Metal Inside(r) Home Quarantine is Metal Insider’s new column during this time of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We asked artists five questions on what’s been keeping them busy ranging from their favorite movies, food they’ve been eating, music they’ve been listening to and more. We caught up with Damian B (Khost/Trial) as he’s been spending this time working on new music.
What have you been doing to pass time during Quarantine?
Have been writing for TRIAL, the first ep ‘1’ is out, we still have some of the physical CD left. I contributed to an hour-long mix for KHOST, and writing new material. The same for my carthage project which has been going since late 90s. I love my old 4 track. It started on that and just organically progressed. I am doing a mix for that too and news on carthage later this year. Compiling Deathless material for a release. I did this band with David Quinn from the late 80s. Working on a Khost compilation for Still Heat. I learn a few languages every day and skate when I can: I know a secluded ramp. Looking after the nearest and dearest. I love the pre-dawn hours.
Have you been listening to any music or have any playlists worth checking out?
Nico: The End
Neil Diamond: Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Julia Holter: Tragedy
Will Haven: Open The Mind To Discomfort
Hum: Downward Is heavenward
Ratt: Invasion of Your Privacy
Texas Is The Reason: Do You Know Who You Are
Gore: The Cruel Peace/Wrede
Calibre: Planet Hearth
Calibre: The ‘Monday Is Okay’ Mix
Kreator: Phantom Antichrist
Crimson Glory: ST
Jerky Boys 1-2 tape
Emma Ruth Rundle: Some Heavy Ocean
Modern Life Is War: Midnight In America
Title Fight: Shed
‘sabella: Never Home
His name Is Alive: Home Is In Your Head
William Basinski – Disintegration Loops 6
Daniel Striped Tiger: No Difference
Cielo: Volume 2
Hawthonn: I Want Tomorrow-Circles of Light
City Of Caterpillar: S/T
Gentle Giant: Acquiring The Taste
Coroner: No More Colour
Lou Reed: Transformer
Come: Eleven Eleven
Kublai Khan: Nomad
Sinoia Caves: ‘Beyond The Black Rainbow – OST’
Helmet live mid 90s, soundboard tape.
Touché Amoré: Stage Four
Scorpions: Taken By Force
Mark Of Cain: Battlesick
Lou Reed: Rock & Roll Animal
Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Live Rust
Joe Walsh: So What
Prong: Rude Awakening
Enzyme: Abuse Of Power
Unwound: Leaves Turn Inside You
all early Scott Walker (67, early 70s), all 70s Eno, Manzanera, 801.
A lot of people have been spending this time cooking including making their own bread, what food have you been prepping during this time?
I really have a food aversion: I hate waste and hate thinking about food and the resources that drain the planet feeding entitled humans who place ideals over reality.The ideal of the food on a plate – and it could be some jpeg on a site/phone – causes them to get fat, and could be definitely argued, causes pandemics. I don’t understand restaurants either: who can eat socially except some freak that likes to watch people chew/ingest food. Go to a zoo or some niche club where you book discreetly online. Read ‘Down and Out In Paris and London’.
In terms of entertainment, what movies, TV shows, books, or games have been keeping you busy?
Dekalog, Magnum Force, The Kids Are Alright (the Who), Midnight Cowboy, Two Lane Blacktop, Starman, Ali: Fear Eats The Soul, On Golden Pond, Mephisto, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris, The King of Comedy, Blair Witch (2016), The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant Reading ‘Three Poets of the First World War; Ivor Gurney, Isaac Rosenberg, Wilfred Owen’ amongst others.
What advice do you have for your fans in isolation during this time?
Learn from the silence of lockdown and how the other species on the planet were given a reprieve from the exhaust fumes and needless emissions from the glassy-eyed 9-5-ers who – as Jello knew, want convenience over everything. The greedy straight people, the consumer hordes, fleas and ticks. Fuck them: they will kill this planet if they are allowed to.Form a band to explicitly say ‘fuck. you.’