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Times are confusing if you’re a death metal band called Omicron

If you want a cool name for your metal band, a good place for inspiration is the culture of Greece, Ancient mythology has been mined many times (Kronos/Cronos, variations on Prometheus, Aphrodite, etc.) Or you could just go through the Greek alphabet for something that sounds cool. Like, say, the fifteenth letter, omicron. That’s what a Belgian death metal band did. And all was good until Omicron (the band) ran into omicron (the most recent variant of SARS-CoV, our spikey friend, COVID.)

The band would like everyone to know that their name does NOT have anything to do with the current pandemic. Instead, it was the space-obsessed guitarist who is fascinated by the possibility of a Dyson sphere in the Omicron Cygni constellation.

They’re not going to change their name for anyone or any virus, either. Who knows? Maybe more people will learn about their music this way. (Via Jen)

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2 thoughts on “Times are confusing if you’re a death metal band called Omicron

  • Reminds me of the now-defunct prog-metal band ISIS, who suddenly had a very unfortunate name right near the peak of their career.

  • I was about to say the same thing lol


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