Marking the one year anniversary of the innovative, first-of-its-kind virtual festival in Metal Injection's Slay At Home, the outlet is celebrating the milestone by going out with a bang.
Organized by Frank Godla of Metal Injection, the initial concept was to craft a progressive, forward-thinking means of executing live music safely, while navigating the a strange new reality in quarantine. Additionally, the event was a means of generating sorely-needed funds for those in completely shuddered live music industry who it hard financially as a result.
The initial Slay At Home virtual music festival turned out to be such a success that the outlet continued with a monthly Slay At Home series that featured a curated roster of live performances and special live collaborations from a host of heavy music's most buzz worthy artist and revered contributors.
The Slay At Home series offered dream collaborations like members of GWAR, The Black Dahlia Murder, Megadeth, and Suicidal Tendencies covering Cannibal Corpse, while members of Mastodon, Dethklok andRevocation tackled Megadeth's "Holy Wars". They showcased members of Suicide Silence, Abysmal Dawn, and Incite taking on essential Sepultura. They featured generational pairings like members of Type O Negative and Testament with Mutoid Man and Candiria taking on timeless Black Sabbath.
These especially rare collaborations were in addition to a constantly rotating roster of heavy music's most exciting artists, asserting the raw power of their live performance when fans needed it the most. Buzzworthy artists like The Ocean, Vintersea, HULL, Akiavel, BAEST and even TesseracT just to name a few were among the massive catalog of performance footage amassed under the Slay AT Home banner.
Drawing the series to close, Slay At Home will be going out big with their biggest collection collaborators yet in the Slay at Home finale. Organizer Frank Godla discussed the finale, "I started Slay At Home early in the pandemic to create an entertainment fundraiser that would aid the music industry and charities I'm passionate about, while providing a fun new experience for metal fans around the globe. As the world prepares for a post-quarantine comeback, with more live shows announced each week, I have made the decision to send off Slay At Home as it began a year ago, with a mammoth variety show filled with lots of surprises, for an even greater set of causes. I invite everyone in the world to safely get together and watch as we celebrate music in its purest form. It's an honor all around to work on this with so many incredible players who went above and beyond to create a truly unique experience."
Broadcasting Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19, music will begin at 3PM EST on both days and unlike previous Slay At Home events, the finale will feature panel discussions beforehand from the likes of Matt Heafy (Trivium), Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil), and Finn McKenty (YouTuber). The complete schedule of panel discussions and information about each can be found via Metal injection - HERE
As for the music, the line up for the Slay At Home Finale boast a who's who in heavy music. The complete line up of collaboration participants includes members of Deftones, Megadeth, Incubus, Killswitch Engage, Cavalera Conspiracy, Type O Negative, Suffocation, Carcass, Cyrptopsy, Fear Factory, King Diamond, Dragonforce, Municipal Waste, Satyricon, SCOUR, Vital Remains and so, so many more.
Slay At Home will also include original performances from notable artists including Lacuna Coil, GOST, Amigo The Devil, Employed to Serve, King, Rotting Christ, Javier Reyes of Animals As Leaders, Bewitcher, Cage Fight, and so many more.
The free, virtual event will be collection donations which will all go towards four very deserving four organizations including, Musicares, The Iggy Fund, Cancer Research Institute, and National Alliance On Mental Illness. Info on these four charities can be found at the Slay At Home website HERE.