all have daytime jobs that have been more or less unaffected by the pandemic. On the musical side of things, we have used the time productively and focused on preparing our second full-length release.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had planned – but were unfortunately unable – to tour and support the release of our debut record last summer, which was a big setback for us. However, we didn’t just sit back and let time pass. We have a very high work ethic and so basically just continued to work on new tracks straight away. This has enabled us to write and record our second full-length studio album, “Hyperion”, which in our opinion is an absolute Epic Heavy Metal banger and will be released in late spring 2021! The lockdown has given us time to really hone in on both our songwriting and production.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
For live bands, it has completely impacted every aspect of band life: rehearsing is near impossible during lockdown, and gigs were all cancelled or postponed. We think it is extremely important for bands to continue to stay active in some form, be it songwriting, social media, livestreams or other productive ways.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
We have always tried to produce a steady stream of social media content for our fanbase, and have continued to do so during the pandemic. As we currently cover most things ourselves – songwriting, production, even the artwork – we are able to take our followers along for the entire journey.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
There will be an over-abundance of content, bands releasing new music they wrote while in isolation, gigs that were postponed all being rescheduled and so on. While that will make it more challenging to stand out as a band, we are convinced it will also produce some awesome new music – which is what all this is about! As metal fans, we can’t wait to hear new releases of bands we love. And as a band, we can’t wait to finally hit the stage!

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
While not being able to play live sucks for musicians, we are able to use the time in other productive ways (writing and recording new music, being active on social media, livestreams etc.). Some of the people who are definitely suffering the most, in our opinion, are the roadies, stagehands etc.! Those guys lost most of their income streams, but are absolutely essential for the shows we all love.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Definitely our pandemic-themed track “Biohazard” from our upcoming second studio album!

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Besides our own gigs – going to other bands’ gigs! We are all huge metal fans ourselves and miss that part of the scene. But apart from that, going out to our local metal clubs, karaoke bars, pubs and so on. Simply having a good time.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Unfortunately, mostly no, as that would violate our (current) local lockdown rules. But as we have been focusing on writing and recording, that has not been a huge issue. We have a very efficient workstream, are all able to record from home and connect digitally. Nonetheless we hope to be able to rehearse regularly again soon – as we want to hit the stage asap to support “Hyperion”, which will be released in late spring.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
You too – stay strong and rock on!

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