The devastating Russian invasion of Ukraine has sparked a humanitarian crisis. Marina Ammouri, a Ukraine native vocalist and pianist, living in Stockholm, Sweden, has reached out to the Heavy Metal community to form a musical project to show support for the people of Ukraine.
United Musicians For Ukraine (UMFU) features musicians with connections to bands such as Rainbow, Europe, HammerFall, Soilwork, King Diamond, Therion, Eclipse and Yngwie Malmsteen. They have united to to record a Metal version of the John Lennon classic Imagine.
An emotional and captivating version of the song, MetalTalk hopes that it will inspire people to share and show support for the people of Ukraine as the war enters its 28th day.
There are ways to help. Please visit the links below for more information.
UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency – www.unhcr.org
UNICEF – www.unicef.org
Médecins Sans Frontières – Doctors Without Borders – www.msf.org
International Red Cross – www.icrc.org/en
Lee Small (Lionheart, Sweet)
Björn Strid (Soilwork, Night Flight Orchestra)
Doogie White (ex. Yngwie Malmsteen)
Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse)
Mats Levén (Prins Svart, Vandenberg)
Daniel Vargas (Adellaide)
Jakob Samuel (ex. The Poodles)
Joacim Cans (HammerFall)
Thomas Wikström (Therion)
Mic Michaeli (Europe)
Pontus Norgren (HammerFall)
Staffan Österlind (From The Sky, Paul Di’Anno)
Simon Johansson (Wolf)
Pontus Egberg (King Diamond, Wolf)
Johan Koleberg (Wolf)
Johan Norgren (Vikingarna)
Produced by Pontus Egberg
Recorded at SolnaSound Studios and various studios around the world
Mixed by Pontus Norgren at Damage Done Studio
Mastered by Claes Persson
Video edited by Pontus Egberg