Byzantine, Five Finger Death Punch, Bad Wolves, Etc. Members Share Quarantine Cover Of Metallica’s “The Shortest Straw”

Chris “OJ” Ojeda (Byzantine) has joined forces with Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, etc.), Chris Kale (Five Finger Death Punch), and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.) for a quarantine cover of Metallica‘s “The Shortest Straw.” You can check that out below:

Ojeda commented:

“Chris [Kael] and I have discussed working on something over the past few years since we are old friends. When I mentioned a Metallica cover during this time of restriction, he jumped at the chance. He was able to bring Mike [Portnoy] on board pretty quickly and I pulled Doc [Coyle] and Phil [Demmel] in.

I have been musically dormant since the release of ‘The Cicada Tree‘, spending time raising my 3 kids and building Trident Music Facility, so it feels GREAT to track some guitars and vocals again. ‘The Shortest Straw‘ is quite possibly a perfect Metallica song. I am a piece of driftwood in a sea of Gold performing this classic tune with these fantastic musicians! We hope you enjoy.”

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Recruits Anthrax, Sacred Reich, Crobot, Etc. Members For New Covers Album

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will be releasing a new covers album titled “No Cover” on October 2. The 13-track record will feature covers of tracks by Motörhead, W.A.S.P., Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Queen, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, and more.

Ellefson recorded the album with vocalist Thom Hazaert, guitarist Andy Martongelli, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses), drummer Paolo Caridi, and the following special guests:

– Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
– Eddie Ojeda (ex-Twisted Sister)
– Brandon Yeagley (Crobot)
– Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
– Frank Hannon and Troy Lucketta (Tesla)
– Mark Slaughter
– Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, ex-Watchtower, Evil United)
– Greg Handevidt (Kublai Khan, Ex-Megadeth)
– Chuck Behler (Ex-Megadeth)
– Gus G (Firewind)
– John Aquilino (Icon)
– Doro Pesch
– Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head)
– Dave Alvin (White Trash)
– Todd Kerns (Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators)
– Andy Freeman (Last In Line)
– Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars)
– Dead By Wednesday

Ellefson said the following:

“Before any of us started writing our own songs, we all began playing cover songs by our heroes during our formative years as musicians. So, it’s fun to go back in time and revisit those songs which helped us to become the artists we are today, especially when, ironically, many of those artists have now become peers and friends.

During the process of recording some covers for B-Sides and bonus tracks for the upcoming Ellefson solo LP, Thom and I just said, ‘This is a blast, let’s just do a whole album of covers!’ Literally, within 2 weeks, we had the songs recorded, and began calling our friends to join us, many of whom we had just performed with on the MEGA-Cruise back in October. From there, the album just fell into place.”

“A lot of our buddies have been playing covers and quarantine jams on the Internet during the pandemic, so this is really just an extension of that, but we took it the next level and actually recorded a full studio album.

We’ve been working remotely anyway, as we’re all over the Globe, so it was easy to incorporate some guests jumping in with some outstanding performances of their own. It’s been a really fun nod to making great music with our friends, who are kick-ass players, and many legends in their own right, which is the whole reason we got into this in the first place!”

Hazaert added:

“It’s all songs and artists that really mutually influenced both myself and David, especially a lot of early ‘metal’ and harder classic rock. Some stuff I picked, some stuff he picked, but for the most part is was all artists that we both loved. What’s funny, as there’s a bit of an age gap, we were sometimes more influenced by different eras of the same bands. But it was really him saying, ‘Let’s do this song,’ and me saying, ‘Yes!!! And let’s do this song.’ And before we knew it, we had over 15 songs. And it’s a lot of album tracks, deep cuts, early tracks, stuff people might not expect, which was what was so fun.”

“It was also great that we were able to work in a lot of nods to David’s history, getting Chuck Behler to play with us, bringing in original Megadeth guitarist Greg Handevidt to play on ‘Love Me Like A Reptile’, a song they used to play in cover bands together before they moved to L.A. (which we wrote about in ‘More Life With Deth’), and Randy Burns is going to mix a track or two. As a singer, these are literally bands I’ve listened to, and covered all my life, and for me, getting to play with Eddie Ojeda, the Tesla guys, Charlie Benante, Jason McMaster, Mark Slaughter, etc, and sing these songs that mean so much to me. I mean, literally, the entire record is my bucket list of people I’d love to play with, and some of my favorite bands. So, it’s truly an honor to put together something so fun, and really as effortless as this was. It truly is a love letter to rock n’ roll, an homage to what made us, musically, who we are today.”

Watch Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Cover Slipknot, Deftones, System Of A Down, Etc. Acoustically

During the June 26 edition of his “Acoustic Happy Hour” series, Machine Head’s Robb Flynn performed covers of Slipknot‘s “Snuff,“ “Deftones‘ “Change (In The House Of Flies),“ System Of A Down‘s “Aerials,” Dio‘s “Holy Diver,“ Staind‘s “Outside,“ and more. You can watch that set below:

Exodus, Ex-Slayer, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Dead Kennedys’ “Police Truck”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.), and Matt Hoffman (Rancid) have shared a quarantine cover of Dead Kennedys’ “Police Truck.” You can check that out below:

Demmel commented:

“Back in the early 80′ Zet’s brother John and I convinced him to sing for our band, ON PAROLE. He helped introduce me to the Bay Area music scene and between the 2 of them, tried their best to corrupt my adolescent ways. Zet would sing the lyrics to this song and do his best Jello Biafra impersonation, it’s been embedded in my head so much that I needed to bring it to life and jam this out.

I reached out to Dave Lombardo because I knew he LOVED the DKs and would help me add some power since I tracked 2 over-driven guitar tracks. I then reached out to my bud Lars from RANCID and he suggested the RANCID bass player, Matt who has played the song many times before and would nail it. He did.

I picked this one before all the recent activity so this song isn’t any kind of statement or declaration. It’s 4 dudes jamming music.

Be good to each other all y’all!!!!!”

Machine Head Premiere New Songs “Stop The Bleeding” Featuring Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach & “Bulletproof”

Machine Head have released a new digital single titled “Civil Unrest.” The effort comes with two new songs including “Stop The Bleeding” (feat. Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach) on the a-side and “Bulletproof” on the b-side. You can find an official video for “Stop The Bleeding” and a stream of “Bulletproof” below:

Notably, Machine Head will be donating a significant portion of the streaming proceeds from “Stop The Bleeding” to the Grassroots Law Project. Robb Flynn said the following about that track:

“I wrote and sang the lyrics on Wednesday, May 27th 2020, the day that the four officers who murdered George Floyd were (originally) not charged with anything. This day was engulfed in protests and riots across America. I drove into Oakland past large demonstrations already happening and in a fury wrote down everything I was feeling after watching the horrific footage. Within hours, what I wanted to say, what I needed to say had been recorded in the song.

I decided to sing it over a song called ‘Stop The Bleeding’, that we had recorded back in December. 2018 with Jared [MacEachearn] and Carlos Cruz [Warbringer] on drums.”

“I had been speaking with Jesse for maybe six months about singing on the song, as it always had a little bit of a Killswitch vibe to me. Unfortunately (or fortunately), our schedules hadn’t lined up, but with the subsequent lockdown from coronavirus, we had time to make it work. After what happened to George Floyd, I sent him the lyrics I’d written and he replied saying he was ‘100% on board.’ Jesse is someone I consider to be a pioneer and in many ways, one of the men who changed the face of metal. His contribution to this song made it extremely powerful and it’s an honor to have him be a part of it.”

Leach added:

“Being asked to be part of this song is an honor. Yes, because it’s Machine Head, but more importantly, this is a message that needs to be heard and spread. These issues concerning abuses of power and racism are timeless. I have written about these previously and I’ll write about them again. I think Robb really nailed this one, both lyrically and sonically. My hope is this song helps awaken those who hear it. Robb has been a frequent voice of the voiceless in these times, so teaming up with him is a no brainer. We need more of our metal community to speak out on social issues and help raise awareness, especially during these crucial times. Music is the soundtrack to our lives; it transcends language and culture. This is the reason we as musicians need to do our part to spark thought and discussion on these types of issues. We can make a difference through music and we can help stop the bleeding.”

Flynn also said the following about “Bulletproof”:

“The lyrics for ‘Bulletproof’ were finished in the aftermath of not only the Ahmaud Arbery murder at the hands of white supremacist, but everything twisting out of control in our world. The isolation and craziness of the pandemic, the lockdown protesters storming government buildings with AR-15s, as well as the blatant lies and conspiracies pouring out of our political leaders’ mouths, hour by hour, day after day.”

Vio-lence, Fuel, Etc. Members Team Up For Cover Of Muse’s “Hysteria”

Phil Buckman (Fuel, ex-Filter), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Brian Tichy (Silverthorne, ex-Whitesnake, etc.), and Lukas Rossi (ex-Rock Star Supernova, The Halo Method) recently teamed up for a quarantine cover of Muse’s “Hysteria.” You can see footage of that below:

Robb Flynn On New Machine Head Material: “The Lyrics Are Pissed Off As Fuck”

During a recent appearance on Knotfest.com‘s “Mosh Talks With Beez,” Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn discussed the band’s new material. According to him, the lyrics in the new music “are pissed off as fuck.”

Flynn said the following while discussing how the ongoing anti-racist protests and the coronavirus pandemic have impacted his creativity:

“I walk around in a fury all day. I walk around in a fucking rage all day, and the lyrics that I write, and the music that I’ve been writing, all of it is very reflective of that. And even if the music isn’t super thrash or whatever you wanna call it, the lyrics are pissed off as fuck.

“As you get older in a band, the best option is to just shut your mouth and make middle-of-the-road statements that don’t really offend anybody and not really take a stand on anything as opposed to when you’re young and full of piss and vinegar and you don’t give a fuck. I think it becomes the logical choice, because why rock the boat? It’s like what happens to you when you become old — people tend to become more conservative; they don’t wanna do things that might offend people.

“I’m definitely nowhere near the middle of the road right now. I am just in a whole other place. And I’m sure I’ll lose fans because of it, at least for a little while. I think they’ll come back, and if they don’t, then thanks for listening for the time you did. But this is what I’ve gotta say, and this is where we have to go, and this is the place that MACHINE HEAD is at.”

He continued when asked if touring guitarist Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka (Decapitated) has contributed to the new material:

“I’ve co-written some stuff with Logan [Mader], and I’d love to write with Vogg too. We’re just kind of hammering out whatever we need to do. But Vogg did play a solo on one of the new songs that we’re gonna be dropping pretty soon here. And, yeah, it’s angry, and I’m stoked about the direction that it’s going. It’s heavy. It’s modern MACHINE HEAD. I would say it’s familiar to the last 10 years. It’s not ‘Burn My Eyes’; it’s still some other thing.”

He went on to say that Machine Head are not planning to release a new full-length album anytime soon:

“I’m all about dropping singles right now. I think an album will definitely show up, and some of these songs may end up on that album, but, to me, it’s all about just a constant stream of music dropping all the time.

“We’re pretty slow with albums — it’s already been two and a half years since our last album [2018’s ‘Catharsis’] — so I just don’t wanna wait another year to get music out. The music’s here, the music’s done; a lot of the lyrics that I’ve written are very much now, and they need to be heard now, in this moment.

“I do a podcast, and I can record a podcast and have it up an hour later. That’s fucking crazy to me. I can finish a song and have it up six hours later on all the fucking digital service providers. That’s fucking amazing. Never in history have we been able to do something like that. And we need to do more of that, especially with songs that are written about this moment and these times. It’s important to put ’em out now, not a year and a half from now.”

He also added the following when asked if fans can expect new music in the near future:

“Very soon. Sooner than you think.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Megadeth, Testament, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Share Quarantine Cover Of Black Sabbath’s “Falling Off The Edge Of The World”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) has joined forces with Dino Jelusick (Animal Drive), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), Steve Di Giorgio (Testament), Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through), and Julie Belanger Roy for a quarantine cover of Black Sabbath’s “Falling Off The Edge Of The World.” You can check that out below:

Phil commented:

“As the anniversary of Ronnie’s passing was getting close, I reached out to Dino Jelusić to see if he’d be into singing on this tune. I saw him sing with TSO a few years back and thought he was awesome, but watching a vid of him cover the Badlands song “The Last Time” blew me the fuck away. A Sabbath/Dio cover needs to nailed. It had to be him. I next hit up my Bay-Area Brother, Steve Di Giorgio to do the Geezer parts. We’d known each for about 35 years but never jammed together. I thought he’d be perfect.

The intro is pretty layered. Steve had suggested we get real strings and brought in Julie Belanger Roy, she then layed down both a viola and violin track. My wife Marta found a keyboard patch that sounds sooooo close to the original and they NAIL it, all the way to the descending slide. I asked Steve about drummers and he mentioned he knew Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork/Megadeth and could reach out. I had just watched Dirk play with Devin Townsend on the 70K Tons cruise and loved watching him play. A world-class drummer.

Sounds like SDG put this line-up together? He pretty much did. Juan Urteaga got a slamming mix together and Scott Kirkeeng played around with the RotoScope effect you see on the vid.

So much appreciation and thanks to all the above for the effort. This is done for fun and for the love of music, and this song was done in tribute of a man we ALL admire and carry the torch for. RJD RIP”

Watch Graham Bonnet Perform Michael Schenker Group’s “Assault Attack” With Vio-lence, Bleeding Through, Armored Saint, Etc. Members

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) has shared a quarantine cover of the Michael Schenker Group’s “Assault Attack.” The track also features Graham Bonnet (ex-Rainbow, ex-Michael Schenker Group), Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through), John Tempesta (The Cult), Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), and Mike Tempesta (ex-Powerman 5000).

Phil Demmel commented:

“I knew I had wanted to jam on a tune with Johnny but I hadn’t came across which one. I knew he was a huge Cozy Powell fan and we both love Schenker so I proposed the instrumental MSG tune ‘Into the Arena’. He had done something similar to that tune previously with his brother Mike and suggested the banger track ‘Assault Attack’, off a record featuring vocalist Graham Bonnet and a friend of John’s, Ted Mckenna (who had tragically passed away a few years back). He then (kinda) joked about asking Graham to sing on it then reached out to him and made it happen! Marta nailed the keys and vocal harmonies and our good friend and incredible bassist Joey Vera from the legendary Armored Saint not only laid down the bass tracks, but also provided the mix for this. Mike and I both played our Schenker tribute guitars Originally aired for Metal Injections ‘Slay at Home’ fest and video edit by Frank Godla. Thanks to Conrad for getting us Graham’s vocal/vid, and to Joey Vera for the mix!”

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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