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Serpentslain: 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. Guitarist of Melodic Black Death Metal band Serpentslain, Paulo Mateljan, takes us on a journey to Zadar, Adriatic Sea, at the best period of the year!

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hey Metal Jacket Magazine! Now we are great, but in the beginning of this COVID mess it was very weird, a lot of media propaganda from East and West, lack of knowledge what will happen etc… And then we postponed our band rehearsals for one month. Now, since there are no corona patients in Zadar region for weeks, things are getting slowly back to normal. People are coming back to work and Serpentslain is back in the garage having rehearsals, you can feel the positive vibe in the air.

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Basically, we only canceled our band rehearsals due to this situation. During this period, we finished with the recording of our self released album “Age of Verdict” and COVID gave to us more free time because some of us stopped working for 2 months. We had in plans when we started recording in winter 2019 our album to have live gigs, but now as we all know things have changed.
Luckily for us we just started playing together again after 10 years break so we didn’t have anything already in the realization process except finishing recording our music.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Now there are no concerts, gigs, there are no tours. Money flow stopped, but luckily there is internet so you can see what is everybody doing and communicate in this weird time. At least people can buy merch and listen to music online. Hopefully governments will tolerate live open air shows in close future.

How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Through our YouTube, Facebook and Soundcloud pages. We give all our music for free.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Hopefully nothing will change, but who knows, nobody has been ever before in the similar situation like this so you don’t know what to expect, you can only hope for the best. We will all know in the close future how this will continue or end.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters?
In music industry everybody who is in it, will suffer consequences like in the hospitality industry and etc. Everybody who is here for money is losing their errands for sure, but we are here not for the money, just for loud distorted pleasure.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
Isolation soundtrack: Mgla, Behemoth, Skyfire, In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, At the Gates, Dark Tranqulitiy , Lamb of God, Slayer.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
We miss concerts, cinema, and similar stuff, but back here in Zadar cafes are open again, people are slowly coming together in small groups outside to hang out, social life is better than in other places in the world. Luckily, there are not so many people here in Croatia.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We didn’t have rehearsals for 40 days and then when COVID outbreak “stopped” here in Zadar, we came back to that small garage and we were out of the shape, you know, like when you stop training. Now, after several rehearsals, we are back on track. Last week our guitarist Daniel had a birthday party, there was a rehearsal, we did a BBQ in front of the garage, a lot wine, beers, having a good time with each other, and then during the day we went inside without any masks and gloves to have a rehearsal. Just like before this weird mess. And we like it that way.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!
Salutes from Serpentslain , check our lyrical video down below. Music video is coming soon. Cheers!

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