Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren Joins Rob Stewart Sharkwater Foundation As “Shark Free” Ambassador

Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren has become an ambassador for The Rob Stewart Sharkwater Foundation’s “Shark Free” campaign. That initiative seeks to “protect sharks by advocating for the removal of shark ingredients from consumer products.” Verbeuren commented:

“The plight of sharks is one we should all be touched by. These wonderful apex predators, incredibly vital to our oceans, are being hurled towards extinction by humans in the most disgraceful ways. Rob Stewart’s eye-opening documentary affected me deeply, and today I am proud to join The Sharkwater Foundation as an ambassador. I want to help spread a message of conservation and care toward sharks and all the other sentient creatures we share our planet with. We need them around. Humanity can do much better, and if we all work together, I firmly believe we will succeed in creating a better future for Mother Earth and its inhabitants.”

Lamb Of God Team Up With Megadeth Members For Cover Of “Wake Up Dead”

Lamb Of God have released a cover of Megadeth’s “Wake Up Dead.” A video for the track, which features Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Kiko Loureiro, James LoMenzo, and Dirk Verbeuren, can be found below:

Mustaine commented:

“We had a blast playing with Lamb of God on their cover of ‘Wake Up Dead.’ Almost as much fun as we’re going to have playing every night on Metal Tour of the Year. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone!”

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe continued:

“The first leg of the Metal Tour of the Year back in 2021 was a total blast, and we’re about to take it on the road again. What better way to kick it off than a little inter-band jam session? All nine members of Megadeth and Lamb of God are on the thrash classic ‘Wake Up Dead.’ Turn it up, and we’ll see you on the road!”

Lamb Of God’s Mark Morton added:

“‘Wake Up Dead’ was a massively important song for me as an aspiring young guitar player. It was one of the first songs that began my lifelong love of thrash metal and helped reinforce for me that, while solos may be fun, my allegiance is to the riff! So you can imagine what a thrill it’s been for Lamb to cover this legendary song with Dave and the rest of the Megadeth guys. Truly an honor. We all had a lot of fun putting this together and I think you can hear that energy in the track. I hope everybody enjoys this one and we can’t wait to see y’all on the Metal Tour of the Year.”

[via Rolling Stone]

Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth) Teams Up With Darkane, Ex-Nasum, Etc. Members For New Bent Sea Song “Wraithlike Horror”

Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren has shared a new song, titled “Wraithlike Horror,” from his Bent Sea project. The track, which features Lawrence Mackrory (F.K.Ü., Darkane), Todd Haug (Gravhaug, Powermad), and Jesper Liveröd (ex-Nasum), serves as the ninth single in Verbeuren’s “Instagrind” series.

Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth) Teams Up With Omid Yamini (Battletorn) & Jesper Liveröd (Ex-Nasum) For New Bent Sea Song “Destroy The Autocrats”

Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren has shared a new song, titled “Destroy The Autocrats,” from his Bent Sea project. The track, which features Omid Yamini (Battletorn) and Jesper Liveröd (ex-Nasum), serves as the eighth single in Verbeuren’s “Instagrind” series.

More Artists Added To Upcoming Tribute Shows For Late Death Frontman Chuck Schuldiner

More artists have been added to the upcoming tribute shows for late Death frontman Chuck Schuldiner. The concerts will take place at The Brass Mug in Tampa, FL on December 11-12 and they will find Living Monstrosity performing “Spiritual Healing” in full and Symbolic performing songs from “Human,” “Individual Thought Patterns,” “Symbolic,” and “The Sound Of Perseverance.” Here’s the updated lineups for those groups;

Living Monstrosity:

* James Murphy (ex-Death, ex-Obituary)
* Terry Butler (Obituary, ex-Death)
* Gus Rios (Gruesome)
* Matt Harvey (Gruesome, Exhumed)

Symbolic:

* Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, ex-Death)
* Bobby Koelble (ex-Death)
* Kelly Conlon (ex-Death, ex-Monstrosity)
* Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, ex-Soilwork)
* Max Phelps (Exist)
* Leo Lozano (Symbolic)

Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth) Teams Up With Municipal Waste, Revocation, & Inter Arma Members For New Bent Sea Song “Downed At A Gulp”

Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren has shared a new song, titled “Downed At A Gulp,” from his Bent Sea project. The track, which features Dave Witte (Municipal Waste), Mike Paparo (Inter Arma), and Brett Bamberge (Revocation), serves as the seventh single in Verbeuren’s “Instagrind” series. He said the following:

“When Dave Witte’s behind the kit, you know the blast beats are gonna have that swing! What a pleasure to have Dave contribute to the Instagrind. Together with Brett and Mike, they brought their A-game to the D-beat. The resulting track slides down the esophagus like a knife in butter!”

[via Decibel]

Kill Division (Megadeth, Gruesome, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Cultists”

Kill Division, the band featuring Kyle Symons (ex-Malevolent Creation), Gus Rios (Gruesome, ex-Malevolent Creation), Jeramie Kling (The Absence, etc.), and Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, etc.), have premiered a new song titled “Cultists.“ You can find a lyric video for that below:

Rios commented:

“I would say that Kill Division sounds like what if [late Terrorizer and Napalm Death guitarist] Jesse Pintado was from Florida! This is most aggressive and extreme stuff I’ve ever written, and having two massive grindcore dudes like Dirk and Kyle as quality controllers was key to the songs coming alive! I’ve never written ‘grindcore’ per say, but after what we have all been going through, I had quite a bit of rage inside of me and grindcore was the perfect vessel for that release!

I had been doing an online show on the Sick Drummer Magazine Facebook page last summer called the Gus and Seth Metal Show. Every week we would choose a band to talk about, then play some of their songs live. It was a lot of fun and Kyle had watched a few episodes. He eventually contacted me to do an episode, which I was super stoked about!

Kyle and I were in our first band together back in the early ’90s called Sickness, so we go back to the beginning together! We also did our first tour together with Malevolent Creation back in 2002. So Kyle does the Massacre episode with Jeramie Kling on drums and we had a blast! Fast forward, Kyle’s down for another album and I wanted to write an assault of grind, punk and death metal. I knew my brother Dirk would be down too and when I told Jeramie about it, he goes ‘I’m on bass, yo!’

‘Cultists‘ is good indicator of what Kill Division is about: speed and aggression! The lyrics are my views on current and not so current mindlessness. If people were empowered to think for themselves, they would then soon realize that we’re much more alike then they want us to believe.”

[via Decibel]

Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth) Teams Up With Leon del Muerte (Murder Construct) For New Bent Sea Song “The Instant Grind”

Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren has shared a new song, titled “The Instant Grind,” from his Bent Sea project. The track, which features Leon del Muerte (Murder Construct, Impaled), serves as the sixth single in Verbeuren’s “Instagrind” series.

Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth) Teams Up With Keijo Niinimaa (Rotten Sound) And Jesper Liveröd (Ex-Nasum) For New Bent Sea Song “Anger Mgmt”

Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren has shared a new song, titled “Anger Mgmt,” from his Bent Sea project. The track, which features Keijo Niinimaa (Rotten Sound) and Jesper Liveröd (ex-Nasum), serves as the fifth single in Verbeuren’s “Instagrind” series.

Brave The Cold (Napalm Death, Megadeth) Premiere “Apparatus” Video

Brave The Cold, the band featuring Napalm Death’s Mitch Harris and Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren, have premiered a new video for their song “Apparatus.” This track is from their latest album “Scarcity.“ A limited edition vinyl pressing of that effort will be released on December 11.

Harris commented:

“The concept reflects on the division of neighbor vs. neighbor, harvesting unrest due to compromised ethics, intended to destroy the frayed internal infrastructure of adapting society on a global level. ‘Apparatus‘ is about a socially repressive cabal whose sole agenda is maximizing the transfer of wealth and power from poorer, middle class consumers to a thin sliver of the wealthiest via submissive fear ideology.

Through an intensive program of isolation, bombardment with propaganda and behaviorally suggestive content before reaching the global eye, the ‘Apparatus‘ is distressing civil liberties in an era of inconceivable technological corporate wizardry, oppression, censorship and domination.”