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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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):

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAvwkAvA2tO/

Circa Survive:

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):

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):

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA315lRFHae/?igshid=rwu1rbnmel7f

Arejay Hale (Halestorm):

In This Moment:

Rise Against:

Palaye Royale:

Brian Fair Says Shadows Fall Have Been “Trying To Figure Out A Way To Play Some Shows”

It looks like there is still a possibility that Shadows Fall may return to the live stage at some point in the future. During a recent appearance on the “Thunder Underground” podcast, Brian Fair revealed that the band have been “trying to figure out a way to play some shows.”

Fair said the following

“We’ve been trying to figure out a way to play some shows and work it out. Schedule-wise, it’s been pretty tough, just with [guitarist Jon Donais playing with] ANTHRAX, [drummer Jason Bittner playing with] OVERKILL, and Matt’s [Bachand, guitarist] been busy, on and off, with ACT OF DEFIANCE and his own studio, and things like that. Me and Paul [Romanko, bassist] are working — well, were working — full-time [before the coronavirus pandemic]. Now it’s real hard.”

He continued:

“We had some framework rolling to try and get some things kind of to the next level of really moving forward, and now it’s all just at a standstill. But we really do wanna play some shows. We really stopped playing just because logistically, it was getting harder between guys playing in other bands, and then also just financially, if we wanted to survive, we were gonna have to tour 10 months out of the year, like we always did, and we just weren’t at that point right then. I was having a kid, then had a second kid, Paul had a kid. So it just became too tough. But as far as playing together, we never broke up because we didn’t wanna do it; it just didn’t make sense at the time.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Overcast, All That Remains, Bad Wolves, Etc. Members Comment On Atreyu Frontman’s “Inventing Metalcore” Claims

Atreyu frontman Alex Varkatzas recently made headlines after claiming his band “invented metalcore.” Now, Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, ex-God Forbid), Phil Labonte (All That Remains, ex-Shadows Fall), and Brian Fair (Shadows Fall, Overcast) have all responded to his comments:

[via The PRP]

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall, Etc.) Comments On As I Lay Dying’s Controversial Return

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall, Downpour, & Hell Night) is one of the few members of the metal community to comment on the controversial return of Tim Lambesis and As I Lay Dying. Lambesis infamously tried to hire a hitman to murder his wife back in 2013 and was released from prison in 2016. Fair said the following:

“When I first heard of Tim‘s arrest I was shocked and disgusted to see someone I knew well, who built his following based on faith and righteousness commit such a heinous act directed at his family. I wrote “Serpent’s Tongue” by Downpour in response.”

“Their current revival has been tough to digest. I do believe in second chances but that doesn’t guarantee forgiveness or redemption. Those have to be earned with deeds and not words. I guess time will tell.”

“As far as the other members are concerned, I consider them friends and have to believe they see a change in Tim. I remain skeptical but will reserve judgement as this plays out.”

[via The PRP]

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall) Joins Hell Night, Band Premieres New Song “Feed Hate”

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall) has joined the band Hell Night as their new vocalist. The band plan to release their new EP, “Human Shelves,” this fall, and a new track titled “Feed Hate” can be found below. The group’s first show with Fair will take place on August 18 at the Food Bar Lounge in St. Louis, MO.

Dead By Wednesday Premiere “Live Again” Music Video Feat. Brian Fair (Shadows Fall)

Dead By Wednesday have premiered a new video for their song “Live Again,” via Revolver. This song features guest vocals from Brian Fair (Shadows Fall), and it will appear on the band’s new album, “Darkest Of Angels,” which will be released on May 20.

Dead By Wednesday Recruit Shadows Fall, Candiria, Fates Warning, Etc. Singers For New Album “The Darkest Of Angels”

Dead By Wednesday recently parted ways with vocalist Joe Morbidelli, which resulted in them using different singers for each track on their new album “The Darkest Of Angels.” The vocalists featured on the album include the band’s official new frontman Rob Roy, along with Brian Fair (Shadows Fall), Carley Coma (Candiria), AK (Flotsam And Jetsam), John Arch (Fates Warning), Rob Dukes (Generation Kill, ex-Exodus), Waylon Reavis (ex-Mushroomhead), Sean Danielson (Smile Empty Soul), Paul Stoddard (Diecast), Kris Keyes (ex-Gargauntua Soul), Antony Linesmen (Armageddon), and Ceschi Ramos (Fake Four, Inc.). Check out the new songs “The Surgeon,” with Roy on vocals, and “Darkest Angel,“ with Arch on vocals, below: