Saturday Six with Ken Kopija

ken_bandcamp_saturday_six

Our second Saturday Six, this time with Inhale the Heavy editor in chief Ken Kopija. Keeping with the spirit of Metal Bandcamp Gift Club, we celebrate the support of artists and their music, and we use this feature as a means of promoting good tunes and hoping you discover something new, and possibly becoming a fan!

1. Body Void/Keeper Split (vinyl) – Anxious to hear this new Body Void
track. They are one of my favorite bands, and I absolutely love
everything they have done so far. Heavy as fuck! I’ve heard of Keeper,
but I am not familiar with their sound, so this will be a surprise.

2. Body Void/Keeper Split (cassette) – See above.

3. The Satyr’s Path by Sky Shadow Obelisk – My brother in heavy Peter
Scartabello is the sole member of Sky Shadow Obelisk. Vocals, guitars,
bass, keyboards, drums. All Peter. He also recorded, mixed and
released it on his label Yuggoth Records. Great metal here.


4. The Diving Bell by Chrome Ghost – Melodic doom/sludge band from
Sacramento. I was turned on to them after reading a tweet from Body
Void’s Will Ryan – thanks, Will!


5. Jitter Visions by Cup – I purchased the vinyl version of this
release having never even heard of the band. It’s called “jitter
spasm,” pressed on coke bottle clear and purple vinyl. It sure is nice
to look at. Then I found out that Kelsey Chapstick is the drummer, so
that was pretty cool.


6. This Will Kill That by The Joy Thieves – A fine collaborative
industrial project featuring members of Ministry, Stabbing Westward,
The Machines of Loving Grace, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult and
more. Produced and engineered by my friend and former co-worker James
Scott at Populist Recording. He also plays bass in the band and sings
lead on the track, “Honeycomb and Silk.”

Donate Gear to your Local Girls Rock Camp

neatoIn the corner of my room was my unused bass. Sitting in its gig bag, it gathered dust. It wasn’t doing anything for anyone.

So I donated it to Lehigh Valley Girls Rock, a great organization that is “dedicated to empowering girls, women, and trans & nonbinary folks through music and art.”

In the same way that buying albums for absolute strangers feels nice, giving away unused equipment feels great, too. Sure, maybe I’ll use it again someday, but in the meantime, that donation creates energy and enthusiasm for everyone involved.

I walked away feeling good, and the program director was stoked, too.

If you’ve got some equipment laying around that you aren’t using, reach out to your local music camp and see if they could use it. They might even sell it and use the money, which is great, too.

Maybe you’re active in your local music scene; talk to that local org and see what they need. Those rock camps need food, equipment, supplies; you and your trusty band might be able to gather up a bunch of those things, and that could be a huge help!

 

Metal Bands and Fans Helping with the Fire Relief Efforts in Australia

ampMetallica has pledged $500,000, Ice Nine Kills is donating all profits from a limited edition shirt, and Fit For An Autopsy* raised over $6,000 to help with the tragedy in Australia.

If electronic music is your thing (as a metalhead I can definitely appreciate some electronic music from time to time), Resident Advisor has a big list of artists who are raising money to help.

The Amity Affliction* are from Australia, and donating money via their label and their own webstore:

 
I’m definitely missing a bunch of others, so if you know of anyone else donating money via their music, art, or anything else, please let me know!

* I work for Atom Splitter PR who does publicity for these bands, but this post was written 100% independently of my affiliation.

Knocked Loose Raised almost $10,000 for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

knocked loose

Knocked Loose donated almost $10,000 to Kentucky’s Center for Women and Families, in memory of Tiffany Tomerlin. They raised the money by offering a special edition shirt through their website back in October, 2019.

This blew our expectations out of the water. We are so grateful for any and every one that helped by purchasing or sharing the post, you helped spread awareness on a topic that often is forgotten and it will impact so many. From every single one of us, thank you!

knocked loose shirt

via: https://www.instagram.com/p/B3r_-OOAxXp/

Don’t ever believe there’s no money out there for things like this. With so much marketing and advertising and media in the world it’s hard to keep up. Never feel guilty when you see a fundraiser going on and you can’t lend any support. That just means today you can’t. Maybe next week you’ll be able to help, or next month. There’s always going to be a need, and you can help when the time is right!

Saturday Six with Seth Werkheiser

IMG_5228

Here’s my six latest Bandcamp purchases – maybe you’ll discover something new, or be reminded of a release you’ve been streaming and just never got around to purchasing. Enjoy!

1. ‘Long Gone​/​Irrelevant‘ by Jamie Lenman – discovered from the music video (below), and the song “Long Gone” track features Justine Jones from Employed to Serve.

2. ‘Victor Jara – Duerme, Duerme Negrito (Billy Caso Edit)‘ by Billy Caso – a completely random find, but that vocal melody stuck in my head.

3. ‘Riffs for Reproductive Justice‘ by Black Flags Over Brooklyn, because reproductive rights are human rights.

4. ‘The Language Of Injury‘ by Ithaca – one of my favorite albums of 2019.

5. ‘Ape Breaks 1‘ by Shawn Lee – I’ve been playing more bass lately, and wanted to jam along to something a little more organic than a drum machine, and this fit the bill completely (and opened my eyes and ear to sooo many drum beats on Bandcamp).

6. ‘Burn II Feat. Kristina Esfandiari’ by VOWWS – fell in love with VOWWS’ 2018 release ‘Under the World,‘ and then I saw they re-did one of my favorite songs with Kristina Esfandiari (Miserable, King Woman), so I had to pick this up.

Want to show off your most recent six Bandcamp purchases? Email me (seth@metalbandcampgift.club) and let’s talk!