The effect that COVID-19 has had on Italy has been devastating. The European country has faced the brunt of the pandemic, with roughly 25,000 confirmed cases and over 1,800 deaths thus far. Last week, in an attempt to tackle the spread of contagions the country, Italy went into total lockdown.
With the entire country essentially under house arrest, many Italians have turned to music to keep spirits high. Social media feeds have filled with heartwarming videos of citizens breaking out in song from their self-isolation rooftops and balconies.
A video has surfaced of one metal guitarist with a taste for meaty Slayer riffs. In a video posted to Facebook, guitarist Enrico Monti — of Italian death metal band Skulld, took to his balcony in Bertinoro to serenade neighbours with a rendition of Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood’. Check it out below.
Andrà tutto male. Ma il chiosco dell'Ines ha mantenuto il servizio a domicilio e allora le ho voluto fare un serenata d'amore per ringraziarla.#bertinoro #romagna #coronavirus #ines #piadina #slayer #metal #frikkettonidimerda
Posted by Enrico Monti on Friday, 13 March 2020
Earlier this month, Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil were forced to cancel their scheduled appearance at Download Festival Australia in response to COVID-19.
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“Our home region of Lombardia, Italy, is in the midst of a Coronavirus outbreak. While cancelling is heartbreaking for us, everyone’s health and safety must come first and this includes our fans,” the band shared in a statement. “We’re confident this emergency will soon be contained and we can get back on the road to you. Thank you for your understanding and stay safe.”