The UK Metal Scene comes together to support live music industry jobs made vulnerable due to Covid

Ellen Oakley

Dropping on May 4th, the UK Metal Merger will be gracing the scene with ‘In Solitude’, an empowering track filled with heavy riffs and haunting vocals to show solidarity with all those who have suffered in the live music industry due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The collective of eighteen UK metal musicians was the brainchild of music producer and artist Mark Mynett (Kill II This). It combined the talents from various bands across the country: Cradle Of Filth, My Dying Bride, Iced Earth, Winterfylleth, Kill II This, Xentrix, Divine Chaos, Krysthla and Pythia – all of who collaborated remotely within the lockdown restrictions to bring the project to life. The track itself is a testament to the artists’ talent as it encompasses metal as a genre in a way that makes it accessible to everyone whilst retaining the essence of the style. It is immense and projects nothing but passion both for the music and the cause in question.

The cause’s just giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ukmetalmerger

The live music industry was one of the first to fall victim to the pandemic, making it difficult for artists and putting so many roles at risk or out of work. Not only that but many of those, especially those who are self-employed, will still face difficulty after the world emerges from quarantine due to inconsistent gigs, travelling and having to rebuild and revitalise the scene after it taking such a hit in the past year. Without these people, the roadies, venue staff, sound engineers (to name a few roles) and the live music industry would not be able to exist, so it is imperative that they are supported not only now but also beyond the lockdown. ‘In Solitude’ hopes to raise awareness and funds for the movement, utilising the thing that brings all these indispensable people together – music.

This call to arms is a 12 and a half minute journey through musical excellence that is not only for a good cause but is an example of great ideas executed well. Whether you are a metal fan or not, everyone can show their appreciation and encouragement for the UK Metal Merger Stagehand Crew Relief Fund by sharing the art and donating to the cause. You can also help by checking out Stagehanda registered charity described as “the original live production welfare and benevolent fund”.

Keep all eyes and ears peeled for the single arriving May 4th, and feel free to contribute whatever and whenever you can.

All relevant links:

Direct donations: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ukmetalmerger

Stagehand: https://www.stagehand.org.uk/

The Musicians of UK Metal Merger are:

AARON STAINTHORPE – MY DYING BRIDE
JEFF SINGER – MY DYING BRIDE  ANDREW CRAIGHAN – MY DYING BRIDE
LUKE APPLETON – ICED EARTH
JO QUAIL – SESSION CELLIST
MARK DEEKS – ARD / WINTERFYLLETH
MARK MYNETT – KILL II
THIS SIMON GORDON – KILL II THIS
DAN CAPP – WINTERFYLLETH / WOLCENSMEN
RICHARD SHAW – CRADLE OF FILTH
ADRIAN MAYES – KRYSTHLA NEIL HUDSON – KRYSTHLA
ANDREW WRIGHT – MOTHERLOAD
STAN HAVARD – XENTRIX
SOPHIE DORMAN – PYTHIA
CHRIS O’TOOLE – DIVINE CHAOS
MATT GILMOUR – DIVINE CHAOS
STACEY GAUNT – PLAGUE OF ANGELS

Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Mark Mynett; Mynetaur Productions www.mynetaur.com

Video Production by Hal Sinden of Eulogy Media; http://www.eulogymedia.com

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Pentral show how to do concept rock right with upcoming single ‘Silent Trees’

In honour of their anticipated album dropping early May, Pentral have released ‘Silent Trees’ to wet the appetite of any avid lovers of heavy riffs and percussion that you can feel in your chest. The track, which was released on March 5th, is a cacophony of ethereal harmonies, progressive driving beats and powerful lead vocals. Reminiscent of classic metal, with steady pacing and a focus on a lilting vocal performance, ‘Silent Trees’ balances compelling storytelling and dynamic musicality effortlessly.

The trio has created an excellent look into the upcoming album, one that stands as a call to arms for humanity against discrimination in a way that is not only accessible but a brilliant listening experience too. ‘Silent Trees’ is epic in its sound whilst it remains grounded due to its pacing, simple yet effective with a grandiose tone. With an accompanying music video that matches the song’s raw essence, the track is punchy with a lot of heart, further shown through the chosen topics and lyricism.

The album was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic and it was a huge challenge wearing face masks almost every time. There was tension and fear among the musicians and engineers of getting infected. Besides that, the songs are not “straight”. Pentral uses a lot of uncommon and odd time signatures and harmonies, so it was pretty hard to record the final version of the tracks. Atmosphere, harmony, melody, groove and a strong message to make people think. For the band, this is what music is all about.” – Victor Lima (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars)

With clear influences from the band’s Brazillian roots and an evident passion that oozes through each note, ‘Silent Trees’ promises that ‘What Lies Ahead of Us’ (dropping May 7th) will be a vivid listening experience. Filled with soul, forcefulness and a fight that has been missing in the current music scene, it is not to be missed.

Keep up to date with Pentral here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pentralmusic/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/pentral

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pentralmusic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pentralmusic

Website: https://www.pentralmusic.com/

Words by Ellen Oakley


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