Metallica will headline the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday, September 24th, 2022 in New York City’s Central Park. Also set to appear are Charlie Puth, Jonas Brothers, Måneskin, Mariah Carey, Mickey Guyton and Rosalía. Global Citizen Festival: NYC will be hosted by Bollywood star and Global Citizen ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
Metallica has reached their goal of raising over 1 Million Dollars (USD) for the humanitarian relief effort in Eastern Europe, specifically supporting Ukraine who was invaded by Russia over three months ago. Teaming up with World Central Kitchen, they have delivered 8 million pounds of food to families in need in the region. This wasa combination of direct donations from the band, as well as fan-led fundraising, auction for merch and experiences, and more! The band shared the news via a message from their All Within My Hands charity foundation.
Pink Floyd has released new music in support of the people of Ukraine entitled “Hey Hey Rise Up!” This is the first new original music that they have recorded together as a band since 1994’s The Division Bell. The track sees David Gilmour and Nick Mason joined by long time Pink Floyd bass player Guy Pratt and Nitin Sawhney on keyboards and features vocals by Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band Boombox. All proceeds from the track will go to charity supporting Ukraine, under siege from Russia since February 26th.
Due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Jinjer has stepped down from the upcoming Slipknot led, Knotfest Roadshow Tour, kicking off on March 16th. Wage War has replaced them. Jinjer, will no longer be joining the tour, as they focus on the safety of their families in their home country of Ukraine. Slipknot has announced the two legs Knotfest Roadshow Tour with tickets on sale now. The tour will take place over two legs, both headlined by Slipknot. The first leg will feature special guests In This Moment and now Wage War. The second leg will feature special guests Cypress Hill and Ho99o9.
In the wake of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia (aided by Belarus), Season of Mist’s founder and CEO Michael Berberian has made a post offering support to those artists affected by the conflict, but also work, and refuge a SOM’s office in France. SOM label has several bands from Ukraine, most notably Drudkh. We’d like to shout out this amazing and kind gesture and implore other labels with the ability to mirror this, to do so, and for music media to report this amazing news to help spread the word. We need more actions like this, rather than empty gestures at this critical time in the world. Continue reading
Ukrainian metallers Jinjer have commented on the current unprovoked full scale invasion today in which Russia has invaded Ukraine, which has been a sovereign nation for 30 years, since the end of the old Soviet Union. Jinjer’s comments strongly condemned Russian president Vladimir Putin for authorizing a special military operation into the eastern part of their country earlier today, February 24tth, 2022. According to the band, their families and loved ones are all “safe and unhurt” as of now.
Jinjer has got to be right up there when it comes to the busiest bands in all of hard music today. Just examining their 2019 schedule leads me to notice that they kicked things off with the Micro EP, toured Europe, launched their first headlining North American run this Fall and somehow still found studio time to assemble their fourth proper LP Macro (Napalm Records) just in time for another Euro trek. Don’t know how they do it, but nothing but respect for our Ukrainian friends even if our president is a vile pig monster who tried extorting you guys for political gain. Continue reading
With The Onlooker (Season of Mist Underground Activists) Ukraine’s Windswept has issued an open invitation to any and all Black Metal releases this year to challenge them for the throne. And maybe time will prove my assessment to be wrong, but several listens into The Onlooker its hard to imagine another Black Metal release as sonically satisfying as this anytime soon.Continue reading
If anything can be learned from Jinjer, it is that you can never have disrespect for drive and a strong work ethic. Aside from working on a new album and reissuing their 2014 LP Cloud Factory, these Ukranian upstarts also have a fresh EP in Micro (Napalm Records) ready to be dropped on a hungry audience. And let me tell you, that volume-centric approach is paying off nicely.Continue reading
Never giving interviews and never playing live shows is certainly a good way to give your band a certain mystique. It may seem pretentious and it does mean the art you create loses another dimension by never gracing the ears of a live audience, but there is something to be admired in letting the music quite literally speak for itself, especially when the scene is over saturated. Continue reading