In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Today, legendary US Death Metal band, Incantation releases new album “Sect of Vile Divinities” via Relapse Records. We thought it would be nice if Chuck Sherwood, bass guitar player since 2008, will speak in our Corona Corner as a part of promotional activity.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Productive to say the least. Nearly 5 video and audio sessions. A couple actual physical practices (very fortunate to have pulled that off considering the state of traveling these days). Without the distractions of extensive tour schedules we have been able to create and write with a feverish pace. Well on our way to a future album with around 10 songs in their skeletal form.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Nearly all band functions have been cancelled, which is the same for everyone these days. Bummer, but out of our control… We wait like the rest for the “flood gates” to open.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
Financially and mentally for now… later it will be saturated with material and double bookings. We’ll feel the ripple effect of this for some time to come I fear.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Since we’re all home bound we have been utilizing more online content. Lucky that our slated release for “Sect of Vile Divinities” was finalized just as this broke out. Good timing in a way to allow supporters to enjoy it from their homes while live shows and new albums are at an all time low now.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
As stated above. I believe it’ll be over saturated, while everyone during this time has been writing it will sure enough surface in a huge amount once the world gets up and running again. Likewise for shows, booking issues will be wild till everyone gets their own time deferred or renewed. Festivals, tours, even small clubs will suffer from it.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
Impossible to say… all of us in some way will suffer from this.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Right now it’s audio books. Lovecraft and Suetonius
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
Horror movie conventions, to be sure.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We’ve had a few, since we squeeze all we can out of the short time we have together it becomes a flurry of ideas and creativity. Also can be nerve wracking acknowledging the time limits to make edits and prefect performance issues.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!