In this pandemic, live music is set to be the first sector to shut down and the last to re-open. Despite some support from the government, numerous iconic grassroots venues have been forced to close their doors for good with many more in danger of doing so. This last year, musicians and the largely self-employed workforce of the music industry have fallen through the cracks in government support and the damage to the industry could be felt for many years to come.
That’s why producer Mark Mynett has brought together some of the UK’s most celebrated Rock and Metal names in a fundraising effort called UK Metal Merger. UK Metal Merger’s campaign is aimed at helping the crew and tech experts that enable all live music to go ahead in COVID’s wake.
The merger consists of eighteen UK Metal musicians including members of Cradle of Filth, My Dying Bride, Iced Earth, Winterfylleth, Kill II This, Xentrix, Divine Chaos, Krystla and Pythia. The result is an epic 12-and-a-half minute musical journey entitled ‘In Solitude’. 12-and-a-half minutes seems all too short when you consider that they had over 300 hours of contributions to work with – the result is a powerful symphonic masterpiece. The 30-second teaser can give you a flavour of the journey you’ll experience once you’re able to listen to the full track on the 4th of May.
A video will accompany the release of ‘In Solitude’ and UK Metal Merger is urging fans to share it far and wide to spread the message. Although it (hopefully) seems that we’re nearing the end of this virus nightmare, the UK’s music industry has a long road to recovery. The help that is available clearly isn’t reaching everyone and we risk the loss of an industry that brings so much joy to us all.
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