Rock/Metal Musicians React To The Murder Of George Floyd

As the U.S. continues to be rocked by the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, MN, a number of musicians have taken to social media to speak up about the tragedy and the ongoing riots related to it. You can find some posts from various artists below:

Ice-T (Body Count):

Amy Lee (Evanescence):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God):

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“We’re Hurting” 5.29.2020 Richmond, VA. LET ME MAKE THIS VERY CLEAR: as a peace loving man who has seen & very regrettably been involved in violence myself in the past, I CANNOT CONDONE VIOLENCE- it only hurts us in the long run. BUT… I can UNDERSTAND it. Last night, I went out to document a protest in Richmond, VA, walking for a couple of hours with the people, shooting photos & trying to capture this moment in history- this is what I do as a photographer, in times good & bad. It was peaceful for the most part while I was there, but very shortly after I left, it kicked off & the rioting/violence started. There were a few cop cars & a city bus put to the torch, windows smashed (including small businesses, a few of which were black-owned- how does this help? It DOESN’T), & lots of spray paint. Tear gas/flash bangs were deployed. There were reports of gunshots (from the crowd, not the cops), but thank God no one died last night. And although I have had my problems with police before, I cannot just hate all cops- I know some good ones who do their best to serve & protect. But I also have NEVER had to worry that a cop might kill me because of the color of my skin. The violence you are seeing is the result of years & years of bottled up pain & fear, the only voice left when peaceful means don’t seem to be working. I texted a musician friend in LA last night who is a black man- I asked him how he & his family were. “We're okay. We're hurting. We're angry. But we’re okay.” The two words that stood out the most to me: WE’RE HURTING. When people hurt bad enough, for long enough, they lash out. So instead of just being another voice screaming “Racism is bad!” I want to ask you ALL: please think about a time you were hurt & scared- how did you react? I know that I myself have reacted VERY BADLY before when I was hurt & scared. All I really wanted was for someone to HEAR ME, to LISTEN, to CARE, to try to UNDERSTAND ME, to RECOGNIZE MY PAIN. There are A LOT of people who are very hurt & scared right now, & they have had ENOUGH. Things have to CHANGE, or the violence will continue. I will be staying in tonight- if you are going out, please- be peaceful. My heart hurts… 😞

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage):

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Gathering my thoughts, my anger, my frustration and my warrior sense about what’s been going on in this country. It’s bigger than recent events it runs DEEP in our history! My heart is heavy, my soul is burdened but my determination to help and try to understand the big picture of the division we all are pushed into daily is strong. Yet another life taken and paraded on social media and the repercussions unfold. Is anger enough? What more can be done aside from post about it, write songs about it, live in fierce opposition to the persistent divide created because of it. I humbly ask what can be done? It’s not just the murder of George Floyd it’s the countless others that have died in a similar manner and many thousands that have died and never received media coverage. Our so called creed in this country a country that clams “liberty and justice for ALL” is under fire. How do you not react in anger in disgust and frustration?! I am “just a musician” and not a “political figure” but we are taking about HUMAN LIFE being taken. How do we NOT speak out against this wrong! It’s not about politics and I’m sick to my stomach seeing any one argue that point in any way! STOP using Black folks being murdered as an agenda to push politics!!! No, not all police are awful and murderous. In fact I know officers that are good people with the desire to actually serve and protect! So if you are one of those Good Cops use your voice now to show solidarity with citizens who are the victims of abuses of power! Just like me a white male is showing my solidarity to a people who have deep history and deep roots in the building and creating of the foundations and culture of this country. We need more unity and coming together to speak out and fight against WRONG! There is NO defending what continues to happen NONE. When heavily armed white skinned people can parade around in front of officers unharmed and unchecked and unarmed black folks are executed for the camera it sends a MESSAGE! Put aside ANY stupid political speculation about what is happening and lead with your mind. This should serve to UNITE us for the common good of us all NOT DIVIDE!

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Lzzy Hale (Halestorm):

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The fact that it took this long, and people had to resort to protesting and rioting in order to get some semblance of justice… is disgusting. It is the year 2020. We have to change as a human race. We need new leadership that will encourage and inspire unity and equality instead of division and violence. We as individuals need to practice kindness and love, not selfishness and hate. We are all living on this globe together. Treat others as you’d want to be treated and help where you can instead of hurt. And if you get your panties in a twist over the notion of LOVING ONE ANOTHER…then YOU are part of the problem. Let’s draw a hard line NOW! Out with the old dinosaur mentalities, and let’s start brand new, with new eyes to view the world as John Lennon imagined it. “Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace, you You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one”

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Korn:

Green Day:

Black Veil Brides:

We Came As Romans:

Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria):

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Fever 333:

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On May 25 2020 an unarmed and non threatening black citizen named George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis Police. George Floyd was suffocated on video which has shown not only his compliance with the orders of the murdering officer(s), but his vocal indication to them that the knee in his neck was restricting his breathing and that he was being asphyxiated. These officers chose not to listen and George Floyd suffocated on that street in front of horrified bystanders and then in front of the world. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The murderers names are Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane. They must be held accountable for what they have done. Make no mistake, this was murder. Despite how you feel about authority, current structures or our music, this tragedy can be seen as nothing other than that- murder.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Statistics continue to irrefutably reveal the disproportionate utilization of excessive force against people of color in this country. This video of George Floyd is yet another piece of undeniable evidence that should not be viewed as anything other than a disgustingly unnecessary and wrongful murder of another black man by the hands of those sworn to protect them and a system that emboldens the perpetrators to break the laws they made. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ There is no way anyone watching this should be okay with this the same way you should have never been okay with the countless cases before it. The time is now. We must demand more from our government, our community, and ourselves. Justice must be reshaped in America. These officers must be held accountable for their despicable actions. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ No more excuses. ⁣⁣ We must refuse this. ⁣⁣ Silence is useless.⁣⁣ Long live the innocent.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ REST IN POWER⁣⁣ GEORGE FLOYD⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #JUSTICEFORGEORGEFLOYD

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Power Trip:

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DON’T. MESS. WITH. THE. HORNET’S. NEST.

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Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In):

Circa Survive:

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We have 3 more days of raising funds through Limited Run’s generous 100% to artists deal. • We will be donating 100% of what we raise(d) from our documentary ‘Travel Hymn’ to @naacp & @mnfreedomfund . •‬ ‪Our hearts are repeatedly broken by our inability to properly apologize for, heal, & amend inequality, murderous abuse & injustices as a nation. • We stand in solidarity‬ with the protestors across the country and all communities of color in demanding accountability, long lasting progressive change from our governments & all of its acting forces. What you are seeing right now is an accumulation of violent oppression & unanswered calls to action.‬ • This system works for so few & fails for too many. It should be obvious to anyone paying attention right now that this is not sustainable. We now have to righteously step into our responsibility as human beings & help one another to our best ability. • This is not a political post‬. Like all things related to art, it is deeply personal. Hopefully that makes sense to you. All calls over the years to “stick to music, leave out the politics” have always been non applicable to us because we are not a band about politics we are a band about people. We always will be.‬ (Link in bio. Obviously just donate directly to these causes now if you don’t care about the film!)

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Brian Fair (Shadows Fall):

Alexis Mincolla (3TEETH):

Venom Prison:

UPDATE: Here’s some more posts:

Senses Fail:

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour):

Jay Weinberg (Slipknot):

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Black lives matter. Systemic racism exists. White privilege is real. I’m heartbroken to, yet again, witness the oppression and bigotry that Black people in America have consistently endured for centuries — at the hands of a system that’s broken to its very core. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s time to speak up against police brutality and the perpetrators of systemic racism, and to become an ally to those who do not experience the same freedoms that we who share in our white privilege do. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m hopeful that we can use our voices to enact real change. That we can contribute our time, energy, donations, and compassion to fighting for real equality, freedom, and togetherness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Educate yourself. Vote. Use your voice. I will.

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Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies):

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I was already upset watching #ahmausarbery being shot. Then watching the #georgefloyd video both gutted and enraged me to the point that it’s all I can think about. If you were unaffected by the video of the life leaving George’s face, there’s something wrong with you. After forty odd years of my life, I think things have actually gotten worse. If you don’t know, I am biracial. Growing up I experienced a great deal of racism. I watched my dad being racially profiled. Just two years ago I was racially profiled while on tour when two aggressive cops came to my hotel room because a front desk clerk told them a strange looking black woman with purple dreads seemed suspicious and must be a hooker. I don’t need sympathy for this…my point is that If someone that looks like me can be racially profiled so easily, imagine what black people go through on a daily basis and try to understand why there’s so much anger. It’s every dirty look, every “nigger” mumbled in their direction, every false accusation, every unwarranted pull over, all these videos of our brothers and sisters being murdered in cold blood building up to a boiling point. I heard someone say that these riots and protests are a public mourning. It gives me a little hope seeing so many different kinds of people mourning and protesting TOGETHER. THAT’S beautiful. The Looting on the other hand, makes me sick to my stomach. If you’re participating in that, you are an opportunist. A man died for that Louis Vuitton bag and those Nike shoes you just stole. You don’t give a shit about George. And maybe those big businesses can recover…but some small businesses that barely survived coronavirus definitely won’t survive being vandalized and looted now. Man, free stuff is cool but you know what’s cooler? Using this horrible incident to make an actual difference in your community. @miiabenante and I have been talking about this all week, and she asked me why these pissed off people can’t go to school to be lawyers or officers and make difference and I thought that was a pretty great idea 🙂 be safe. Love you all.

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Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy):

Ash Costello (New Years Day):

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I stand with my brothers and sisters. I am angry and hurting for you, but I want to continue to spread the message of love and kindness to everyone. Always. This page has always been an advocate for acceptance and love. I will continue to preach that message and encourage others to do so as well. To get closer to a place where we are loving each other. I am so scared for this world. The issues are so deep, I don’t know how we will dig our way out but I believe we all can. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace” -Jimi Hendrix #blacklivesmatter Becoming better as a human race is all that matters right now, I won’t be posting anything further on my feed here. Please enjoy my stories if you’d like, I’ll be posting as positively as I can for you. "Dr. King understood that we all see we are different. You accept color differences, affirm them, celebrate them, but don't allow them to become a barrier to human community," I will keep educating myself. I see you, I celebrate you, I respect you, I stand with you. ANY form of hate will be removed and blocked. End of story. Image @blackveiltattoo

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Arejay Hale (Halestorm):

In This Moment:

Rise Against:

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Cedric Bixler-Zavala (At The Drive-In, The Mars Volta) Accuses Scientologists Of Poisoning His Puppy

In 2017, Cedric Bixler-Zavala (At The Drive-In, The Mars Volta) blasted the Church of Scientology for allegedly covering up for actor Danny Masterson (“That ’70s Show,” etc.), who was accused of raping several women including Bixler-Zavala’s wife Chrissie Carnell. Bixler-Zavala and Carnell previously had ties to Scientology, but after they spoke out against it, the frontman said he was followed, got his phones tapped, etc. He also claimed that his dog was poisoned. Now, he has revealed that he sadly had to put down his new puppy after someone fed it rat poison.

Bixler-Zavala said the following:

“I’m at the vet dealing with another hurt animal. This [poisoned meat] is what I’ve been finding in my front and backyard. This is what scientology does when you speak about the predators they protect.”

He also added the following in a separate post:

“We had to put her down today. This was the result of eating rat poison rolled up in raw meat. This is the 2nd dog we’ve had to put down due to the harassment from private investigators and Scientologists. This only makes us stronger. My boys named her biscuit. They still don’t understand what’s happening. We said goodbye to her and let her go peacefully.”

His wife also commented:

“She died in my arms today. A team of vets and the ASPCA’s poison department just confirmed she was fed a brick of flavored rat poison. She was supposed to turn a year old this week. They fed her the most lethal kind. The one where she bleeds out internally. Her lungs were filled with blood. Blood was dripping from her nose and mouth. I’m destroyed.

“The ASPCA opened a case file on it. They re sending me the medical file to then go file a police report here. My kids could have died or gotten extreely ill. They’re always out finding treasures. Always putting their hands in therir mouths.”

Bixler-Zavala has since called out other Scientologists as well [slightly edited by MetalSucks]:

“I will not shut my mouth about this shit. Clearly you repugnant pieces of shit don’t want my wife and I to tell our story. We most certainly have some interesting receipts that can tie a whole fuck load of xenu sympathizers and xenu soliers to these rapes. Never trust a Scientologist who tries to co-opt the me too movement. Never trust an artist who is still friendly with their Scientologist celebrity pals. You know who I’m talking about. Go ahead and scroll past this and turn your blind eye. This whole bullshit idea of tolerance is a very convenient way of you hiding your head in a hole while you ‘separate’ the artist from their ‘spiritual’ beliefs.

“You go ahead and take gigs with these people. You would be an utter fool to think that the money you help make on tour with these sheep doesn’t go back to celebrity center. If Beck can leave what the fuck is your chicken shit excuse? You gotta wonder what kind of dirt they got on you from your auditing sessions or your time on the purification rundown. ‘They’ pass your folders around and own you. You would be surprised who is in whose pocket.

“So here’s a special shout out to all the Powerful Cats, all the midnight vultures, all the friends of Earl, all the Berric troops, all you owners of hip red bag coffee, all you Stoned owners of Harvard, all you House Geisha dwellers, all you managerial pieces of shit repping strokes of luck, all of you Oscar stylists, all you deadly little Sarahs, all you post apocalyptic soldiers fighting zombies in Atlanta, all you black cube thugs, all you newly indoctrinated ‘people of the sun,’ all you poser hags wearing Native American regalia for purposes of rock stardom. I see you. I see what side of HERstory you are on.

“And finally, to our beloved horse fucker Bijoux. Swab your mouth all you want, you ain’t African American. How’s that new kidney treating you? Probably best to stop drinking. Not everybody can afford something so ephemeral as a fucking kidney. I loved you in the movie Bully. So method.”

Cedric Bixler-Zavala (At The Drive In/The Mars Volta) Guests On New Fences Song “Brass Band”

Cedric Bixler-Zavala (At The Drive In/The Mars Volta) has guested on a new Fences song titled “Brass Band.” The track appears on Fences’ new album “Failure Sculptures.“

Cedric Bixler-Zavala Says He Doesn’t Know When At The Drive-In Will Play Live Again

It looks like At The Drive-In may be saying goodbye once again. Frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala tweeted the following:

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System Of A Down Announce First U.S. Shows Since 2015

System Of A Down have announced a headlining West Coast tour. These will be their first U.S. dates since 2015.

Tour Dates:

10/13 San Bernardino, CA – Glen Helen Amphitheater (with Incubus, At The Drive In, Clutch, Pallbearer and Skeletonwitch)
10/14 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
10/16 Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena (with At The Drive In and Skeletonwitch)
10/17 San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center (with At The Drive In and Skeletonwitch)
10/19 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena (with At The Drive In and Skeletonwitch)

System Of A Down, Deftones, Alice In Chains, Incubus, Etc. Set For 2018 Aftershock Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2018 Monster Energy Aftershock Festival. The event will take place on October 13-14 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA, and it will feature the following: System Of A Down, Deftones, Alice In Chains, Incubus, Godsmack, Shinedown, 311, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, At The Drive In, Seether, Jonathan Davis, Bullet For My Valentine, Underoath, Black Veil Brides, HELLYEAH, Asking Alexandria, Sevendust, Everlast, GWAR, Emmure, Stick To Your Guns, Dance Gavin Dance, Monster Magnet, Red Sun Rising, Bad Wolves, The Fever 333, Dorothy, Wage War, Plague Vendor, Hyro The Hero, Amigo The Devil, All Them Witches, Slothrust, The Dose, Viza, and The Jacks.

Gone Is Gone (Mastodon, Queens Of The Stone Age, Etc.) To Play Special Benefit Show At Upcoming Art Exhibit & Auction

Gone Is Gone (Mastodon, Queens Of The Stone Age, etc.) will be playing a special show as part of an art exhibition/silent auction on February 8 at the Smile + Wonder building in Los Angeles, CA. Proceeds from the event will go towards kids in need. The auction will feature art from all the following: Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam), Jose Pasillas (Incubus), Cedric Bixler-Zavala (At The Drive-In), Troy Sanders (Mastodon, Gone Is Gone, etc.), Mario Duplantier (Gojira), Chelsea Wolfe, Lynn Gunn (Pvris), Shepard Fairey, Kat Von D, and Gregory Siff. You can read more in the below Instagram post:

Suicidal Tendencies & X Added To 2018 Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival

Suicidal Tendencies and X have been added to the 2018 Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival. The event will take place in Las Vegas, NV on May 25-28, and will also include: Rise Against, At The Drive-In, NOFX, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, L7, Against Me!, Turbonegro, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, The Partisans, GBH, Angelic Upstarts, The Briefs, Swingin’ Utters, The Marked Men, Slaves (UK), DOA, Noi!se, Larry And His Flask, Buster Shuffle, Crazy & The Brains, Svetlanas, Resistance 77, The Birth Defects, Father Figures, and The Atom Age. The festival will also feature late night club shows, a bowling tournament, a Texas Hold ‘em poker tournament, pool parties, free comedy, punk rock movie screenings, and punk rock lounge acts.

Rise Against, NOFX, At The Drive-In, Etc. Set For 2018 Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2018 Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival. The event will take place in Las Vegas, NV on May 25-28, and will include all of the following: Rise Against, At The Drive-In, NOFX, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, L7, Against Me!, Turbonegro, Steve Ignorant presents CRASS ’78-’84, The Partisans, GBH, Angelic Upstarts, The Briefs, Swingin’ Utters, The Marked Men, Slaves (UK), DOA, Noi!se, Larry And His Flask, Buster Shuffle, Crazy & The Brains, Resistance 77, The Birth Defects, Father Figures, and The Atom Age. The festival will also feature late night club shows, a bowling tournament, a Texas Hold ‘em poker tournament, pool parties, free comedy, punk rock movie screenings, and punk rock lounge acts.