COVID-19: Death metal band Omicron won't change its name Omicron - the variant, not the band - was first detected in South Africa but has since been found much further afield, featuring more than 30 mutations, which has experts worried about it being more transmissible.
Image: Omicron, the band, will not change its name.
They say all publicity is good publicity - and Belgian death metal band Omicron will not be changing its name, despite sharing it with the new COVID variant.
But he said they'd decided against it, in the hope that it might lead to more people listening to their music and help vanquish "the bad association with Omicron".
The attention is cool, but we don't want people to think we are using the disease to get our band widely spread.
Mr Delhaute said he thought of the band name five years ago after reading an article about Omicron constellations, describing the concept as "awesome". »