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:

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

Words by Ellen Oakley


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In Signs are knocking at your door with their new single

In Signs boast the latest melodic rock sound coming all the way from Kyiv, Ukraine. The three-piece band bring with them an immense new single that builds and builds until you are about to explode – and you want to do it all over again!

Introducing the rock track you never knew you needed, ‘Knock Knock’ is the first of several new songs from the trio, hoping to inspire new and old listeners and show the world that In Signs really mean business.

You can watch the brand new lyric video down below!

Combining something old and faithful with a twist of something new, atop influences from their Slavic upbringing, the new single really sets in stone what In Signs are about, simply through one song. The harsh, constricted vocals convey emotion that is only heightened by the incredible melody from the rest of the band.

It’s so important to be true with people who listen to your music and this is our main goal. There are a lot of artists nowadays but not all of them are doing art. We want to prove that music is not about money, it’s about the passion of your life. I’m a closed person and making music and writing lyrics is a perfect way for me to communicate with people. I become a songwriter by chance. I didn’t want to be a musician, it just came up after my first tattoo which is Metallica’s song title ‘Nothing Else Matters’. It’s such a great pleasure to play live some songs which I created from the very beginning. There are a lot of ways to create music but all our songs start from an acoustic guitar and vocals. ”

– Arsen, frontman of In Signs.

Follow In Signs on all social media so you catch the next updates, releases and more!

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Website: https://www.insignsband.com/

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Helestios tackles real world problems with hard-hitting metal album

Up-and-coming UK Metal band Helestios are gearing up to release their upcoming album, Your Pain Tastes Good, which is an exciting mix of tracks with influences from Metallica to Sepultura, with melodic guitar solos to suit your thrash needs.

After the horror of 2020, this album comes as a breath of fresh air to all metal fans, reminding us how the genre always stays true to itself even through conflict and social division. Your Pain Tastes Good is a reminder to both fans of the band and of metal to think positively and always look forward to the good things in life (such as the new album!)

Featuring 8 tracks with incredibly composed guitar – and vocal growls pulled from the depths of hell – this album is a story through ancient mythology and a reflection of the world around us.

Sacrifice opens the album, with the sound of throat singing setting the tune underway before the guitar enters with layers of harmony, and an intro long enough to get lost in the rhythms. Other notable tracks are You Are Free, a triumphant-sounding guitar riff with more gentle vocals to start with, before plunging straight back down into growls. The title track Your Pain Tastes Good, has a more mellow start before the triplet guitar slams in, flipping the mood on its head and reminding you once again of Helestios’ forte.

With influences from all around the world, the band pulls together a unique international feel to their music, with Henrijs Leja on vocals and rhythm guitar, Stelios Aggelis on lead guitar, Ian den Boer on drums and Agnis Aldiņš on bass. The band are based in Basingstoke, UK, but originate from all across Europe.

They combine many different techniques of music from their eclectic past and experiences across the continent, including the aforementioned throat singing by Agnis, to the Lebanese prayer intro, to Return to Baalbek, recorded by Henrijs in Lebanon during the protests in 2019. These little touches make the album incredibly accessible around the globe, simultaneously keeping the listener on their toes with exciting moments on each track, telling real tales of human struggle happening all around us right now.

We want to provoke people to think a bit deeper and realize there’s more than everyday mainstream media has to offer. There’s enough exciting stuff going on right now in various scientific fields from uncovering very unusual facts about ancient history to modern genetics and with our new understanding we should re-apply and re-view many things that we believe are cornerstones. Not to mention the fact we live in an era when individual human rights are noticeably reduced. We’re looking to stand together with everyone, brothers and sisters and friends through metal – stand together for what is right!”

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Megadeath’s David Ellefson Says Band Will Release New Music in 2021

The Heavy Metal giants will release their follow up to the 2016 album dystopia.

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Megadeth David Ellefson

Megadeth will be releasing new music in 2021 – that’s according to the band’s bassist David Ellefson.

In a new interview, Ellefson discussed the progress of the band’s forthcoming album, the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Dystopia’.

“Basic tracks are done. Overdubs now are continuing,” Ellefson told the Decibel Geek podcast. “I’m sure 2021 will see some new Megadeth music of some form – hopefully the whole album, because touring will open up and we can drop a record and the tour dates that we have rescheduled will all go forward as planned. That’s what we’re hoping.”

He added: “That’s about all I can say on it – just ’cause it’s not done yet, so it’s hard to talk about something that’s still in motion.”

Back in June, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine revealed that the band had recorded 18 songs for their new album.

Speaking about their forthcoming 16th studio album, Mustaine said: “Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] and David Ellefson [bass] both just finished their parts. And this was probably one of the strongest records we’ve ever had as far as duration.

“The other records we’ve done have all done been different lengths, and our [record] contract that we have [to deliver] for one company, it’s eight songs, for another company, it’s 11 songs, so, realistically, all we need to do is do an 11-song album and we’re done, right? That’s not the way old Uncle Dave is, though.”