Tag Archives: COVID

All-Star Quintet IMONOLITH Announces Weekly Quarantine Sessions with Tracks Off New Album

All-star modern metal band IMONOLITH released their highly anticipated debut album, State of Being, this past March. Like many bands in the music industry, they have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and were forced to cancel their European tour dates in March and April. 

(Burning Hot Events earns from qualifying purchases.)

While the guys have isolated themselves at home, they’re still in daily contact with each other, keeping their creative juices flowing. Even though they are separated across the globe from each other, the members of IMONOLITH have been able to put together something special for fans entitled “The Quarantine Sessions.”

Drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen explains in further detail: “It’s tough times for everyone world-wide with COVID-19. The music industry and bands world-wide have literally been shut down from touring, from doing press tours and anything to do with public appearances. The one thing COVID-19 has not disrupted is the Internet and Social Media. Many bands are getting creative and doing live stream concerts and more…

IMONOLITH has come up with the ‘Quarantine Sessions’ for our supporters in correlation with our debut album release ‘State of Being,’ which came out on March 27th, 2020. What are the ‘Quarantine Sessions?’ They are videos released on our YouTube page, each Monday at 8 a.m. PST, of the full band playing through a song on our debut album. We will be releasing a new song every Monday until we have finished all 10 songs on our album. Then on every Tuesday, at 9 a.m. PST we will be doing a ‘Quarantine Session Live Feed’ on our Instagram page to talk about the song we released on Monday. We’ll go into many behind-the-scenes specifics about each song we release and do a live Q&A with you all. Let’s hang, have some fun and catch up, while self-isolating at home during these challenging times! 

This is our Quarantine offering to our loyal and new supporters to show how we play our material and to be able to chat with you all, albeit in Quarantine from our homes. This is Self Isolation at it’s finest while helping flatten the curve of COVID-19. Finding the positive in the negative 😉 

Tune in on Mondays for our new video and see you on Tuesdays for our live feed discussion. Be safe out there!”

Check out the first episode, “Becoming the Enemy,” here or below:

Follow IMONOLITH‘s Videos

YouTube | Instagram

IMONOLITH features drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen (Devin Townsend Project), guitarist Brian ‘Beav’ Wadell (Devin Townsend Project), Jon Howard (Threat Signal), guitarist Kai Huppunen (Methods of MayhemNoise Therapy) and Scott Whalen (Econoline Crush). The collective of heavy-hitting players is at the top of their game recently releasing their debut album, State of Being, on March 27. The album features special guest appearances from Jens Kidman (Meshuggah) and famed Swedish vocalist Johannes Eckerström and is made up of 10 hook-laden, riff-heavy tracks that center around the theme of how people deal with various stages of life.

The album has already seen the release of four singles and videos – “Hollow,” the 2019 debut single that made big waves, racking up 216K Spotify streams, “Instinct,” “Dig,” and the most recent single, “Becoming The Enemy.” With the release of these singles, IMONOLITH has already received worldwide praise that has garnered them a massive number of streams and attention from the media and fans alike. 

Check out the videos here:

Hollow | Instinct | Dig | Becoming the Enemy

State of Being is available in exclusive vinyl and CD formats at www.ImonolithBand.com, or you can stream the album at the service of your choice here: https://lnk.to/stateofbeing.

IMONOLITH Online

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

COVID Compilation – Musical Gallows Humor To Get Us By During Lockdown

During the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, some artists have taken advantage of the opportunity help us cope through music featuring grim and ironic humor in this dire situation. We’ve curated a list of music videos, memes, tweets, and a Spotify playlist for your enjoyment while you’re stuck at home. (We appreciate your patience while the page loads – it is full of content to entertain you!)

EXPLICIT LANGUAGE WARNING: Some of this content contains swears.

“One Week of COVID-19”

Beginning on a light note, we are sharing a parody of “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies, performed by Pepper Coyote and titled “One Week of COVID-19”. Originally written by Dana Jay Bein (aka @daniAWESOME), some of you might recognize a reference to a rather unique anime that you explored on Netflix while shut in. #NoSpoilers:

“Coronavirus Rhapsody”

One of the first we saw hit the internet was “Coronavirus Rhapsody”, and while there are multiple coronavirus parodies born from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, we chose to share the version performed by Adrian Grimes, with lyrics by Dana Jay Bein:

You can see the same version being performed by the Phoenix Chamber Choir here.

Same have criticized the parody as being insensitive. Grimes addressed those opinions in his video description:

“I’ve had a few comments suggesting that this is ‘insensitive’. I want to emphasize that I know where these people are coming from. My wife works in healthcare and I have two young kids; I know very well how this virus could impact my family. Every day that my wife goes to work, I hope it is another “bonus” day we get together before the wave hits and I don’t have to quarantine her and stop our children from hugging her. However, I hope that even in those circumstances, should they occur, I will still be able to maintain a sense of humor, and a lot of comments from people already affected by coronavirus have told me how much they appreciate this. I thank you for your understanding in these unprecedented times.”

“Coronan Rhampsody”

Maestro Ziikos took a bit of a different approach with his own compilation of manipulated clips of President Trump to form the “Coronan Rhampsody”:

“Quarantine Song”

This type of political music video is was Ziikos is all about, as evidenced by his YouTube channel and Spotify. He is also responsible for the “Quarantine Song”, a parody of Bruno Mars‘ “The Lazy Song”:


Chris Mann, a second season contestant on NBC’s The Voice has made a bundle of pandemic-themed music videos, and doesn’t seem to plan on stopping. Here are a few of them:

“My Corona”

“Stay At Home”

For the third video of his that we are sharing, rather than comedy, Mann opted for an emotional parody of Alanis Morrissette’s “Thank U” to express appreciation for those on the frontline: Doctors, nurses, scientists, pharmacists, the postal service, grocery clerks, and more:

“Thank U Frontline”

See more of Mann’s COVID-related videos on his YouTube channel.

However, if death metal is more of your jam, we have “Coronaviscerated” by Vermicide Violence for you:

“Coronaviscerated”

“COVID 19”

Born from a choir rehearsal cancellation, Sam Chaplin offers a more stripped-down parody with simply “COVID 19” performed at his piano. This parody is derived form “Come on Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners:

It is truly amazing that musicians and artists can rise up and create this entertainment for us during an otherwise downright scary time with an ambiguous future ahead. Please seek out ways to support these artists while they are supporting us. Many of the videos have song purchasing links in their descriptions! You can support Burning Hot Events’ hard work by pledging to our Patreon.

There are countless more music videos on YouTube about COVID-19, the pandemic, quarantine, the lockdown, and the absurd ways some people have chosen to handle the situation. Unfortunately there are too many to display in one article, but you can go down the rabbit hole to your heart’s content on YouTube. See More Here

Loads of musicians are adapting by doing live streams, and Burning Hot Events frequently shares posts to let you know about them on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts!

Back to Top

COVID-19 Music Memes & Tweets

Not only has the internet has made so many songs and music videos easily distributable and accessible, but also an endless supply of relevant music related memes & tweets. Here are some that we gathered:

Back to Top

COVID Apocalypse

A Spotify playlist curated by Katherine Amy Vega
(Owner, Manager, Senior Concert Photographer of Burning Hot Events)
Featuring carefully crafted transitions and juxtapositions between themes and genres, and an eclectic array of artists:

“A journey of navigating the pandemic. Themes of illness, depression, dissociation, death, angst, illness, disgust, rage, ignorance, propaganda, conspiracy, anarchy, war, disaster, revolt, isolation, self-medication (addiction), slavery, incarceration, religion, despair, hope, perseverance, rising up” Open in Spotify


“Now is a crucial time for the arts. I’m watching values shift.”
— Katherine Amy Vega

Back to Top