Kill The Lights (Ex-Bullet For My Valentine, Etc.) Share Quarantine Cover Of Testament’s “Into The Pit”

Kill The Lights (ex-Bullet For My Valentine, etc.) have shared a quarantine cover of Testament’s “Into The Pit.” Michael “Moose” Thomas commented:

“There were a ton of cover songs options we could have gone with, and we did consider covering a pop song in our style. But we decided to cover ‘Into The Pit‘ by the mighty Testament purely because it’s a classic song that’s fun to play. We wanted to stay true to the original as closely as possible, to pay our respects to metal royalty. A great song by an amazing band.”

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 Testament, Overkill, Etc. Members Perform Death’s “Overactive Imagination” In Quarantine

Jason Bittner (Overkill, Shadows Fall) has joined forces with Felipe Roa (ex-Shadows Fall), Bobby Koeble (ex-Death), and Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, ex-Death) for a quarantine performance of Death’s “Overactive Imagination.” You can check that out below:

Bittner commented:

“Well there’s a bunch of explaining that goes along with this video and a history of sorts…

After the whole pandemic started, I contacted my longtime friend and former bandmate Felipe Roa (SHADOWS FALL touring guitarist after Jon joined ANTHRAX) to see if he wanted to do some ‘quarantine covers’ and I proposed ‘Wake Up Dead’ by Megadeth, and by now you have seen that one. At the time of discussion Felipe asked if I wanted to do a DEATH tune, knowing that they are one of my all-time fave bands as well as his, and we used to jam DEATH in soundchecks all the time. Initially my first reaction ‘ummmm, I don’t know if I want to do that much WORK, hahaha,’ but as soon as he said ‘Overactive Imagination’ I was in – I used to jam this song all the time in my formative years but I did wonder if I could still pull it off. After a couple days of shedding and trying to be 25 again, we had a completed drum track, which I even sent to my pals (former Death drummers) Richard Christy and Gene Hoglan for ‘approval’. Sean [Reinert] already gave me the green light from Heaven.

At first we were just going to do it the two of us, but I had a plan. Here’s some crazy trivia – while I attended Berklee College of Music in the 80’s, I played in a band with Bobby Koeble and we actually recorded a few original songs wayyyyyy back in the late 80’s. Bobby later went on to join Death for the Symbolic album and still plays in DEATH TO ALL. After not speaking for over 30 years I hit up Bobby, reconnected (which I’d been meaning to do for years) and asked him if he wanted to do this tune with us and he said yes right away. He asked who was playing bass and I told him Felipe probably would do that too… unless… ‘Unless what?’ Unless I can get Steve to do it… So the next point was to contact my friend, and one of the greatest bass players out there, Mr. Steve DiGiorgio to see if this could be possible.

At first Steve wasn’t sure if he could commit due to his many projects, so we actually asked our friend Bill Bodily (Ex- Toxik, Flotsam And Jetsam touring bassist) to do the bass since Steve wasn’t available. In the meantime, I had sent Steve the track after we put Bobby on it just to ‘make sure’ he couldn’t do it. I had a feeling if Bobby committed, Steve would follow. A week later he did send his tracks, so first off THANK YOU to Steve for going above and beyond in such a quick and timely manner, and also to Bill for being our ‘backup’, sorry it didn’t work out – next time!

So there you have it folks, we put a lot of work into this one because we absolutely love this band in every incarnation, and I am proud to say that I am friends with a lot of the people who have played in their ranks so… so this one goes out to… Terry Butler, James Murphy, Richard Christy, and Gene Hoglan. Lastly, a moment to remember past members Scott Clendenin, my former bandmate and friend Ralph Santolla, my longtime friend and mentor Sean Reinert, and lastly the one and only Chuck Schuldiner for being one of the greatest songwriters to ever grace the Metal world!! Enjoy and share!!”

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:

Palaye Royale:

Lamb Of God Premiere New Song “Routes” Feat. Testament’s Chuck Billy

Lamb Of God have premiered a new song titled “Routes.” This track features Chuck Billy (Testament) and it will appear on the band’s new self-titled album, which is set to be released on June 19.

“Routes” was inspired by Randy Blythe’s time with the Native Americans at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota during the Dakota Access Pipeline protest. The frontman said the following about that:

“I went to Standing Rock because I had heard reports of violence committed on the peaceful protestors there by both state law enforcement and private security contractors, and this violence was not reported in mainstream media for the most part. I went to bring supplies and support these people, who were trying to protect their water, and thereby protect everyone, as everything in the natural world is protected. I was there a week, made some great friends, and learned a lot. It was a very profound experience in my life, and I knew one day I would write a song about it.”

He also said the following about recruiting Billy, who is of Pomo Native American heritage:

“My experience, although my own, was tempered and shaped by the hundreds of years of brutal oppression of Native peoples in our country. So, it was imperative for me to have a Native voice represented on the song, and Chuck Billy was happy to be that voice. At the end, there is a call and response section — Chuck calls and I respond. This is intentional. Musically, it is symbolic of my experience there. A native voice leads, bringing forth positive energy and calling to the people to unite, and I reply, providing support. That was my physical experience, and it is reflected in the song.”

Billy added:

“It was a great honor as a proud Pomo Native American to be asked by Lamb Of God to do some guest vocals on this song. The #NoDAPL movement by the indigenous people of this country was a historic event. Being able to lend my voice to represent the Native American people, complementing Randy’s storytelling and lyrics, is something really special to me. I’m glad this movement was put in a musical message, and I am extremely happy to have been a part of it.”

Full Lineup Revealed For Virtual “Slay At Home” Festival

The full lineup for the virtual “Slay At Home” festival has officially been revealed. The event, which was organized by Metal Injection’s Frank Godla, will take place on May 29-30 and it will feature quarantine performances, commissioned music, collaborative covers, and more.

Lineup:

Never Before Seen Performances By:

Suicide Silence
TesseracT
Gavin Rossdale (Bush)
Matt Heafy (Trivium)
Twelve Foot Ninja
Tyler Bates
Steve ‘N’ Seagulls
Darkest Hour
Allegaeon
Entheos
Der Weg einer Freiheit
O’Brother
Khemmis
Silvertomb
Mantar
Astronoid
Employed To Serve
Spirit Adrift
Spotlights
Cadaver
Andy Gillion
Johnny Booth
Panamama
Moon Destroys
Nitesoil
Contracult Collective
Spylacopa
Del Judas
Myrone
Chronus
AA Williams
Angel Vivaldi
GlerAkur
Jo Quail

Commissioned Music By:

“Pallid Veil”:
Luc Lemay (Gorguts)
Dave Davidson (Revocation / Gargoyl)
Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Elliot Hoffman (Carbomb)

“Digital Ink”:
Ben Weinman (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Billy Rymer (END, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Brian Sullivan (Thoughtcrimes)

“Solo Set”:
Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)

“DJ M’s Wacky Attacky”:
Manuel Gagneux (Zeal & Ardor)

Cover Collaborations By:

Pustulus Maximus (GWAR)
Tiziano Volante (Zeal & Ardor)
Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder)
Sacha Dunable (Intronaut)
Johnny Kelly (Silvertomb / Type O Negative)
Ash Pearson (Revocation)
Brody Uttely (Rivers Of Nihil)
Gwarsenio Hall (Two Minutes To Late Night)
Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
Steve Zing (Samhain/Danzig)
Hank Hell (Silvertomb)
Pepe Clarke (Kyng)
Jesse Korman (The Number Twelve Looks Like You)
Conor Marshall (Sylosis),
Greg Burgess (Allegaeon)
Frank Godla (Metal Injection)
Mrs. Smith
Phil Pendergast (Khemmis)
Justine Jones and Sammy Urwin (Employed To Serve)
Kevin Antreassian (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
DJ Scully (The Number Twelve Looks Like You)
Billy Rymer (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Scott Carlson (Repulsion)
Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies)
Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head)
Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through)
John Tempesta (The Cult, ex-Rob Zombie)
Mike Tempesta (ex-Powerman 5000)
Joey Vera (Armored Saint)
Graham Bonnet (Rainbow / MSG)

Guest Appearances By:

Gost
Don Jamieson (That Metal Show)
Jose Mangin (Sirius XM Liquid Metal)
Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed)
Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste)
Chuck Billy (Testament)
Chef Brian Tsao
Chef Chris Santos
Jessica Pimentel (Orange Is The New Black)
Rob Caggiano (Volbeat)

Art Installations By:

Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
Vincent Castiglia
Trine Grimm
Jodi Cachia
Zein
Carin Hazmat
Nathaniel Shannon
Kevin Wilson
Rodrigo Fredes
Vertebrae 33
Stefan Raduta

Godla commented:

“By keeping the set times between 5 and 15 minutes for each artist, it allows me to not only keep things moving, but mix it up in ways that conventional festivals simply can’t. Every single hour will contain big names and emerging artists right next to each other.

I’m trying to look at the bright side of our current situation, and not only make this an entertaining way to see the artists you love flex their creativity in new ways, but hope this event acts as a place of discovery for every viewer out there.

Finding a band or artist to fall in love with is the mark of a great festival to me, and it’s my honor to share the work of these amazing individuals I curated because I’m passionate about them. I’ve been in touch with all of them every step of the way, and some even managed to throw me a few surprises.

I’m honored and humbled to have all of them part of this, they truly went above and beyond to showcase their craft for the Slay At Home fest, and I can’t wait for the world to see something really special come to life this weekend.”

Money raised from the event will benefit MusiCares and Global Giving.

Watch Anthrax, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, & Crobot Members Cover Rush’s “Red Barchetta” While In Quarantine

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), and Brandon Yeagley (Crobot) have shared footage of themselves performing Rush’s “Red Barchetta” while quarantining in their individual homes. You can watch that below:

Benante commented:

“Once again, we’ve been completely knocked out by the responses to our video tribute to the one & only RUSH, thank you. This time, we’ve decided to follow up our most recent track (and our first vocal song, ‘Freewill‘) with another one of our favorites, ‘Red Barchetta’.

Sadly, our completion of this video coincides with breaking news of the loss of one of rock’n’roll’s greatest pioneers, Little Richard. On the one hand, it’s difficult to find a more sonically different pair of acts than RUSH and Little Richard. On the other, it’s safe to say (and we’re sure the boys from Toronto would agree) that Little Richard blazed a trail for all of us with a force that perfectly fits the subject of ‘Red Barchetta’ – a high powered sports car from the same time period in which Little Richard was first emerging as an artist. This song is dedicated to him and we hope it brightens up your day.”

Watch Anthrax, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, & Crobot Members Cover Rush’s “Freewill” While In Quarantine

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), and Brandon Yeagley (Crobot) have shared footage of themselves performing Rush’s “Freewill” while quarantining in their individual homes. You can watch that below:

Benante commented:

“Dear friends: Once again, the three of us (Alex , Ra and myself) were completely knocked out by the responses to our latest video. As if your appreciation of the music wasn’t enough, it’s been humbling to hear from so many of you who’ve let us know how much this has been helping during this difficult period of quarantine and isolation. This brings us to the following conclusion: “We can’t stop now, can we?”

Here is our follow up: “Freewill.” “Freewill” is about thinking for yourself, accepting difficult truths and avoiding superstition, magical thinking and herd mentality (most pertinent during these times). We now have a @rush trilogy. When we “made a choice” (as the song says) to take on this tune, we had a new challenge on our hands: Our previous two (“YYZ” and “La Villa Strangiato”) are both instrumental and doing this one would require a vocalist who is up to the task (sadly that excludes the three of us). Fortunately, we know just the guy. On vocals, we proudly present Brandon Yeagley @brandoncrobot of @crobotband

In addition to Neil Peart (the great Rush drummer and composer of these lyrics, whom we lost in January), this song is dedicated to John Horton Conway, genius mathematician who recently left us due to Covid-19, whose influence extended beyond mathematical circles, including artists (such as musician/producer Brian Eno), software developers, game makers etc and whose achievements include a personal favorite entitled “Free Will Theorem.”

Special thanks to @blechugag for assisting with this audio mix and once again, @pieromedone who makes the video magic happen.

Enjoy!”

In other news, Benante and Diaz also recently jammed on a partial cover of the Beastie Boys‘ “Jimmy James”:

Watch Anthrax, Testament, & Suicidal Tendencies Members Cover Rush’s “La Villa Strangiato” While In Quarantine

Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies) have shared footage of themselves performing Rush’s “La Villa Strangiato” while quarantining in their individual homes. You can watch that below. If you missed it, you can also find footage of them covering Rush’s “YYZ” HERE.

Testament Postpone North American Tour With The Black Dahlia Murder, Municipal Waste, & Meshiaak

Testament have postponed their North American tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, Municipal Waste, and Meshiaak due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek will be rescheduled at a later date.

Testament said the following:

“Hi everyone! We unfortunately are going to have to reschedule our upcoming North American spring tour. Please bear with us while we work to get the new dates together with our team. Please hold onto your tickets as they will be honored for the newly scheduled dates. We hope everyone is staying safe, staying home, and we look forward to rocking out with you soon.”

The Black Dahlia Murder also commented:

“It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the elephant in the room aka the rescheduling of our big US tour with Testament and Municipal Waste, as well as our headlining off dates to, from, and between the scheduled Testament shows. Our new album “Verminous” is still coming out April 17th on Metal Blade Records. Standby for more live info soon!”