Covid-19 has devastated the UK live music industry. After a full year of no live gigs, tours or festivals, road crew and techs have seen their livelihoods all but disappear before their very eyes.
Determined to tackle this challenge head on, The UK Metal Merger team are ready to bring some much needed support to the beloved live sector.
The UK Metal Merger sees the coming together of some of Rock and Metal’s biggest names, all for the fantastic cause of supporting the live sector and its hardworking employees.
Brought to life by music producer Mark Mynett, UK Metal Merger sees eighteen UK metal musicians – including members of Cradle Of Filth, My Dying Bride, Iced Earth, Winterfylleth, Kill II This, Xentrix, Divine Chaos, Krysthla and Pythia – coming together and collaborating remotely on an epic track called In Solitude, releasing on 4th May.
The live sector is sorely missed by music fans and gig-goers across the country who haven’t felt the sticky floors of a music venue in 12 months.
Perhaps those who have suffered greatest from the silencing of live music are those self-employed in the sector from roadies, to sound engineers, to drivers, to venue staff.
Many have fallen through the gaps, unable to access government support and at risk of losing everything. The fears they have faced this past year and unimaginable.
United by their shared love of live music, UK Metal Merger took to arms and began fighting for the sector’s long road to recovery. The result: a 12-and-a-half-minute musical journey titled In Solitude full of grit, guts and real gumption.
Working closely with registered charity StageHand who are helping to support those most in need, Metal Merger UK are imploring music fans to spread the message. Share the In Solitude video and help raise funds for UK Metal Merger Stagehand Crew Relief Fun.
Bringing together some of the very best Metal talents the UK has to offer, In Solitude is one of the best collaborative Metal singles we’ve heard EVER.
Accompanied by a striking video, the power-packed ‘In Solitude’ is a great single grafting to support a great cause.
We can’t think of a better movement to get behind. The UK music industry wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for all the wonderful crews who help to bring us the very best live shows; the support the UK Metal Merger are showing is greatly deserved.
The full In Solitude collaborator list is as follows-
AARON STAINTHORPE – MY DYING BRIDEJEFF SINGER – MY DYING BRIDE
ANDREW CRAIGHAN – MY DYING BRIDELUKE APPLETON – ICED EARTHJO QUAIL – SESSION CELLISTMARK DEEKS – ARD / WINTERFYLLETHMARK MYNETT – KILL II THIS
SIMON GORDON – KILL II THISDAN CAPP – WINTERFYLLETH / WOLCENSMENRICHARD SHAW – CRADLE OF FILTHADRIAN MAYES – KRYSTHLA
NEIL HUDSON – KRYSTHLAANDREW WRIGHT – MOTHERLOADSTAN HAVARD – XENTRIXSOPHIE DORMAN – PYTHIACHRIS O’TOOLE – DIVINE CHAOSMATT GILMOUR – DIVINE CHAOS
STACEY GAUNT – PLAGUE OF ANGELS
Get ready for In Solitude which drops on 4th May.
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