Seattle metallers Beltfed Weapon and Ronny Munroe (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Metal Church, Munroe’s Thunder) have teamed up to release a new single and video, ‘P.O.W.’. Originally the goal was to merely work together, but now all proceeds will benefit Munroe’s wife/manager J. Von Hughes, who has received a Stage 3 Mullerian Ovarian Cancer diagnosis and has enormous medical expenses and bills. Watch the lyric video by acclaimed Bulgarian artist Maria Nicheva below.
“I’m happy that this is for a good cause, supporting Ronny and his incredibly strong wife,” Nicheva said. “This battle is one of many that many have to deal with every day and is becoming more and more frequent, which is a huge reason for us to be better people, helping each other a lot more.”
“We decided to use the character from the album cover art, created by Frank Dooley, in the video. I re-drew it and animated the skeleton in cage to look like he was telling us his story. They gave me their full confidence.”
Beltfed Weapon leader Frank Hetzel commented:
“‘P.O.W.’ is a song I had written the music for about five years ago. Having Ronny sing on this song is a huge honor for me as he is one of my favorite vocalists and a good friend as well, so this is a win-win situation for everyone. I felt this song had his style written all over it and after he recorded his vocals I was very impressed. He put a lot of emotion into this song and it shows. I couldn’t be happier with the results.”
Ronny Munroe also commented on the collaboration:
“Frank is a great songwriter and friend, and I am stoked to be able to do this with him,” Munroe said. It’s a straight-ahead thrash metal song that delivers the goods. It is about one’s personal hell, whether it be a prisoner of war left to die in a cage like an animal or someone going through a horrible disease and not knowing from one day to the next how they are going to cope, but yet still having and keeping the will to survive.“
‘P.O.W.’ also features Dean Sternberg on bass, Daryl Williams on drums and guest solos by Andy Beech and Adon Fanion. ‘P.O.W.’ was produced by Beltfed Weapon, and mixed and mastered by Aaron Smith/Envisage Audio (Jeff Loomis, Ghost Ship Octavious, Binary Code).
The single is available at CD Baby, Amazon and iTunes.