On the eve of the release of the Heavy Metal ‘We Stand’ compilation, Derange vocalist Cat Pereira spoke with MetalTalk about the recent events across the world and how it has inspired bands such as Bloodywood, Exist Immortal, Derange, Godeater and Tiberius to come together to try and raise awareness and funds for #BLM.
Ten bands are involved in the project, with all tracks donated and the resulting ‘We Stand’ compilation is a mix of brand new singles and previously released songs.
Cat told MetalTalk: “We reached out to artists who we already had a good friendship with and worked in the past and knew they would most definitely say yes to this project. It was important to be involved with bands that shared the same cause and were already involved in donations and speaking out”.
All the people involved in this project have given their time for free, with all monies raised by the £5 charge for the digital download being donated to various BLM Charities.
“We have mentioned this several times, Derange are not a political band” Cat continues. “But one thing for sure, we stand against hate, racism and discrimination. We live in very strange times and it’s saddening that it’s 2020 and these horrible events are still happening.
“It has come to a point where we felt we needed to do something and get involved. We thought that a collective of artists would be a great way to get more people involved and spread the word”.
Reaching out to other bands in the Metal World resulted in a deluge of bands who wanted to get involved in the project. Cat said: “The response has been amazing, everyone was keen to be part of it. We put our hands to work and everyone did their part to make this a reality.”
‘We Stand’ is as much about raising money, as spreading the word about this situation. Cat finished by telling us: “At this point, every donation counts. Of course we are ambitious in this project and we want to donate as much as possible, but it is also important to get the message out there and get people informed about the several charities that are out there and how everyone can help”.
Full track list:
- DERANGE – WE ARE
- EXIST IMMORTAL – DUST CLOUD
- NESHIIMA – CAVING IN
- GODEATER – INERTIA HAZE
- TIBERIUS – LEVIATHAN
- ATTIC THEORY – MY OWN DESIGN
- FLIGHT OF EDEN – THE MACHINE
- A TITAN, A DEITY – GENESIS
- BLOODYWOOD – ENDURANT
- ON HOLLOW GROUND – OUR LIVES
You can purchase (£5) the digital album from this Bandcamp page.