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 Cloak’s Scott Taysom (vocals/guitar) as he’s been keeping himself busy by writing new music, staying fit, and remaining focused.
What have you been doing to pass time during Quarantine?
I don’t get bored too easily. So far I’ve been focusing on working out and writing a new album. I’ve also started working on a side solo project but it’s in the very early stages. As far as writing and making demos for Cloak, the ideas have been flowing non stop. I’m really excited about where the new material is going. It’s pretty different.
Have you been listening to any music or have any playlists worth checking out?
For the past six months or so I’ve been revisiting the early material of the 2nd wave black metal bands that initially got me into the genre many years ago. I think my understanding and appreciation for this style has grown more than ever the older I get. It really was a magical time for black metal and metal music in general, and it’s certainly not for everyone. The first two Gorgoroth albums, Satyricon’s debut, early Burzum, and some Emperor are all unmatched. As far as more current bands, Whoredom Rife and The True Werwolf have been on heavy rotation.
A lot of people have been spending this time cooking including making their own bread, what food have you been prepping during this time?
Mostly food that is going to benefit my workouts. Heavy protein and adequate carb meals like chicken, rice and veggies. Boring but important.
In terms of entertainment, what movies, TV shows, books, or games have been keeping you busy?
I’m a true crime and documentary buff, which probably is an extension of my love for horror movies. There’s a lot of good documentaries on most streaming services about these subjects. “I Love You, Now Die” was a solid one I watched last night. Being from Atlanta, the new HBO doc about the Atlanta missing children case from the 80’s has been somewhat interesting to watch.
What advice do you have for your fans in isolation during this time?
Don’t get lazy or give up on your goals. It’s easy to play victim when obstacles arise but this is life, and much worse things have happened in the past that people have had to get through. I think this situation will shape the way the world thinks for a long time, which is a good thing to me. We tend to get comfortable and arrogant as humans, but this is living proof that in the end we are not in charge.