Greta Thunberg’s Death Metal Cover Is Officially A Single, With All Proceeds Going To Greenpeace
Swedish teenager and climate change activist Greta Thunberg has become a divisive figure in, of all places, the metal scene. Days after her furious speech to the United Nations, which led Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale to call her “our modern day Joan of Arc”, one musician decided to set her speech to death metal — a move that Greta supported with good humor, even as droves of psychos used it to call her a crisis actor. Now, not only is the death metal version of Greta’s speech available for purchase as a digital single, but all proceeds go to Greenpeace.
The single, How Dare You, is being released by Despotz Records and is available via the ‘GT Official’ Bandcamp. According to the label’s statement, “All the record company’s profits from the release will go straight to the environmental rights activist group Greenpeace. With the single release, Despotz Records launches a campaign under the hashtag #greenmetal where they urge the metal fans worldwide to mobilize and take part in the environmental movement together and to create history making the death metal song How Dare You enter the Billboard top 10 charts!”
You can listen to the track below:
And here’s the original viral video, if you missed it:
The cover was created by John Merideth of New York City-based metal trio Suaka. “When I saw her speech, I was very impressed by her passion and outrage,” John told Rolling Stone. “And the words she chose just evoked the darkness of the metal music I love: Entombed, Gojira, At the Gates, Sepultura…I guess I didn’t really have a specific intent other than to turn her brutal words into a metal song. My personal stance is that individuals need to do their part to strive to conserve and preserve our environment…
“Teen angst can be a powerful and important driving force in society, for instance the Arab spring,” he continued. “But there is an element of satire and levity regarding the tone and the music.”
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