Omicron, the Belgian death metal band, isn't exactly stoked about Omicron, the new COVID variant. The band recently spoke to Vice about the new variant name, saying they did it first and they're absolutely not changing their band name. They also explained that their name deals with aliens and outer space.
"Our guitarist Philippe has an unhealthy obsession with aliens and all the interstellar obscurity that comes with it. He came up with our name because he was inspired by the Dyson sphere that had been found in the Omicron Cygni constellation. And he's never been probed, as far as he knows."
Omicron, the band, is also hopeful that maybe the situation will help them gain more fans.
"We were a bit anxious that our name might get a negative connotation. But we also felt it might give us the exposure much needed for bands [starting out] in a world overcrowded with musicians trying to leave their mark upon the industry."