In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. Black Death Metal project from Tuscon King Ov Wyrms will release debut album “Lord Ov Thornes” on November 20th. So, it is the right time to talk to them in Corona Corner.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
I’ve been doing well, very busy with lots of work still which is, fortunately, keeping me sane through this hectic time.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Quite a bit of bigger plans for 2020 unfortunately but it has opened the door for other possibilities in some perspective. This year I was in the process of scheduling some touring dates with my main band Pain Patterns however with the restrictions of live shows and travel throughout the states that plan had to come to a stop. The fortunate side of things is due to the availability of an open schedule from touring I was able to shift focus back into the recording and writing processes, thus giving me the opportunity to finally release “Lord Ov Thornes” for King Ov Wyrms and continue writing for a new Pain Patterns album.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
I feel like this pandemic has severely effected a lot of musicians negatively, so many great tours and plans have been canceled due to restrictions and health safety which is extremely unfortunate. Through all of the negativity, many musicians and artists are finding some very creative ways to persevere like streamed live shows, streamed practices, twitch streaming artists, and further investing our time into more new recorded materials which are great.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
At this time I don’t feel like I have the capabilities to do any respectively good streaming shows with either King Ov Wyrms or Pain Patterns, which is kind of why I’m trying to focus on my recording projects. This year I did make it a personal goal to finish my incomplete projects which the album “Lord Ov Thornes” was the biggest priority, Pain Patterns follow up to The Dawn Collective has been well underway, and I have been working on a symphonic black metal project that still needs quite a bit of work so no real announcements on that currently. So do expect to see some new material drop for both King and Pain in the upcoming months.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I feel like Metal itself will emerge from this quarantine even stronger than before, so many die-hard fans and hungry bands have been held back from the stage that I know once it opens up the waves of metalheads will come rushing at the opportunity to mosh out and enjoy themselves.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
I think the promoters and venue owners are the ones really suffering out of all of us, the musicians and bands still have the opportunity to create new merch and materials to push and sell but the promoters that have been helping bands tour haven’t been able to really push too much from what I imagine unless they have shifted that focus elsewhere. I have seen here in Arizona a lot of our popular venues are having a hard time trying to keep their doors open with the inability to host shows and I can’t honestly think of many ways they can try to cope with it all.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Lately its been quite a steady mix of Black Metal and Death Metal, a lot of Abigail Williams, Anaal Nathrakh, Ihsahn, Dark Fortress, Immolation, Wormwitch just to name a few.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
I haven’t been too fortunate to be granted much time away from my day job, being under that umbrella of “essential workers” I’ve been consistently working twice the amount as I normally would. This has unfortunately kept me away from my family and closest friends, at the end of all of this pandemic having that time to be home with everyone will mean that much more to me.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
I haven’t been able to really do much group rehearsals lately with current restrictions. Pain Patterns has been able to get together to some small degree, either just myself and Jaime on drums or myself and Jesse working on his vocal lines. The time away from everyone has kind of made it easier to finish up “Lord Ov Thornes” on my own but I’m still aching for a full band rehearsal.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!