We humans may not be treating it as such, but this pale blue dot of ours called Earth is the only place we’ve got. Yet through constant pollution, wanton natural resource extraction, and unchecked deforestation are causing our home to get hotter and more common “100 year” natural disasters. And as such, some big names in metal are getting together to help raise funds and awareness to protect some of the world’s endangered rainforests.
Savage Lands (the band) is comprised of Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren, Black Bomb A vocalist Poun, Black Bomb A bassist Etienne Treton, and guitarist Sylvain Demercastel. Talk about one hell of a lineup.
Through the release of their single “The Last Howl,” the band is hoping to generate funds in order to help combat further environmental issues in the region. To help add some heft to the band’s single, they recruited Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser and Obituary vocalist John Tardy to the mix. You can check out the song below.
Savage Lands, the U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit, however, was started when Verbeuren and Demercastel decided that they wanted to get involved with nature preservation. According to the organization’s site, it’s a non-profit that generates funds in order to finance reforestation efforts in Costa Rica and purchase land to “extend green areas and create sanctuary zones.”
Unfortunately, deforestation has been running rampant throughout Central and South America for years now, leaving large swathes of land barren and destroying the natural habitats of countless species of animals.
For Demercastel, who lives in Costa Rica, the threat of complete rainforest destruction is constantly on his mind, as companies work aggressively to strip the area of its resources.
“Hearing the chainsaw on a daily basis, because of a recent real estate fever destroying Costa Rica’s ecosystem, we thought it was time to start a new type of action. We are reaching out to this great active community of metalheads.”
Verbeuren said he hopes both the band and the organization can help turn the tides.
“If you want to make a difference, take action! Our greatest hope with Savage Lands is that it will inspire you to join us, and if you can, to start your own initiative to help preserve animals, forests, and our planet.”
Through the release of their single, Savage Lands is donating 100% of its royalties to worthy local causes to help fight deforestation in Costa Rica. The organization is also accepting monetary donations at their website today, so feel free to chip in if you can.
Verbeuren isn’t the only guy in metal looking to save Central and South American rainforests. Last year, Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe explained how he’s been working to purchase land in Ecuador to protect as much rainforest as possible from deforestation.
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