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Without Mercy: 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. Death Metal band from Abbotsford, B.C. – Canada, Without Mercy, without hesitations speak their story…

Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi back! Haha…  I’m doing well during this outbreak. Trying my best to take it one day at a time and stay focused and connected on my loved ones and friends. Hope you’re well also!

What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
We had a few pending concerts and tours that were set with tentative dates in mind so they naturally had to be cancelled. There was some personal travel that each member of the band had planned but all in all… We got away without needing to cancel too much.

How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
I think the obvious take away is the decimation of the live music circuit. There are so many musicians that make their living from the live aspect and without those opportunities, the income options are few and far between. The real impact has been in support and set up staff. The road crews and the drivers and even caterers are being decimated and that has to hit pretty damn hard. Now we’re seeing the fallout hit live venues who are unable to reopen under any decent circumstance and that has to be killing so many people and their careers.  It really has shown us just how interconnected we are to each other. Its beauty and horror all at the same time.

What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
Personally, I’ve noticed the massive insurgence of new material. The one positive takeaway has been the massive amounts of free time for artists to write and produce new material. The isolation time has brought the death of touring but the life of ample writing time which would have been otherwise difficult during album cycles. As we re-emerge from this isolation, I think we’ll see an abundance of new material, new performers and rested dynasties.

Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
It’s very difficult to say… But mostly I hope we can help each other get back to some sense of normality. We can all do our part once its at all safe to do so. Not to be cliche or cheesy but if we all work together it will be possible to bring this all back to a better sense of solidarity and health.

What is your isolation soundtrack?
I’ve been rocking a lot of classical music these days. There’s plenty of work to be done while I run my music academy, so the music helps keep me focused and motivated.  However, I can’t get enough of that new Petrucci record… Damn!  Other classics have been:  “Death Atlas” by Cattle Decapitation, “The Valley” by Whitechapel.

Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
It may sound cheesy but, the people. We got to know so many of our fans each and every time we traveled and they became a family to us. We would often take time to just meet up and chat over beers and whatnot. It was always a family reunion feel to have them come out and see us. That has to be the most important part for us when getting back to things. That’s the real important aspect of this lifestyle without any doubt.

Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
We continue to have rehearsals but we’ve made some small steps at being safer. Things like greater distance between us while we play, and even wearing masks at times. The main thing for us has always been to remain focused on the prize in front of us.  The goal ahead and not getting bogged down by too much or allow the tentacles of this pandemic to slow us down.

Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!


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