The COVID-19 lockdown has had an immeasurable impact on the live music sector, particularly for touring crews such as roadies, sound engineers, stagehands and many more. ‘In Solitude’ is an effort devised by esteemed producer Mark Mynett and comes as a product of eighteen of the UK’s biggest metal giants, including members of Cradle Of Filth, My Dying Bride, Iced Earth, Winterfylleth, Kill II This, Xentrix, Divine Chaos, Krysthla and Pythia.

Driven by their collective love of live music with a view to support the sector’s long road to recovery from the pandemic, the UK Metal Merger project resulted in an epic 12-and-a-half-minute musical journey titled ‘In Solitude’. Mixed and mastered during Lockdown Two, with the video filmed and edited during Lockdown Three, over 300 hours of contributions were edited down into a track that explodes into a listening experience which is as symphonic as it is powerful.

In the live events sector, roadies are largely self-employed and therefore underrepresented in the grand scope of the industry; it’s now the responsibility of artists to unite with roadies to ensure their voices are heard. The chosen charity Stagehand aims to provide basic necessities to support the roadies who are unable to work due to the pandemic. 

UK Metal Merger’s call-to-arms is to ask for everyone to share the video, track and message and ask those who are able to donate to the Stagehand Crew Relief Fund. ‘In Solitude’ is set to be released on the 4th of May but you can donate to the fund right now.

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

UK Metal Merger Stagehand Crew Relief Fund: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ukmetalmerger


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